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The Job You Want May Not Be the One You Need

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We’ve recently worked with a physician who thought it was time to make a move from a small rural community setting into a large metro area.  By working with a recruiter at Jackson Physician Search, he found a position that met all of his personal and professional needs.  Here is his recruitment story.

Our physician, let’s refer to him as Dr. Smith, had been working in rural Northern Kentucky for several years.  Having recently married, Dr. Smith felt he was ready to explore opportunities in larger metropolitan areas.  He began by considering cities like Chicago, hoping for access to cultural activities and better schools for his daughter.  He quickly learned that his personal and professional needs might be better met in a mid-sized community and practice. It surprised him to find that the large group he was interviewing with wasn’t very responsive and he felt that working there, he would be just another number.

He began working with Helen Falkner, Sr. Director of Recruiting at Jackson Physician Search, who has been helping doctors, and other medical professionals find their perfect job for years. They began by narrowing down the things that were most important to him and his new family. He wanted a position affording him a better work/life balance and a location that offered the amenities of a larger metropolitan area.  When Helen told Dr. Smith about an opportunity she had in a Midwestern university town, he was unfamiliar with the community and initially skeptical.  However, Dr. Smith knew that keeping an open mind is critical and that it would be worth it to do his due diligence on the job.

The first thing that struck Dr. Smith when he arrived for his interview was that he was meeting directly with the CEO of the clinic.  He felt very comfortable having that direct line of communication with the CEO, and it allowed for a streamlined decision-making process. Dr. Smith was pleasantly surprised to find that the facility was very physician-centric and they were extremely motivated to learn more about him and his family. He knew if he joined them, that he would be more than just another doctor.

Being a college town, and also located less than an hour from a major metropolitan area, Dr. Smith and his family found that they would have access to vibrant cultural scenes, concerts, great restaurants, and a top school system.  The organization was very accommodating with Dr. Smith’s salary and scheduling preferences, and he gladly accepted their offer to join the team.

Dr. Smith’s story is not unlike many others in today’s ultra-competitive physician search environment, and it includes some key takeaways for consideration. Dr. Smith kept an open mind throughout the process and working with his recruiter, stayed focused on the things most important to him and his family.  He also recognized that in a smaller setting, he had the opportunity to become a part of the community and work in a more comfortable, inclusive environment. The only investment Dr. Smith had to make was the time he spent interviewing.  By overcoming his preconceived notions of what he thought he wanted, Dr. Smith ended up as part of a tight-knit team in a location that met all of his family’s needs.

If you are ready to find your next opportunity, check out our job portal to search for your next job or connect with Helen directly on her LinkedIn page.

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5 Reasons Why Doctors Search for a New Jobs

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Gift Yourself a New Job This Holiday Season

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The holidays are here, and 2019 is around the corner. You suddenly realize that the job search you vowed to start early is now behind schedule.  Don’t panic! You still have time to start your holiday job search — Just use our guide and the holiday calendar to plan, prioritize and set deadlines for achievable milestones.

Make your List (and check it twice):

  • Create a checklist of criteria so you can objectively prioritize your search.
  • Be sure your CV is ready to submit for practice opportunities that meet your criteria.
  • Finalize your short list of appealing communities and organizations.
  • Identify your references and alert them to possible inquiries.

Get a Helper:

  • Share the details of your career and personal goals with a trusted recruiter.
  • You can rely on their objectivity, network of connections and knowledge of the marketplace.
  • They will help focus your search and avoid roadblocks, without charge or obligation.

Plan Ahead to Avoid Dashing Around:

  • With holiday calendars (and available flights) filling up, be quick and decisive about scheduling interviews.
  • Outline pertinent questions about compensation, practice parameters and the community.
  • Start phone interviews in December and schedule on-site interviews to take place just after New Years.

New Year’s Day Assessment:

  • Assess your progress, including upcoming interviews and offers on the table.
  • Ask for feedback to understand where any disconnects occurred.
  • Share that information with your recruiter – you need objective advice!
  • Plan your follow-up steps. If no offers are in hand, you may need to change the parameters of your search and conduct more due diligence to improve your chances of success.

MLK Day Decisions:

  • Prioritize the offers you have received.
  • Compare compensation packages using trusted sources for salary surveys and calculators that incorporate multiple variables.
  • Consult trusted advisors who can help compare the variables and explain contractual terms.
  • Be prepared to make a decision.

Sweet Success by Valentine’s Day:

  • Celebrate the sweet success of accepting an offer!
  • Meet the deadlines for securing your license, hospital privileges and credentialing with payers.
  • Explore housing and make relocation plans.

Physicians who accept an offer early enjoy:

  • The opportunity to earn a stipend, signing bonus or another incentive for early commitment.
  • Less stress and fewer scheduling conflicts during their final semester of residency.
  • Peace of mind to enjoy their first few months after graduation.
  • The opportunity to be productive in your practice as soon as you arrive.

Finding your first or next practice opportunity can be challenging and overwhelming.  An experienced recruiter can ease the process and serve as a guide through the process. They know the hiring organizations first-hand and have visited the practice sites you’re considering. They will streamline the process and keep you on track.

Get started now by exploring Jackson Physician Search opportunities and learning why physicians choose to work with Jackson Physician Search recruiters.

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Five Ways Physicians Can Improve Their Job Satisfaction

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Is your career as a physician becoming less satisfying?  Ranked as one of the most trusted professions, some doctors today are not feeling the love.  According to a 2018 Medscape survey, more than 50% of doctors are feeling the negative impacts of a stressful working environment.  If you are one of those physicians experiencing burnout, there are some things you can do to improve your practice experience.  While not a comprehensive list, below are five ways physicians can improve their job satisfaction.

Find Work/Life Balance.  If you don’t have a healthy balance in your life between home and work, the chances are you won’t be satisfied in either.  With the demand for your services as a physician, you have more control over your current position than you think. Take the time to self-reflect and determine what your work/life balance looks like and what you can do to find the balance you want.  Maybe it includes reducing the time you are spending on administrative tasks, or less call during the week or on weekends. Much like treating an illness, once you know what the imbalance is, you can begin prescribing whatever it will take to improve the condition.

Challenge Yourself.  Has your career as a doctor gotten too much like punching a clock?  Think back to your early days of practicing medicine and how exciting every day seemed.  You were solving complex medical puzzles, helping your patients, absorbing information, and learning new techniques.  You can achieve that feeling again by taking on new challenges.  This can be as simple as learning a new skill, or getting a new certification, or as involved as advancing your career to a C-Suite level.

Reignite Your Passion.  There is nothing quite like finding an activity that causes the fire in your belly to burn brighter.  If that flame is dimmer than it used to be, you need to throw another log on the fire.  Find a way to take up a cause that is close to your heart, or dive back into a hobby that you are passionate about.  When was the last time you picked up that guitar you used to play in the dorm?  You might even consider checking out a volunteer organization like Doctors without Borders, or other physician volunteer opportunities through the AMA.

Become a Mentor.  When you were a fresh-faced resident or young practicing physician, you may have relied on a mentor to help you navigate the intricacies of your first years of practicing medicine.  If you had a mentor, the chances are you still rely on them from time to time. One way to improve your own job satisfaction is to act as a mentor to others.  Taking a young physician under your wing can help you rediscover why you became a doctor in the first place. And better yet, sometimes being around a young doctor who has the passion and energy you once had, can help you recharge your own batteries.

Change Jobs.  If you have already tried the recommendations above without positive results, maybe it is time to consider finding a new place to practice.  You are in demand, and many organizations would be thrilled to have you join them. Negotiating optimal schedules, minimal call, vacation time, research opportunities and more, it is all out there for negotiation.  Sometimes change is necessary and if your current job no longer feels like the right fit, the coming year is shaping up to be a good one for physicians looking for greener pastures.

If you are a physician who is unhappy in their current position, or you just feel like it is time for a change, let Jackson Physician Search help you find your perfect fit. Our nationwide reach means that we have access to thousands of opportunities with provider systems of all sizes in all types of communities.  Contact one of our physician recruitment professionals today to get started.

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2019 Physician Job Search Outlook

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Let’s look at the 2019 Physician Job Search Outlook.  With 2019 right around the corner, is it the perfect time to start planning to change jobs, retire early, get out of private practice, etc.? Here are several things for doctors to consider for 2019.

Escape From the City

We all experience feelings of burnout in our careers from time to time, but if you are one of those physicians who would say that the burnout is pervasive, maybe a change of scenery can do the trick.  Rural communities are struggling to find doctors, and many are sweetening their offers to attract more physicians to “go country.” Physicians who leave the hustle and bustle of the city find lower patient volumes, a better quality of life, more time to spend with your patients, lower costs of living, and much more.

Do Things Differently

Proactive administrators are aggressively pursuing ways to keep their physicians from seeking greener pastures. Reducing the time doctors spend on notes and EHRs by hiring scribes, adding more NPs to reduce workload, and focusing on corporate culture, are just a few of the ways systems are bettering the work environment. Doctors that find themselves somewhere that isn’t seeking continuous improvement, there are plenty of other opportunities out there to consider.

Change in Location

Maybe 2019 can be the year that you get out of the city you’re in and find a new one more conducive to your lifestyle. If you don’t see yourself fitting into a rural setting, a 2018 Medscape survey uncovered the best places to practice.  Topping the list is North Dakota with its booming economy, low numbers of uninsured citizens, and high ranking healthcare quality statewide. Very few other states have lower doctor burnout rates than North Dakota. Not surprisingly, Hawaii is also near the top of the list, as well as several states located in the Great Plains, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. With opportunities all over the country, with a little research, you can find the perfect place for you.

Retirement

In a recent survey of 9,000 physicians nationwide, over 17% responded that they are planning to retire within 3 years.  This number is up from a similar survey conducted in 2016.  Considering that over 41% of physicians are age 56 and over, these results aren’t surprising. However, that same survey found 47% want to retire sooner than they had planned.  There are many reasons for wanting to retire early, maybe you have saved and invested well, and have achieved some financial independence. Or, maybe you are looking to spend more time with your family, or as in many cases, experiencing burnout.

New Setting, New You

While it is often mistakenly attributed to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is most certainly doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  The same can be said for your career as a physician.  If it isn’t going the way it should or you expected, 2019 is the time to make a change as evidenced by the 46% of physicians actively planning a new career path. Many physicians are changing their focus, almost 19% are now practicing telemedicine, 12% are planning to find a non-clinical position, and 30% are planning to cut back their hours with one-third of those going part-time.

If 2019 is going to be the year that you take your physician career to new places, Jackson Physician Search is the partner who can help you achieve new heights, find greener pastures, or simply find an opportunity that reignites your passion for medicine.  Contact one of our recruitment professionals today to get started.

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Five Reasons Why Doctors Search For a New Job

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If you pay any attention at all to the stock market or financial news, you already know that the economy is booming and the outlook for jobs is better than it has been in decades.  The same can be said for physicians, as the healthcare industry is grappling with filling open positions around the country.  If you are a physician who has not been considering finding a new job, maybe now is the right time to start looking for a new place to practice.  Let’s take a look at five reasons why Doctors search for a new job to see if any of them apply to your situation.

Experiencing feelings of burnout.

At least 50% of all doctors report feelings of burnout, with some specialties like critical care and emergency medicine slightly higher.  If you are one of those physicians experiencing burnout without a solution or help from the administration on the horizon, now is the time to explore making changes.  Burnout doesn’t just get better by itself. Instead, it takes making changes in your life, or organizational changes to alleviate some of the stressors, or finding a new job that already has processes in place to help physicians avoid burnout.

Feeling a sense of complacency.

You probably didn’t choose to practice medicine because you wanted to “punch a clock.” If you are like most, you were drawn to the excitement of medicine.  Studying different ways to treat illnesses and ailments, and digging into the science of medicine was the attraction.  If you have found that your excitement and passion is waning, and you are simply going through the motions, you have become complacent.  Finding a new job may be just the cure for your “punching the clock” blues.  A new location, new management, new ideas, even new patients can help you inject just enough discomfort into your routine to make your job fun again.

You need to keep learning and growing.

Similar to the complacency rut, when you became a physician, you went to school for a long time.  It was worth it because you knew that in the end, you would have a career and a sense of accomplishment. No matter what career people choose, most of us want to continue to grow personally and professionally.  If you are in a position that is not affording you the opportunity to grow, do research, even practice abroad occasionally, then it might be time to find an employer who wants those things for you.

Not fitting in anymore.

Workplace culture has been a focal point for successful companies for a very long time.  Not surprisingly, the healthcare industry has been behind the curve on understanding the importance of how important culture and fit is for attracting and retaining the best talent.  In healthcare, we have all read about and even experienced the rash of mergers and acquisitions that the industry is experiencing.  These developments are not always good for workplace culture.  When new leadership comes in, often times the culture and communication changes and leads to good people seeking new environs.

Work and life are out of balance.

We all want balance in our life.  As a physician, you know there will be some late nights or the occasional disruption to your social calendar, but you also probably want to have some control over it. Predictable hours, minimal call schedules (if any), and untouchable vacation and personal time should be on your short list to ensure that you can achieve the work/life balance that is so critical to being at your best.  Achieving that is no longer a pipe dream. Hospitals and health systems know that they no longer have the upper hand in physician recruitment and have been much more willing to offer attractive incentives to physician candidates.

Jackson Physician Search has the national reach and healthcare industry experience to help you find your perfect job.  To find out what we can do for your career, contact one of our recruitment professionals today.

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The Link Between Physician Burnout and Cultural Fit

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Physicians today are suffering the effects of burnout at higher rates than ever before.  If someone were to make an assumption about what is causing physician dissatisfaction and burnout, compensation might be at the top of your list, but you would be incorrect. According to the Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018, compensation was fifth on the list of burnout contributors.  By taking a close look at the survey we see that many of the factors that are contributing to physician stress and burnout can be attributed to organizational culture. Physicians are saying the issues that are contributing to burnout include being bogged down with bureaucratic tasks, unmanageable work schedules, lack of respect and awareness from administrators, and issues with electronic health records.

Some of the contributors to burnout listed by survey respondents include bureaucratic tasks, lack of respect from the administration, lack of autonomy, feeling like a cog in the wheel, and emphasis on profits over patients, among others. An organizational culture that promotes engagement, respect, communication, fairness, etc. makes for a healthier environment for staff and administrators alike.

Is culture really that much of a factor? The answer is a resounding yes.  According to a research study conducted for LinkedIn, 70% of professionals in the United States indicated that they would not work at a leading organization if it meant having to deal with bad workplace culture.  Another 65% of respondents would accept lower compensation if they were working in a great environment.

As a physician, you have options in this evolving healthcare industry.  If you are unhappy in your current position or feel that you tolerate working in an environment that is not aligned with your values, you probably want to reassess your surroundings. Proactive healthcare organizations are working through the process of understanding their culture and finding employees who will fit.

There are some simple questions you can ask yourself to see if culture is contributing to feelings of burnout or dissatisfaction.

  • Do you feel there is a shared mission that is clearly defined and followed at every level of your organization?
  • Are behaviors and corporate decisions aligned with your own personal values?
  • Is communication transparent from top to bottom?
  • Does the organization value things like work/life balance and demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of the employees?

Answering those four simple questions, and you will notice that none involved compensation, should give you an idea of whether or not it is time to seek new opportunities.  If you have never had the opportunity to work in an environment that fosters a strong organizational culture, you don’t know how much of an impact it has on your personal fulfillment, job satisfaction, and passion for the practice of medicine.

To see for yourself how finding a cultural fit can help you take your career to the next level, speak with a Jackson Physician Search recruitment professional today. There are available opportunities locally and across the country, let us help you find your perfect fit.

 

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Why Physicians Should Consider Flyover States

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We’ve all heard the references to “flyover” America when talking about cities and states in the central regions of the United States. Often times, these so-called flyover states are overlooked by physicians and advanced practice professionals when considering their next job opportunity. Doing that might turn out to be a bigger mistake than you realize.  Considering opportunities in less populous states and rural communities can be the best way to land a job that provides a combination of work/life balance and quality of life that may not be found in sprawling urban areas. With physician burnout and unmanageable work schedules increasingly at the forefront, now is the time to discover parts of this country you never knew existed.

The Reason Why

Your career should not be all about a big salary. A $380,000 salary in San Francisco or “the Big Apple” won’t get what you can with $240,000 in Duluth or Colorado Springs. Imagine being able to practice medicine outside of a bureaucracy, spending time with patients instead of managing quotas, and then actually having a life outside of the workplace.  Does that sound like something you can get into?

Let’s take a look at states that have wide open spaces and a lot of physician opportunities for those who are ready to make a change.

Minnesota

The ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’ is an outdoor lover’s dream. From recreational water sports activities in the summer to ice skating and fishing in the winters. In Minnesota, weekend retreats to a cabin on the lake is a family tradition that goes back generations.  One fact about Minnesota that you may not know is that it has one of the most highly educated populations in the country, second only to Massachusetts.

Wisconsin

Another state with a variety of physician and advanced practice opportunities is the ‘Dairy State,’ Wisconsin.  If you are a fan of cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products, you can’t go wrong here. From the quaint charm of Egg Harbor to the bustling metropolis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has something for everyone. Year round festivals, professional and college sports galore, and outdoor activities of all types, Wisconsin is a great state to raise a family.

Colorado

Do you like to ski and wish you had more time for that and other winter sports? Colorado is famous for being the ultimate ski destination. Finding your physician opportunity in the ‘Rocky Mountain State’ means that you will not only be close to world-class ski resorts but actually have the time to enjoy them. Coloradans are health fanatics, and there are plenty of outdoor fitness opportunities allowing you to enjoy the more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

Texas

While not typically included in discussions of flyover states, there is much more to Texas than the big cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. Rural opportunities for physicians abound in Texas, and many are in and around locations in the southern part of the state. If you have always wanted to be near the water, the Houston/Galveston area is situated near the Gulf Coast, while farther inland the beauty and history found near San Antonio is hard to pass up. Texas is very financially friendly as the economy is booming and homeownership is easier than in highly taxed and more regulated states.

Start Looking

Now is the perfect time to reconsider your career options. Opportunities reside all over the country and if balance is something that is missing in your life, take a flyer on a flyover state and see if it is right for you.

Jackson Physician Search is an industry leader in placing physicians and advanced practice professionals into opportunities that provide them with the work/life balance and professional growth they need.  Get started by contacting one of our physician recruitment professionals today, or use our powerful job search tool and discover some of the incredible opportunities we have available.

 

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JPS Recruiters Live: Optimizing for Your Children’s Education

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You can watch the recording of this installment of JPS Recruiters Live on our Facebook Page. (10 mins.)

Often, we get asked by doctors that are looking to relocate for help with assessing schools and school districts. We know that the education of their children is very important to them. At Jackson Physician Search, we actively research school systems, neighborhoods, cost of living, and other information so we can match physicians to jobs that fit their career and personal needs.

Resources for Assessing Schools and School Districts

There are plenty of good websites for checking the general “temperature” of a school or school district. It’s important to remember that the ratings are primarily based on standardized test scores. When there is additional information on student outcomes and growth or college preparedness, that is also weighed. Not all states report on those metrics though. Some sites use datasets such as community demographics, real estate sites, Wikipedia, etc. Keep in mind, sometimes that data is out of date or irrelevant, so be sure to check the source date of the information.

Links

  • nces.ed.gov/ – This is a great site that has information about public, private, and charter schools. There are many reports, with lots of data, that you can use to evaluate schools.
  • schooldigger.com – This site has its own ranking system called the “SchoolDigger Rank”. Their database has detailed profiles for over 136,000 schools. They track enrollment data, test scores, crime data, real estate data, etc.
  • greatschools.org – GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit for school ratings. They also have articles, tips, and interactive tools to help parents support their children’s academic efforts.

What’s Most Important in Assessing Education Opportunities

There are more important factors than picking the “right” school. There is a strong correlation between academic achievement and the highest level of education of the parents, especially the mother, and the emphasis placed on learning in the home. When there is an expectation of academic excellence in the home and a real-world example of academic excellence, students have a much higher probability of academic success. This is great news for the families of physicians and scholars like yourself.

The School Is Only One Element of Academic Success

In many ways, it is more relevant to research specific resources versus overall school rating. Some schools offer resources such as before and after-school programs, and special needs assistance. If your student is college bound, they need to be prepared to differentiate themselves from other college applicants. At Harvard University, one of their four main considerations for admissions is interests and activities. More specifically, extracurricular activities, athletics, and community involvement. Your work-life balance can also have an impact on academic success. How much time will you have to get kids to soccer practice, help them with homework, and teach life lessons?

If you have more questions about how our expert physician recruiters research and evaluate the positions we staff for, please reach out to us using the contact us form below.

 

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Take Time to Assess Your Surroundings During Your On-Site Interview

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With competition for your services as a physician being so fierce, healthcare organizations are increasingly looking for individuals who fit their culture in addition to having the necessary skills to succeed.

While administrators are going out of their way to attract and hire doctors who are a good fit, it is important that you do the same for yourself. If you are being brought in for an on-site interview, it is a good indication that they think your values and skills are a match for the organization.  Don’t pass up the opportunity to do some reconnaissance of your own about the organization as well as the community.  Is it a place you can envision settling into?  A place you might even want to raise a family?  Fortunately, like anyone who is in a high-demand career, you have the opportunity to focus on finding a job that fits your career and life goals.

Think About Your Time Away from the Job

If you are going to avoid burnout, you have to have access to things that you like to do to recharge your batteries.  Do you like to fish and hike? Then check out your proximity to parklands.  Maybe you are a cycler or a runner.  You can search online for local running or bicycling clubs. Another underutilized resource for individuals who are relocating is the local chamber of commerce.  People work for the chamber because they know everybody in town and are connected to everyone who matters.  You can connect with them online, it’s a great place to start your research.

Spend Some Time in the Community

Make your way around the downtown or take a drive in the suburbs, it is important to get a feel for the speed and vibrancy of life there.  Strike up a random conversation with the person who is filling up their gas tank at the pump next to you.  You have made your career by gleaning health information from strangers, it is just as easy to learn about non-health related things in the same way.

Assess the Facility Environment

What are your thoughts as you walk through the front doors? Do the folks at the front desk have a smile on their face?  How about the other clinicians?  What can you read from their body language?  Head over to the coffee shop or the cafeteria and strike up a conversation with any physicians or residents you come across.  You might be surprised what you can learn from a little human intelligence, and it will help you in the interview process.

Now, that you have your own sense of the community, the facility, and the people who work there, there is a frame of reference for you to lean on during the interview.  You may have learned something that you want to confirm or ask about. The members of the interview team will measure you up at the same time you can measure them against your recon experience. While it may feel a bit like a spy novel, we are talking about your career and your happiness and engagement in that career.

Jackson Physician Search recruiters personally visit their client’s location so they can help candidates accurately evaluate fit.

If you want to know more about any of our physician opportunities, please contact us.

 

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How To Advance Your Physician Career With a New Job

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As you look to advance your physician career with a new job, the most important question you must ask yourself is why are you considering a change?  Your reasons will drive how you approach your job search and help you make the best decision when evaluating opportunities.

Physicians and Advanced Practice professionals are living examples of how supply and demand works based on the wide variance between current need and the number of practicing caregivers. In 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges commissioned IHS Inc. (now IHS Markit), to analyze the state of physician supply and demand through 2025.  According to the report, based on demand, the deficit of available physicians will be between 46,100 and 90,400 by 2025.

What this means for doctors and advanced practice providers is that opportunities are plentiful and competition for your services is higher than ever.  The time is right to advance your career with a new job.  Here are things to consider:

Finding the right fit for you and your career.

Fortunately, having chosen a career that is in such demand, you have plenty of options.  Hospital administrators are finding out that culture and fit are far more important to physician retention and engagement than ever before considered.  For you, this means that you can take the time to weigh your options and select a position that fits your personal or professional life.  It also means you can take a position across town or across the country.  If you’re looking for a lifestyle change, chances are there is a position available to facilitate that change.

Step up the career ladder.

Have you reached a point in your career where you want to have more say in how things are done in the workplace?  Many experienced physicians are deciding to explore leadership positions. As a physician executive, the leadership and management within healthcare organizations is a natural next step.  Hospital systems, medical schools, even insurance companies all need leaders with your skills and experiences. If you envision being in the C-suite one day, the time to begin that climb is now.

Shape the next generation of healthcare professionals.

If you still enjoy patient care but need a change from day to day patient-facing positions, teaching the next generation of physicians may be an option. You can impart your wisdom and experiences to third- and fourth-year medical students, train residents in their specialty, or teach physician assistants.

No matter which direction you want your career path to take, the good news is that the job market is robust and anyone who is committed to making the most of their career will have ample opportunity to do so.  Take some time and brush up your CV or resume.  You can ease the burden of searching for a new job joining forces with an experienced physician recruitment team like Jackson Physician Search.  Our physician recruitment experts take the time to understand your needs, and our nationwide reach means that you will be exposed to the opportunities that provide you with the best fit for your future.

If you’re ready to get started, browse our current physician opportunities.

 

 

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