Each year, 17 000 US medical graduates and 7000 international medical graduates begin residency training in the United States. Three or more years later these physicians will confront another career crossroads. Most will enter some form of practice, after having weighed their options and opportunities to join this or that practice organization, hang out a shingle on their own, or do something else.
This handbook, prepared by physicians in emergency medicine—one is listed as editor, the others are "medical contributors," but only the preface has a byline—is an attempt to allay the "common complaint [by residents] of never receiving any significant advice or training regarding the nonmedical aspects of starting in medical practice after residency." The sheer number of residents coming out every year would suggest that an eager audience might await a handbook with a title like this one. Unfortunately, few of them will find here the information they