The final year of any residency is a time of accelerated independence, moonlighting, and an intense search for that first job as an attending. This decision is critical as one embarks on a life-long career in medicine, and it will undoubtedly blend a mix of analytics, emotion, and finance into the final analysis.
With a bit of candor, I want to share the mistakes I made when accepting my first contract as an emergency medicine attending. Despite some solid advice from seasoned mentors and friends, I let emotion and persuasion rule the day.
I began the search early enough