I have spent the last 30 years in both academic and private practice settings. During this time I have tried to best understand how to have passion and a meaningful professional while maintaining work life balance and financial soundness. This pursuit has been a challenge but has allowed me to learn and develop a practice devoted to helping other practitioners in achieve this result!
Frequently clinicians select a job by defining
1) where they want to live,
2) the setting in which they wish to practice i.e. inpatient, outpatient, consult-liason or administrative work, and make their decision based on
3) the best pay and benefits for this type of work.
Although this is a good start there is much more to consider than this. In accordance with this I have tried to design our The Institute for Personal Development, our private practice, in such a way that we can be most flexible to help co-create a practitioner’s life in a way that brings meaningful clinical work, work life balance and financial rewards under one roof. Remember, the work that you do will directly affect your personal life, and your family balance. Therefore, finding a practice which will assist you in this pursuit is an essential decision.
At the heart of the Institute for Personal Development doing the right thing for patients. This is our North Star! This means treating patients in an evidenced based paradigm! However, in order to treat our patients optimally is the corresponding understanding that if a practitioner is not healthy they will not be able to effectively treat their patients. Therefore, having a practice that honors the need of our practitioners of having work life balance is paramount!
In order for practitioners to have work life balance there are multiple considerations which must be met:
- They must be paired with the clinical population they are passionate about i.e mood disorders, anxiety disorder, Psychotic Disorders etc
- They must have a schedule that fits into their personal life i.e. days and no weekends
- They must have a culture that is supportive, caring and fun.
- They must not be working to the extent that it interferes in their personal life in a significant way i.e. working unreasonable hours never working to the point where they are stressed.
- They must have a culture that promotes personal and professional development.
- They must have a mentor that lives these values and cares about them.
- They must have an experienced physician / psychiatrist who can guide them in difficult clinical and medical legal situations.
- They must be able to take time with patients and not asked to see more than 2 patients per hour
- They must have free time and time to recoup and enjoy other aspects of their life i.e. have their weekends free
- They must be able to work close to home
- They must be paid well
- They must have a path toward professional and financial growth
The Institute for Personal Development has 9 locations. Frequently we are able to help clinicians work close to their desired location. We have multiple types of opportunities including all outpatient or consultation-liaison or all in-patient opportunities or combinations of all of the above. We are flexible in terms of hours worked, particularly for parents who want to be at home with their children during their formative years. We have excellent pay and benefits including BCBS PPO, Principal 401 K, option for vision, dental, and disability. Finally, there is the option for loan repayment without having to live in a rural area in addition to the option for relocation expenses when moving from out of state.
The biggest thing I have learned is that money truly cannot buy happiness. However, joining a practice which allows for a career path honoring the need for clinicians to have a balanced life while being paid well is why we most of our practitioners have been with us over 10 years. Many of our clinicians have been with us over 15 years and some over 30 years!
- Doing the right thing for patient’s health is our North Star
- Using Empirically Validated Treatments and our clinical experience should guide treatment
- Spending time with patients to thoroughly assess, treat and help patients understand that we CARE about them!
- Surrounding the patient with therapies for:
- Allopathic Medicine
- Functional Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Team Play
- Creating a healthy Culture that honors the work life balance of our Employees
- Having fun and a playful workplace
- Being open to constructive feedback and data
- Continuing Medical Education
- Caring about the Health of the organization
- Striving for excellent customer services
- Direct, Open, honest communication with accountability to our patients, organization and one another
- Create a business that pays employees at competitive market rates
- Create an opportunity which allows employees to be paid for creativity and entrepreneurship so they can work smarter not harder
- Create Opportunity for Clinicians to develop Multiple streams of revenue rather than just doing clinical work
- Documenting and Billing at the at the time of the service
Ron Wuest MD
For More Information Please contact : Carleen Skarzynski