It’s no secret that physicians enjoy unparalleled job security. While many jobs are at the risk of becoming irrelevant with technological advancements, doctors tend to have abundant opportunities. Moreover, the past few years of the pandemic have exacerbated the prevailing physician shortage. Unsurprisingly, the employment of physicians is projected to grow 3% by 2030. Along with job security and satisfaction, doctors often have the freedom to travel and choose where they want to work.
If you are a doctor moving to California you’re likely to face certain cultural shocks, especially if you are moving from the East Coast. In this post, we’re sharing important things to keep in mind for your upcoming move to the Golden State. Let’s dive in.
Inform Your Patients
People tend to consult a doctor they trust. And it’s quite possible that you have regular patients that consider you as their family doctor. As soon as you finalize the move, you should immediately inform your patients. If you are moving across the country, this will give your patient enough time to find another physician in the vicinity.
Find Reliable Relocation Service
Unarguably, a cross-country move can be incredibly stressful. We recommend going through all your belongings. Donate or sell things you no longer need. You should also get rid of belongings that would be too expensive to move.
But what if you have invested in state-of-art equipment? It would be best to involve a relocation service specializing in moving medical and other fragile equipment.
Don’t Skip Relocation Insurance
Though you can trust a reputable relocation service provider to safely move all your belongings, it’s a smart move to be prepared for any unexpected damage. That’s why you should consider moving insurance. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that any damages during the packing and moving are covered.
Search For New Office Space
Whether you want to be a rural family doctor or a physician in a big city, there are a plethora of opportunities in California. Figure out your requirements and accordingly pick a suitable location for your practice. You can also consider purchasing an established practice to save time and money. Investing in an established practice also gives you access to an experienced staff and immediate cash flow.
Look Into the Credentialing Process
If you are planning to join a new hospital, you will likely have to go through the credentialing process to verify your qualifications and experience. You should look into the process and start it as soon as possible because it can be time-consuming.
Start House Hunting ASAP
While California has a lot to offer, finding a perfect home can be a nightmare. Did you know that it’s harder to buy a house in California than in any other state? Doctors moving to California should waste no time in looking into housing and mortgage options.
Talk To Utility & Energy Providers
Unless your current energy and utility providers operate in California, you need to cancel your plan and pay any due amount. If you want to end the contract prematurely without the notice period, you may have to pay an early termination fee. Make sure you look into energy providers in your area before you move.
Update Your Information
You would be required to notify various organizations and providers about your address change. Remember to inform banks, social security administration, tax agencies, utility providers, post offices and other organizations about your new address.