About the Discussion

FTE? Locum tenens? Nocturnist? Applying for Jobs in Hospital Medicine

Congratulations! You are approaching the end of residency, and thinking about a job in hospital medicine. Whether you want to be a hospitalist for a year or two before doing a fellowship, or you are planning to build your career in hospital medicine, the job application process can be daunting. For many of you, this might be your first time signing a contract or negotiating benefits. Hospitalist jobs can vary widely across different hospitals, cities, and practice settings. Where do you start? Come participate in our NEJM online discussion to get your questions answered by our selected panel of experts as you embark into the world of hospital medicine. (Please note: Discussion experts are from hospitals in the United States, and the advice they give will be based on their experience. However, we encourage international participation.)

Some questions we plan to answer:

  • When should I start applying to hospitalist jobs?
  • What is a FTE? Locum tenens? Nocturnist?
  • How do I decide between community programs and academic programs?
  • What questions should I ask during my job interviews?
  • When is the right time to ask about the logistics of schedule, salary, and benefits?
  • Should I negotiate? If so, how?