Dr. Neff is a family physician currently serving in a leadership position at Bassett Army Community Hospital in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed a Family Medicine residency at the Fort Bragg Army Medical Center in 2004. She wants people interested in military medicine to know it’s possible to have both a successful career and an active family life.
U.S. Army sleep medicine specialist discusses his path in medicine and how his clinical research may have helped detect a new sleep disorder, allowing soldiers and civilians to sleep better at night.
Regardless of the market demand for residents’ particular specialty, experts recommend that physicians in training start their search early and strategically.
The primary reason for physician turnover is poor cultural fit, and when thinking through this phenomenon, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. On the contrary, first interviews generally last no longer than a day-and-half and second interviews may last two days with a preponderance of the time dedicated to searching for a home.
Women physicians are making significant inroads in to the medical and surgical specialties, and now constitute a rapidly increasing contingent in many of the traditionally male-dominated fields. Despite these gains, the paucity of women in leadership positions, particularly within academic medicine, as well as persisting pay inequity, indicate that challenges remain.
Physicians who choose military practice often discover that their options – in practice settings, geographical locations, and even the range of patients and conditions they treat – are more varied than they expected. These benefits, in conjunction with myriad leadership opportunities that military medicine offers, factor into many physicians’ decision to remain in the military after their required service period ends.