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March 26, 1982

Private Practice: Surviving the First Year

Author Affiliations

Darlington, SC

JAMA. 1982;247(12):1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320370064039

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Reading this informal survey was an unsettling experience—not because of any innate faults in the text, but because it brought to mind my own circumstances only recently resolved. It is widely recognized that residents—and this reviewer was no exception—are frequently inadequately prepared to make the private practice decisions necessary during their residency and early years of practice. Yet this is the period when substantial commitments with farreaching consequences are the rule rather than the exception. Dr McCue has designed this text to aid residents in making these crucial decisions.

In adopting a relaxed, conversational style and tone to review briefly some aspects of private practice, the author does much to allay the inherent anxiety most initially experience in this area. He properly places "Finding and Evaluating a Practice" as his first section; and he pointedly remarks in the preface that his text will not solve the personal conflicts that may