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Shorter workweek, high tech: Key attractions for new physicians
For young physicians, squeezing full-time hours into four days a week is the most desired flexible schedule when considering practice opportunities, according to a new survey by a physician placement firm featured in American Medical News.
The survey, by Cejka Search, found that half of residents and fellows labeled the four-day workweek as important or very important in their practice search. The next most popular options were job sharing and part-time work (between 20 and 40 hours in a full workweek).
Not surprisingly, the new generation of physicians also is embracing technology in health care as a means to improve efficiency, allowing for better patient care and helping ensure work-life balance. Electronic health records and mobile apps are seen as particularly useful, as described in a recent AP article. Young doctors also value teamwork among physicians and other health professionals, which emphasizes the need for rapid and easy sharing of patient data among team members.