Career advice & resources

  • Nearly everyone who pursues a career in medicine has the goal of improving patient lives. The methods for doing that, however, can take on different forms. There are several alternative-career paths that, in many instances, have physicians putting in little or no time in a clinical setting. Read ...
  • About 40 percent of physicians are likely to marry another physician or health professional. With about half of physicians reporting at least one symptom of burnout, that means many dual physician households have a heightened risk that one or both will experience burnout. Physician couples have u...
  • With three million copies in print, House of God is one of the most important medical novels ever written. The New York Times called the book “a cult phenomenon. . . . Singularly compelling…brutally honest,” A new video from JAMA Network tells the backstory of the writing of this classic.
  • When it comes to student debt, you’re far from alone. There’s no need to stress out or feel embarrassed about your situation. Instead, gain an understanding of the options available and make things manageable. Alex Macielak, and Chirag Shah, MD, discuss the state of student debt in the U.S., as w...
  • Nearly a century has passed since the American Medical Association endorsed “periodic medical examinations of apparently healthy persons” in 1922 but real physicians and other interested parties have debated the value of checkups for decades. This JAMA Medical News & Perspectives explores this de...
  • Many physicians wait to retire until their late 60s or 70s, but if you’re considering an early retirement, you’re not alone. Nearly 30 percent of physicians retire between the ages of 60 and 65, and 12 percent retire before the age of 60. Here are five questions to include on your list of things ...
  • If your practice's team culture is healthy, it will influence the success of your practice's operations. Just as you can transform your processes, you can transform your culture. Read more about how you can engineer your culture to be one that will flourish in the current rapidly changing health ...
  • Your residency is wrapping up and you are thinking about your first post-residency job – What do you want and how can you achieve it? A recently released survey, conducted by the physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins, sheds some light on trends and AMA experts offer insights on how you can ac...
  • It’s not about what you wear as much as how you prepare. Interviewing and negotiating your first contract involves a lot of steps. Wes Cleveland, senior attorney with the AMA, shares some tips and walks you through the process in the Making the Rounds podcast. While many of these are common sens...
  • For the first time in history employed physicians slightly outnumber those who own their own practice. In 2018, 47.4 percent of practicing physicians were employed, while 45.9 percent owned their practices, according to a new entry in the AMA Policy Research Perspectives (PRP) series. Read more a...
  • Nearly half of all physicians are married to physicians, and those numbers are expected to rise. The good news is that dual physician couples are less likely to divorce, but they face unique career and family experiences. This JAMA Viewpoint discusses the special challenges these couples face, an...
  • An online survey of doctors finds an overall physician burnout rate of 44 percent, with 15 percent saying they experienced colloquial or clinical forms of depression. More than 15,000 physicians from 29 specialties responded to the survey resulting in the “National Physician Burnout, Depression &...
  • Many residents, fellows and new physicians have substantial medical education loans. In 2016, the median debt burden for medical school graduates was $190,000. Get tips for managing your medical student loans and understand your options for repayment.
  • Trusted relationships between patients and their physicians are a timeless foundation of medical practice, but less is known about trust between physicians. How do relationships with colleagues impact patient care and physician burnout?
  • There is a reportable medical emergency on 1 of every 600 flights so chances are, if you fly a lot you may hear the call. 144 times a day physicians are called to aid passengers who have fallen ill. How do you manage in flight emergencies?
  • Throughout your entire career, you've been preparing for retirement. You've planned. You've saved. By now, you might have a retirement date in mind. If that date is 6-12 months away, these steps can help with your impending transition out of practice.
  • Are you a young physician preparing to transition from residency and fellowship? You likely have many questions about your future in medicine. These concerns extend to finances, as highlighted by an AMA Insurance Agency Inc. survey of U.S. medical residents.
  • Physicians are constantly on the lookout for technological solutions that give them the right information at the right time, and smartphone apps can be one solution. But with more than 318,000 available health-related mobile applications, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
  • What should you look for in compensation and benefit packages? Do all employers offer new physician bonuses? Wes Cleveland explores compensation and benefits in this episode of the podcast series Making the Rounds.
  • Learning physician resiliency has numerous benefits for you, your training, and your practice, but what exactly is resiliency?