Along with this, it is important to understand the practice culture. Some practices are more structured and political than others. For instance, some have physician and staff service standards in writing, a physician governance structure, and even have disciplinary action for physicians who don’t behave appropriately. In others, physicians seem to do their own thing.
Try to really understand the practice culture, and interview people outside of that practice-at the hospital, referring physicians, she said. She also suggested doing operational due diligence. Find out what kind of support staff are available, will there be a nurse, and how are appointments made.
It is also worth hiring a lawyer to review the contract that is offered. However, it should be an attorney that you hire, not the attorney for the practice that you’re joining, she said.