Once bitten, twice shy: Choosing the right practice the first time

By Andrew M. Wong, MD, and Brian J. Hartigan, MD

Did you know that up to half of new orthopaedic surgeons will change their practice situation within the first two years? During an average career, ortho-paedists may change practices two or three times.

Although changing a practice is common, it’s also costly in terms of money, marital and family stress, professional productivity, and personal satisfaction. Relocating within the first two years of practice can also have an effect on Board certification because the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery requires 22 consecutive months in the same practice area in order to sit for the Board exam.

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