An Alternative Schedule Can Make You a Better Physician...Here’s Why & How to Negotiate for It

podcast Oct 28, 2021

For many physicians, a flexible schedule beats a great salary as the most important piece of a negotiation. Whether you want a four-day work week, a compressed schedule or more flexibility, embracing alternative schedules is a critical cultural shift that needs to be prioritized in clinical medicine.

There’s so much guilt and shame around working a truncated schedule, but working more humane hours and pulling back a little can actually make us better doctors.

What are the benefits of schedule flexibility? How do you actually discuss an alternative schedule with your employer so that they see it as a good thing?

In this episode, I discuss the value of having a schedule that works for you, and how to go about getting it.

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

  • Why working more leads to less productivity
    In a negotiation, how do you frame an alternative schedule as a benefit to the employer?

  • How to make physician work schedules more humane
    With so many physicians opting out of clinical roles, could alternative schedules allow us to retain much-needed talent?

  • How to find the right schedule for you
    If there were no barriers and hurdles, what would your ideal work week look like?

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