When we were looking towards the finish line, we started looking for jobs that suited my husband’s and family’s interests. We started talking with clinics/hospitals a little over a year and a half before the end of residency. We weren’t set on a specific place so we just contacted various clinics in MN/ND that we were interested in. We made initial visits to a variety of them, then we narrowed it down to our top 3 and visited them all again for a second time before making our final decision.
Now for the good part! We we’ve been out of residency for 1 year now! Wahoo! It is true, it gets better! For starters, my husband’s schedule has gotten much better! He works Monday thru Thursday. He starts at 8am and is usually home by 5:30pm. He also comes home almost every day for lunch! He is on call one week in every 8 weeks and for call it mostly entails phone call. On call he rarely has to go in to the hospital for admits (only when it’s pediatric). He rarely, if ever brings home any work to do like notes, etc. He’s able to get those things done during the day. So, it definitely got better! We love all of the time we have as a family now.