Understanding Your Employment Contract

An eight-item checklist can help ensure nothing is overlooked

Kathleen L. DeBruhl, JD

By definition, contracts are agreements between two or more parties that describe, in writing, the agreement of certain business terms. When physicians negotiate employment contracts, they usually focus on certain items like compensation, bonuses, or on-call arrangements. But even when verbal agreements have been reached on these issues, a physician may be surprised when these terms—and multiple others never discussed—appear in the written contract.

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