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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi there! I am currently a freshman in college debating if I want to become a family practice physician. Although it is my dream to one day earn an MD degree, I also want to have a future that will allow me to spend a lot of time with my family. Is it possible that I can just practice in my private office with regular working hours without being put on-call all of the time, or have to report to hospitals on a regular basis? Thank you for your time!

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User :   Hi there! I am currently a freshman in college debating if I want to become a family practice physician. Although it is my dream to one day earn an MD degree, I also want to have a future that will allow me to spend a lot of time with my family. Is it possible that I can just practice in my private office with regular working hours without being put on-call all of the time, or have to report to hospitals on a regular basis? Thank you for your time!
User :   No problem!
Doctor :   if you join a hospital, then you will need to report to hospital and to the hospitalised patients who are admitted on your orders
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otherwise you can have your own private practice and decide on your work timings
Doctor :  
as a general practioner
User :   So if I decide to be a general practitioner with a private practice, I will not need to be on call all of the time? I can choose when I wish to work with no exceptions?
Doctor :  
you can choose not to be on call all of the time, but if you do have a patient who needs admisssion and special care, then you need to be on call til he recovers
Doctor :  
the responsibilities wil change as the situations change.
User :   I understand. On average, how much does typical malpractice insure cost?
Doctor :   that too depends on the type of case and condition of patient
User :   Sounds good. Are there any particular physicians that are never on call in their career?
Doctor :   well, I cannot comment on this..I am on -call as and when needed, and Now I am online, so again no 'on-calls' for me
Doctor :  
but not being on-call throughout the carreer
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could be difficult to comment on
Doctor :  
when you become a doc, you have certain responsibilities, you cannot play with life
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or cause any harm to your patients.
User :   I understand. That covers all of my questions. Thank you for your time! Have a great day.
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   No, thank you. Take care!
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