Negotiating your orthopaedic employment contract

By Stephen P. Makk, MD, MBA

Make sure you can live with the details
One of the most important documents orthopaedic surgeons encounter in their professional lives is their employment contract with an orthopaedic group. The contract is just as important for surgeons entering practice as it is for surgeons switching practices midcareer. It’s no less important than a prenuptial agreement or your last will and testament.

When you are evaluating orthopaedic surgery employment opportunities, focus not only on the starting salary, benefits, and bonus opportunities, but also on the partners, the ancillaries, and the community where you’ll be living. The relationships in any practice and the quality of life outside the practice can magnify both benefits and problems and should be an integral part of your decision-making process.

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