Too many physicians coming out of training, faced with an employment contract, believe, “If I want the job, I need to sign.” Not necessarily. And, even if a prospective employer considers the contract “nonnegotiable,” a legal review is still helpful to ensure you understand what is expected of you and what you can expect from your employer. An employment contract is designed to establish, in writing, a shared understanding of each party's obligations during and after employment. ASNC is working with my colleagues at Alice G. Gosfield and Associates, PC, and me on a series of articles intended to help its members gain a better understanding of what contractual terms generally mean. Here we focus on clauses relating to the “term” of the agreement and to termination. These are two of the most important sections of an employment contract.
“You are never too young (or too old) to have a mentor.” There, in a single sentence, is the one piece of wisdom I want to share with every cardiologist, no matter their specialty or season of life. It's has been a guiding principle for my own career and the message I share in my role as the program director of the cardiology fellowship program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I urge you to turn to your mentor (or mentors) throughout your career, for clinical training and for wisdom as your career unfolds. Mentors can be your sounding board, your kindest and best-intentioned critic and your most loyal friend as you choose jobs, set goals, negotiate contracts or select an academic track. Your mentor may give the constructive criticism that improves your CV, hones your presentation or grant-writing skills and refines your interview savvy. Your mentor should be the person you turn to celebrate a success and learn from a failure.
ASNC encourages everyone in the Nuclear Cardiology community to attend International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC 2017) and take advantage of early-bird registration discounts. When you register for ICNC 2017 by Feb. 27, you'll save over $100. In preparation for ICNC 2017, we talked with Organizing Co-chairs Frank Bengel, MD, Anastasia Kitsiou, MD, and Rob S.B. Beanlands, MD, about this unique conference and what attendees love about it.
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