Challenges for Family Physicians Finding Jobs with Obstetric Care

Submitted on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 13:38

Ongoing research from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) focusing on scope of practice for family physicians has produced a new article based on qualitative data about the challenges faced by family medicine residency graduates who were trained in maternity care and sought jobs that allowed them to include this in their practice. Following an article reporting on the quantitative component of the study recently published in Family Medicine, this article in Family Medicine and Community Health presents findings from interviews with both family physicians who include maternity care in their practice and those who do not. Three themes emerged related to factors that influenced the selection of jobs after finishing residency: how they found a job (most often via personal or professional connections or through a recruiter) why they chose a particular job (often due to personal influences such as geographical preferences or family, job characteristics, or career goals), and challenges they faced when trying to find a job that includes maternity care (lack of availability of practices that include this option).

The findings shed light on the complexities of the job-seeking process for early career family physicians who seek practice opportunities that allow them to provide full-scope care: those who intend to include maternity care find that their choices are heavily constrained by the availability of jobs that allow them to do so. Authors of the study describe the need for residency programs and employers to better support graduates in finding jobs that will provide the scope of practice they desire, including a more deliberate approach to career advising and a more active role in connecting them with opportunities that match their needs.

The complete article can be found here: Experiences of new family physicians finding jobs with obstetrical care in the USA

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