WORKING FOR THE FEDS

Physician's Money Digest, January31 2003, Volume 10, Issue 2

Physicians may get the idea thatthey're already working for the federalgovernment every time they filean income tax return, but relativelyfew ever consider the real thing.Doctors who do work for the government,however, often find that itoffers them more leisure time, aswell as a chance to practice medicinewithout the hassles of managedcare. If you're interested, now may bethe time—the need for governmentworkers is growing and there aremany job openings in the health carefield. A recent report from the USOffice of Personnel Managementincluded nearly 700 openings fordoctors and other health care professionals,along with 1130 in the field ofmedical research. For help with thefederal job-application process and alist of available positions, visitwww.usajobs.opm.gov.