Enjoying a long, successful career as a doctor is a great way to ease into your retirement years. You have put in long years and a lot of hard work, gaining the education you needed to be a doctor and then working throughout your career to stay up to date and useful to your patients. Perhaps you have built a very successful private practice that provides medical services to your community, but after many years of hard work, you are ready to move on.
For many doctors, moving on from private practice might mean selling or closing the practice. They hit the golf course or the beach and enjoy the free time they now have with family and friends. Enjoying full-time retirement is the right of anyone who has worked a long, successful career.
In spite of the appealing nature of spending your days free to do whatever you choose, it is not the right option for many doctors. In some cases, it is a financial matter. They might want to continue working so they can continue earning a salary, even if they are not working and earning as much as they were at one time. There might also be insurance benefits to continuing to work as a doctor, even if it is on a part-time basis.
And finally, for others, the desire to continue work after the first phase of your career is over is for personal fulfillment. You might love working a a doctor and treating patients, but just not be up to working with patients full-time or dealing with all the other duties of operating a private practice. For many doctors, running a private practice full-time requires far more than 40 hours per week worth of work.
Exploring a hospitalist career might be a great opportunity in any of these cases. Hospitalists work in hospitals and provide care onsite to patients. They work both full-time and part-time hours and have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to planning their schedules. Some hospitalists even work in remote locations, which means if you want to retire away from the urban or suburban area, you could continue to work with patients that might have access to care only at the local ER or hospital facility.
Regardless of your specific reasons for continuing to work into your retirement years, a hospitalist career might be the right option for you. Speak to a physician management services professional for more information.
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