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Clinic or Hospital: Where Will You Be the Happiest?

Published on: Dec 10, 2021

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What every physician should consider to find the right fit.


When Dr. Estelle Lin was deciding where she wanted to work after residency, she wasn’t sure which path would fit her best — a clinic or a hospital setting. Rather than committing to a long-term position, she decided to try out both. For the next year, she took on shifts at both clinics and hospitals on a per diem basis. 

Ultimately, Dr. Lin chose to work as an Internal Medicine physician at a Pacific Medical Centers’ clinic in Washington, where she says she has a career she’s passionate about, plus the time to do the things she enjoys. Here, we talk with her, as well as the Provider Solutions & Development Physician Recruiter Allyson Hollingsworth, who helped Dr. Lin find her job, about the pros and cons of working in each setting. 

Working in a Hospital

  • Pro
    Every day is different. If you thrive in fast-paced environments, hospitals deliver. You’ll work with severely ill patients that require constant conversations with specialists, surgeons, nurses, case managers, social workers and families. You can expect the unexpected at any hour of the day in this acute-care environment, where you’ll be expected to think fast on your feet, make decisions quickly and move on to the next patient.
  • Con
    Inconsistent schedules. Hospitals operate around the clock, so your schedule may rotate between days, nights and evenings, and you may be expected to work long hours. Weekend and holiday shifts may be required, sometimes on short notice.

Working in a Clinic

  • Pro
    Building relationships. In an ambulatory care setting, you get to really know patients and their families, and you learn about their work and interests. You can be there for them in health and sickness. Dr. Lin says she finds working with her patient panel extremely gratifying.
  • Con
    Paperwork and administrative tasks. Patients will request that you fill out forms for them – for jury duty, sports physicals, disabled parking permits, FMLA leave, etc. You also may be required to manage supplies or complete miscellaneous administrative tasks.

Dig deeper into the pros and cons of working in a hospital versus working in a medical clinic. Want to discuss your options with an expert Recruitment Advisor? We have those on deck at Provider Solutions & Development. We offer holistic, personalized career guidance to help you find the right fit, at every step in your career. Start the conversation today.

About Provider Solutions & Development  

Provider Solutions & Development is a community of experts founded within Providence, a purpose-driven, 51-hospital health system, over 20 years ago out of a clear need to change recruitment. Today we support dozens of hospital systems and serve physicians and advanced practice clinicians with heart, from residency to retirement, so they can do the same for their patients. With exclusive access to hundreds of positions across the nation, Provider Solutions & Development offers holistic, personal career guidance and placement that puts physicians and advanced practice clinician’s needs first.

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