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A career mentor can give you wisdom on tough decisions, like "I have a lot of good opportunities to pick from.  What is the best ophthalmology job for me?"

If You're asking this question and you're trying to narrow down the field of job and partnership opportunities you have, here's a helpful MD career checklist for your reference.  If you have any questions about this information, just send us a quick note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who owns the ASC.
Doctor and Staff turnover.
How often do associates become partners?
How does the practice handle negative online reviews?
Is there a Mentor in the House?
How busy will you really, truly, actually be?
Where will your patients come from?
What will the buy-in cost and what does it include---What’s not included?
How numerous and how strong are their relationships with primary care MDs and ODs?
How important are word of mouth patient referrals to the practice?
Is the practice adding multiple doctors at the same time?
How will the practice market you so that you can both be quickly successful?
Is the practice considering a merger, acquiring another group or perhaps selling out to private equity?
If I prefer not to become a partner, will I be allowed to stay on as an employee?
What are the steps to becoming a partner?
What are the advantages of becoming a partner?
Would you mind if I talk with the last doctor who was here?
In what ways is the practice always looking to improve patient eye care?
How happy are you with your EMR?
What does the group do or want to do to attract and keep top notch non MD talent?
How will you fit into the practice
What is the practice culture? What’s it like to actually work here?
How much time will be spent at remote locations?
What is the commute time to each location?
What kinds of patients will be sent to you from other doctors in the organization
Tech support...experienced--- turnover?
Can you meet and speak with people in other departments, not just doctors. Such as front desk, billing, techs, marketing, administration. Do you tend to hear a lot of people talking about why they believe in the organization? 
How are decisions, especially big decisions in the practice, made?
Has your attorney reviewed your contract? Suppose you lose your job or decide to switch practices...Will you be able to stay in the area and still practice locally or will you and your family have to relocate?
Flexibility in the schedule.

Thanks for reading OjO's blog.  If you have any questions about this career checklist, or you'd like us to present this information to your residency or fellowship program, please let us know.

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