Employment compensation and contracts can be hard to understand.

Whether seeking employment with a group practice, hospital, academic medical center or other setting, a physician must understand employment contracts to be able to discuss options. MMA has put together resources to help.

Preparing for Your Contract

Entering into your first (or 10th) employment or partnership contract is likely to be both exhilarating and intimidating.  

These resources will help you know what to expect, and how to approach some common terms, pitfalls and opportunities in physician contracts. 

It is always best to enlist the skills of an attorney with experience in physician contracting, in the applicable state.  For referrals to experienced attorneys, contact the MMA.

Employment Contracting
and Negotiation


Anatomy of a Physician Contract
Most physician employment contracts have a common set of components. This document explains the meaning and implications of these core terms.

Restrictive Covenant FAQ
Restrictive covenants (sometimes called covenants not to compete) can profoundly limit your ability to practice, in some circumstances. Know what to look for and for what to beware.

Negotiation Dos and Don’ts
If you choose not to be represented by an attorney in negotiations, arm yourself with these practical contract negotiation tips.

This checklist is intended to be a working document to help you examine your own contract, prepare to work with your attorney, and negotiate with your potential employer.

Additional Resources

AMA model physician group practice and hospital employment contracts                                           
Free to members, available for a fee to non-members.

NEJM Career resource center


This content provided here is intended to provide general education only, and does not provide specific legal advice.  This content does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.  It is always best practice to obtain legal advice from an attorney with expertise in the relevant subject matter and jurisdiction.  Contract law varies from state-to-state, and this content is not intended to address each state’s laws. The MMA makes no guarantee as to the completeness of the information in this content.