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August 2012 Bulletin: Women in Medicine

Working Part-Time: A Self-Assessment Tool for Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) American Medical Association (AMA) Women Physicians Congress

You may be thinking about reducing your practice hours, job sharing or seeking another kind of part-time position. You are not alone; a growing number of physicians are working part-time or considering it.

Certainly there are both rewards and challenges in working part-time. It allows more time for balancing family responsibilities, or for pursuing other professional interests. At the same time, some physicians report a down-side, including the loss of benefits, reductions in administrative support, or a perceived drop in their professional status.

The most important factor in making the decision is understanding your objectives and realistically evaluating what you need to do to achieve them. You must identify what you can live with and what you cannot, as well as clearly evaluate your career goals and job satisfaction measures. Finally, it is about negotiation – with yourself, your loved ones, and your employers or partners.

The following Physician Self-Assessment questionnaire will help you think through these issues and prepare for finding the best work option for you. This questionnaire has been provided to you as a PDF file that you can download and print so that you can think about these issues and refer back to your answers as you explore your work/practice options.

Physician Self-Assessment Questionnaire (pdf)

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