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Starting Your Career: A Guide for New Physicians in Illinois
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If you are new to the practice of medicine - or new to practice in Illinois - we encourage you to download or order copies of "Starting Your Career: A Guide for New Physicians in Illinois."

This comprehensive guide from the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) offers general advice and resources for physicians completing their training or those returning to practice after a break, including:

  • Organizing an effective job search while finishing up a busy residency, fellowship or current position (including samples of cover letters and CVs to build a portfolio);
  • Evaluating job offers and contracts;
  • Licensing and credentialing information for new Illinois physicians, including specifics for International Medical Graduates (IMGs);
  • Financial planning, including basics of managing medical student debt;
  • Understanding Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements in Illinois; and
  • Enjoying ISMS-specific benefits that smooth all aspects of starting a new practice in our state.

"Starting Your Career" is just one more benefit of ISMS membership. We offer special programs and many other resources for student, resident and physician members – join here.

ISMS members can request multiple copies for medical students or new practice members. Email us with your request.


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