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A 25-year-old male asked:

Which one is better for family medicine doc? job in private hospital/public sector/private practice

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
Private Practice: You'll have more time and fun healthtaping in private practice. At the end of the the day, they are all good and it depends on your personality. Its often hard to decide so you start in one place and if you're not happy, you move on. Its one of the few privileges of being a doctor. As long as you can help one person a day while you're happy, you'll be fine where ever you are.
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Dr. David Liu
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 20 years experience
Your focus: If you are dedicated to helping poor/underserved patients, perhaps a career in the public health service corps, indian health service, or at a federally qualified health center (community health center). If you would like to tailor your practice in a particular way, the private sector might be better. Finally, if you are looking for a very structured position with defined hours, hospitalist?
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Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 42 years experience
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Jul 23, 2013
Dr. Jon Murphy
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Private practice : When in private practice you make decisions on hours, vacation, hospital affiliation and more. It requires a good manager though and can be a financial stress initially yet is more rewarding than having someone in management tell you how long to spend per patient and how many patients to schedule.
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Depends: One thing i would not recommend is a solo private practice in view of today's regulations including need for expensive electronic medical record systems and the complications of hiring and paying employees. Private practice in a well run private practice may be more satisfying than being employed by others although you may not have to work as hard when employed.
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Dr. Craig Coleby
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Private Practice: It depends on the preferences and goals of the doctor. The most common employment now is working as an employee of a hospital or clinic system, but they may have different goals and motivations that are not yours. But you don't usually have to worry about the business side of medicine. In private practice your goals and desires can be achieved more easily because you are the employer and owner.
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Last updated May 4, 2015

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