Anesthesiologist Jobs: 12 Questions to Ask in an Interview

Are you an anesthesiology resident seeking your first practice opportunity as a board-certified anesthesiologist, or an experienced anesthesiologist looking to make a change? As the world of medicine grows increasingly complex, it is important to be sure that you find the anesthesiologist job that is the right fit for you.

In order to help you to assess your options, we have compiled a list of suggested questions to ask in your interview process.  Prior to your interview, research the opportunity, practice, or hospital online. Gather information regarding the job and the facility, and make a list of remaining questions to ask your recruiter, medical director, or a clinician already practicing within the group.

1. Will I be practicing as an employee (W-2) or independent contractor (1099)?

Practicing as an independent contractor offers distinct advantages for anesthesiologists in terms of flexibility, retirement planning and tax savings. With increased control over earnings, physicians practicing as independent contractors can choose only the benefits they want and need. They are also able to purchase these benefits with pre-tax dollars. Learn more about the benefits of IC status here.

2. How many surgical cases are performed each year, and what is the case mix?

Ensure that you are comfortable with, and enjoy, the types of cases you will be handling within this practice. Several types of cases to consider include:

  • Chronic pain management
  • Cardiac
  • Thoracic
  • Obstetric
  • Pediatric
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Trauma
  • Critical care medicine
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Orthopedic
  • Acute pain management

3. Are there opportunities to advance into a clinical leadership role (if desired)?

If there are opportunities for career advancement, does the practice offer any leadership development programs or training? At ApolloMD, we take pride in equipping our outstanding physicians for success as medical directors.  We also understand that a great clinical leader possesses more than excellent skills in the clinical arena. Through our Leadership Academy, we provide physicians with the operational and leadership skills needed to successfully manage a practice.

4. Does the practice offer opportunities to become an owner?

Whether practicing in a local, democratic group or a national, multispecialty practice, many physicians desire the financial and practice benefits of becoming an owner. Find out whether the practice offers any ownership opportunities, and if so, what is required for eligibility.

At ApolloMD, we are proud to offer the ApolloMD Partners, Inc. ownership program. With no ambiguity regarding eligibility, the program is exceedingly popular among our physicians, and in addition to the financial benefits, we have found that our physicians love practicing alongside other dedicated partners. Although we are a large, multispecialty practice with over 1,000 physicians, the ownership option allows our team to be connected with their partners across the country.

5. How many anesthesiologists and anesthetists practice within the group?

6. What is the call schedule? Does the schedule allow for a day off post-call?

7. Will I be medically directing CRNAs or AAs? If so, what is the MDA: Anesthetist ratio?

8. Are the anesthesiologists and anesthetists supported by anesthesia techs?

9. Does the group provide malpractice insurance for this anesthesiologist job opportunity? If so, what are the coverage limits?

10. How is vacation coverage handled?

11. Do you utilize non-compete clauses?

12. What is the compensation structure? Do you offer an incentive for efficiency and/or quality?

Before moving forward with accepting an anesthesiologist job offer, ask to see a sample contract. Read through to be sure you are aware of all of the clauses, conditions and your obligations under the contract. The best practices utilize physician-friendly contracts that are short and easy to understand rather than bombarding physicians with lengthy documents that aim to confuse.

Interested in learning more?

To learn more about anesthesiologist job opportunities with ApolloMD, view our current clinical opportunities or contact a physician recruiter.