10 Potential Time Bombs in Your Employment Contract

Leigh Page

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October 22, 2015

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4. You Won't Have Control Over Where You Practice

When you join a big health system, Hursh says, you might be assigned to multiple locations across a large geographic area. That could mean a lot of driving. "You might be at one clinic in the morning and have to drive across town to another one in the afternoon," he says.

The health system might prefer this kind of schedule—particularly for specialists, so that patients can easily access niche services across the system. But when you're expected to move around so much, perhaps getting caught in traffic jams on a routine basis, it might be difficult for you to meet your productivity goals, much less your own professional goals.

Hursh advises that the contract should limit these duties. For example, you might be able to control the number of locations where you work, the distance between them, and how often you'll have to move from one to the other. If the employer still wants to retain control over your assignments, then you might ask for a lower productivity target that takes the nonclinical time into account.

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