Survey shows physicians feel unprepared for the business side of medicine

August 04, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: Practice Management 

A recent LinkedIn survey found that many physicians feel that their clinical training does not adequately prepare them for the reality of the business side of a career in medicine.

The survey, conducted in early February, asked 511 physicians about their professional goals and the non-clinical skills that they believe are most essential to their careers.

Three-quarters of respondents indicated that non-clinical business skills are more important than they were in the past because of how deeply and rapidly the health care industry is changing. More than two-thirds said their career goals include better work-life balance. Nearly half pointed to skills like business and finance, productivity and practice management as essential to take their career to the next level.

For more details on the LinkedIn survey, and related commentary from physicians, click here.

Did you know that the California Medical Association (CMA) provides physicians with assistance navigating the business side of medicine? Whether it’s identifying and fighting unfair payment practices, improving the efficiency of your practice, or guiding physicians through the contract evaluation and negotiation process, we have tools and resources to help. We also provide webinars, seminars and other live training opportunities to help physicians—and physicians in training—succeed. To find out more about how CMA can help you, click here or contact our Member Resource Center at (800) 786-4262 or memberservices@cmadocs.org.


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