Part-time doctors: reduced working hours for primary care physicians
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Adult; Communication; Continuity of Patient Care; Family; Female; Humans; Middle Aged; *Personnel Management; *Personnel Staffing and Scheduling; *Physicians, Family; *Physicians, Women; Work Schedule Tolerance
Community Health | Other Medical Specialties | Preventive Medicine
Women are entering the professional workforce in increasing numbers, and male professionals are more likely than ever to be involved in dual-career families. For primary care physicians the traditional 50-70-hour work week increasingly creates conflict between professional and other personal goals. Many believe that unless physicians work these long hours they will be unable to successfully provide personal, high-quality continuing care to their patients. Long-term career development for physicians who choose nontraditional arrangements has also presented problems. The authors review the literature on part-time work for physicians, then discuss their experiences as part-time family physicians at an academic health center. Various specific strategies are recommended for physicians and institutions considering part-time employment.
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Citation: J Am Med Womens Assoc. 1990 Mar-Apr;45(2):47-54.
Wheeler, Rachel; Candib, Lucy M.; and Martin, Meredith, "Part-time doctors: reduced working hours for primary care physicians" (1990). Family Medicine and Community Health Publications and Presentations. 77.
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