The prospect of transitioning from residency to practice can be daunting. You no longer have an attending physician supervising your work. There is no faculty to lean on when you don't know the answer. Your training was extensive, but are you prepared?
Starting today, AAFP News Now will take an in-depth look at the challenges new physicians face as they take this important step forward in their careers. A panel of new physicians -- selected based on recommendations from AAFP members and leaders, as well as Academy staff who work directly with this segment of membership -- will share their stories in a new AAFP News Now blog. Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice won't just be about the struggles new physicians go through; our panel of new physicians also want to share their success stories with you and ask for advice along the way.
Our hope is that other new physician members -- who likely face many of the same issues as our contributors -- will join the dialogue via the comments field and share their own perspectives on being a new physician or even a resident about to transition to being a new physician. We also want to invite our more seasoned members to share their thoughts and any advice that could be helpful to their less experienced colleagues.
Our contributing physicians -- all of whom have completed residency since 2011 -- will address a variety of topics, including the trend toward physician employment, starting a new practice, avoiding physician burnout, finding work/life balance, clinical topics and more in the weeks ahead. And they will look at topics from the perspective of their employment situation, which varies from physicians in small practices to employed physicians to faculty members.
Here is a look at who we will be hearing from:
• Michael Brackman, D.O., Fort Hood, Texas;
• Helen Gray, M.D., Reno, Nev.;
• Megan Guffey, M.D., M.P.H., Tacoma, Wash.;
• Kyle Jones, M.D., Salt Lake City;
• Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., Bronx, N.Y.;
• Beth Loney Oller, M.D., Stockton, Kan.;
• Amy McIntyre, M.D., M.P.H., Butte, Mont.;
• Heidi Meyer, M.D., San Diego;
• Peter Rippey, M.D., Marshall, Mo.;
• Gerry Tolbert, M.D., Burlington, Ky.;
• Jennifer Trieu, M.D., Seattle; and
• Meshia Waleh, M.D., Columbia, S.C.
Our first Fresh Perspectives blog post, which was written by Kisha Davis, M.D., M.P.H, our new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, is up now.
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