A physician recruiter can identify job opportunities in your medical specialty based on your preferences for factors including practice size and location. But what if you are at a transition point in your medical career, and you aren't sure what type of practice you prefer?
Consider working with one of the physician staffing services that places physicians in short-term jobs. A benefit of working in a short-term locum tenens job in your specialty is that you can test out a practice setting before making a long-term commitment.
For example, a small medical practice may require more flexibility in your personal schedule. You may have more say in how the practice operates, but you might be asked to give up the occasional vacation day or weekend afternoon for the good of the group. By contrast, a larger, hospital-based practice may require less responsibility for practice management, but the setting will be less intimate, and you will need to be able to work well with colleagues in multiple specialties.