How to Ignite Your Career with a Physician Recruiter

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Everyone in the healthcare industry has read about or heard that there is a growing physician shortage in the United States. Earlier this year, the Association of American Medical Colleges confirmed that there would be a gap of between 46,900 and 121,900 physicians by 2032.  For any physician looking for new practice opportunities, there will be plenty of jobs available.  While this is good news, the question to ask yourself is, which job opportunities are right for me? That’s where having a relationship with an experienced physician recruiter can benefit you the most.  Let’s look at the unique ways a trusted recruitment partner can help you.

How Physician Recruiters Simplify Your Search

Nationwide Reach

Whether you are looking for a perfect opportunity across town or across the country, you will have access to information about available opportunities. Your recruitment partner will have the resources and the network connections to find you an opportunity that matches your career and life goals.  For example, he or she can keep you informed about hiring and compensation trends in whatever specialty or geographic region you are exploring.

Insider Access

In today’s high-demand climate, physicians who conduct extensive searches on physician job boards may find a suitable position. However, this approach is time-consuming at best. When you work with a recruitment professional, he or she already has relationships with hospital system administrators and in-house recruiters. According to a 2017 ASPR Benchmarking Report, more than 40% of physician searches were to replace a departing provider, and almost 70% were for hospital-owned practices. These numbers highlight the importance of the relationships and trust a recruiter has built throughout their network.  Recruiters have information about current open positions and future openings that typical job board searches will miss.

Heavy Lifting

Once your recruitment partner understands your career goals and lifestyle needs, he or she can help you throughout the process of landing the right opportunity. This support can be preparing you for the interview to scheduling the site visit and even helping you navigate the contract negotiations.  An experienced recruiter has a wealth of information that can help you overcome challenges and put your best foot forward when being presented as a candidate.

 

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Getting the Most Out of Your Recruitment Partner

Establish Trust

The most important way to establish trust with your recruitment partner is open and honest communication. Make sure he or she knows exactly what you are looking for in your next opportunity and why you are looking in the first place. If you want a new opportunity because of a bad work environment,  process issues with administration, or unruly work hours, explain that to your recruiter. Your recruiter needs to know what your cultural fit looks like so he or she can match you with a client employer who shares similar values.  The more information your recruiter has will only benefit you in finding your perfect practice setting.

Use Recruiters as a Resource

As important as it is to establish trust with your recruiter through open dialogue, it is equally important to maximize him or her as a resource. Your trusted recruiter has information about every aspect of the position and the organization with which you are applying, even the expected salary range. Never be shy about asking tough questions.  Find out about the challenges an organization is facing or even why there is an opening. Your recruiter knows the hiring team, the administrators, the culture, as well as important details about the community. Tapping into that knowledge and experience is the key to helping you make the right career decision.

Be Committed to Your Search

Once you have established a relationship with a professional recruiter, and he or she begins finding opportunities based on your stated requirements, you need to see it through. As Warren Buffett famously stated, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five minutes to ruin it.” When you have a recruiter working on your behalf, respect the process, and treat it seriously. Essentially, this means that if things advance to the point of an offer, it shouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip with your current employer.  If you were open and honest about your reasons for the job search, then any offers received will be given the consideration they deserve.

Jackson Physician Search has a nationwide reach and a team of recruitment professionals with decades of healthcare industry experience. Contact our team today and let us work on finding the perfect fit for you and your family.

 

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How Physicians Can Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

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A few years ago, a study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine found that physicians are twice as likely as other workers to be unhappy with their work-life balance. Since then, nothing in the healthcare industry has changed to make achieving that balance any easier, and many may concede it has gotten worse.  The 2019 Medscape study on Physician Burnout found that 44% of doctors were experiencing burnout, and 15% were clinically depressed.  Clearly, with the effort required to become a physician, ending up burned out and depressed is not an ideal scenario.

Regardless of your chosen occupation, everyone deserves to achieve the work-life balance that they have always wanted. Let’s look at a few things you can do immediately to find that perfect work-life balance.

  1. Audit Your Time. I know, your first thought is that you don’t have the time to practice medicine, how can I find the time to track my hours.  The answer is simple. If you don’t have a clear understanding of where your time is going, how can you make the necessary changes to find balance?  Fortunately, there are very handy time tracking apps that you can put on your phone.  With very little effort, you can set up the multitude of tasks you perform throughout the day, and when you get to work the next day, simply clock into and out of those tasks. At the end of the week, you will have a very clear picture of where your time is going.  Time tracking apps like Atracker or TMetric offer basic versions for iOS and Android for free, or more robust versions for a nominal fee.  Once you determine where your time is being wasted or how much time is spent on overly labor-intensive duties, you can work on coming up with a solution.
  2. Make Your Own Wellness an Important Priority. You spend your day healing others, but when it comes down to it, how much time are you spending on healing yourself?  You aren’t a machine and should refrain from treating yourself like one.  Start small and force yourself to leave work at a reasonable hour at least once a week.  Or, try spending a lunch hour several days a week at the gym.  Let’s face it, the work will be there when you get back, so there is no reason to forgo your own mental and physical health trying to do the impossible.
  3. Don’t Obsess Over Things You Can’t Control. There is a lot of wisdom in the “Serenity Prayer” that is used in 12-step recovery programs, among other things. As a physician, you have a lot of things that are in your control, but also much that is not. Instead of stressing about each new regulation that is passed down from CMS or the latest insurance claim that was denied, have the serenity to accept what you can and cannot control.  Internalizing your frustrations over external demands is a sure way to stoke the burnout fire. Try channeling those frustrations into an evening run or visit the gym.
  4. Create a Meaningful Life Outside of Your Work. As difficult as it may seem at times, the more life you cultivate outside of work, the more reasons you will have to force yourself to leave at a reasonable time or take a vacation day or two.  Whether it is family, friends, or a hobby, having other priorities in your life besides work, makes it easier to force a balance between them.
  5. Advocate for Yourself. Frequently, physicians allow themselves to be sucked into commitments or responsibilities that are unreasonable for anyone who is trying to achieve work-life balance. Sometimes you have to stick up for yourself and demand that time off for vacation, or even just the opportunity to take a break or a lunch at a reasonable time.  If electronic records charting is keeping you in the office until 9 at night, advocate for a medical scribe to alleviate some of that burden. Somethings are worth the fight, and if it is impeding your ability to create balance in your life, fight for the change you need.

You have worked extremely hard to become a physician, and you deserve to have a life outside of practicing medicine.  It may not seem easy to achieve, but it is important for you as a person and your longer-term career to begin taking steps toward achieving balance in your life.

If you need to make a change in order to achieve greater work-life balance, contact the experienced recruitment professionals at Jackson Physician Search, and let us help you find the opportunity needed to get there.

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It’s Never Too Early for Physician Retirement Planning

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If you are one of the more than 30% of physicians who will be 65 years of age or older by 2020, you have probably already thought a lot about retirement.  If you have some years ahead of you before retirement age, it is still a good time to think about what your retirement might look like.

Jackson Physician Search surveyed both practicing physicians and healthcare administrators to gain an understanding of how physicians can prepare for the transition to retirement and how healthcare organizations can plan for the potential vacancies.

According to the almost 600 physician respondents, the drivers for retirement included lifestyle issues (44%), financial stability (23%), with nearly 20% citing burnout and frustration with increased administrative responsibilities detracting from a focus on patient care.  Let’s look at other factors to consider when retirement is a part of your conversation.

Is full-retirement your plan?

While more than 40% of administrators responded that when one of their physicians was planning to retire, it was going to be a full retirement. In contrast, only 17% of physician respondents planned to fully retire, with 28% planning to work full- or part-time somewhere else.  Physicians have options available to them, with many organizations happy to provide flexible work schedules, telehealth opportunities, and other unique job opportunities for physicians who still want to practice medicine, but on their own terms.

Do you have a planned retirement location?

For the physician who wants to spend a portion of their retirement years fishing, hunting, or hiking, or maybe sailing and spending time on the water, retiring to a favorite location doesn’t mean you have to be fully retired.  Most rural and less-populated communities will jump at the chance to have an experienced physician working a few hours a week at the local critical care hospital or FQHC.

Who should initiate the retirement conversation?

According to the Jackson Physician Search survey, the majority of physician respondents acknowledged a responsibility to initiate the retirement conversation with administration, but almost 52% expressed their discomfort with discussing retirement.  An important fact to know for those physicians who are uncomfortable initiating the retirement conversation is that 74% of administrators are open to the discussion.

What is a fair lead-time for retirement notification?

Your retirement is a personal matter that should obviously be discussed and decided by yourself and your loved ones.  However, with the current physician shortage and the lengthy time needed to fill physician vacancies, the matter of retirement notification lead time has become a critical topic.  Almost 50% of administrators cited an ideal advance notification of one to three years, while 40% of physicians felt six months was adequate.  Ideally, a retirement notification should be somewhere in between those two extremes.  In today’s high-demand climate, physician vacancies can take from six months to more than a year to fill.  The key is for there to be an open dialogue between the physician and administration to allow for adequate planning and recruitment time.

Physicians who are beginning to reach that stage in their career where retirement is closer to reality should plan their conversation with administration.  No organization wants to be caught off guard with an unexpected vacancy.  And, administrator survey respondents clearly stated that they welcome the opportunity to discuss retirement options with their physician staff.

If you are finding yourself nearing that retirement discussion, it may be time to consider speaking with the industry professionals at Jackson Physician Search.  Our team has decades of healthcare industry experience, and we can assist you with whatever your retirement plans may include. From helping you plan the retirement discussion with your current organization to finding you the perfect part-time opportunity in your retirement locality.  Jackson Physician Search wants to help you transition to your perfect retirement.

For more information, contact Jackson Physician Search today.

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How a Recruiter Can Help You Find Your Best Opportunity

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Dr. E is a young, family medicine practitioner. She did her undergrad in Alabama and her medical degree in Washington, DC.  Dr. E was completing her Family Medicine Residency at a large medical center in North Carolina, but was in the process of starting her search for outpatient primary care openings within driving distance of her family who lived in and around Washington, DC.

Searching for the right position on her own, she had received a few offers from large medical systems but had been hesitant to accept any of them. She was finding that the offers were requiring her to commit to five years, in exchange for a $100,000 in student loan assistance.  Then, Dr. E responded to an opportunity for a Primary Care provider search being promoted by Jackson Physician Search, Director of Recruitment, Sally Ann Patton.  The opportunity was located in Maryland and within driving distance of the nation’s capital.  Dr. E and Sally Ann immediately developed a great rapport. Through their initial conversations, Sally Ann quickly understood Dr. E’s concerns about the type of setting she was looking for, her student loan concerns, and she walked her through what a reasonable compensation package might look like without strings attached. She explained what Dr. E should be looking for to provide quality of life, a manageable caseload, and the ability to pay down her student loans.

The opportunity that was being presented to Dr. E was with a 375-bed community hospital system that was primarily physician-led throughout their seven locations.  Dr. E met with the key leaders and was immediately taken by the physician-first approach and their focus on the doctor-patient relationship.  She found this in contrast to the larger systems that she had been interviewing at, and she appreciated the personable approach that was evident with everyone she met.  Another important relationship that played a role in what ultimately turned into a successful placement was the key role that the client’s recruitment lead played in the process.

There were clear lines of communication from the beginning, and the client was very responsive to any questions or concerns raised by Dr. E.  When the offer was presented to Dr. E, she had received a couple of other solid offers.  Because of the trust and rapport she had built with Sally Ann, she felt confident in her understanding of everything being presented to her and ultimately chose the community setting.

This scenario is not uncommon for young physicians who might be overwhelmed by the frenzied nature of searching for the right opportunity. In this case, the recruitment professional was able to establish a trust-based relationship with the physician, provide guidance about the industry and the inner workings of the contractual offer process, and even help facilitate the open communication between the client and the candidate.

If you are a physician who is ready to start exploring new opportunities to take the next step in your career, or if you are a new physician and want to better understand the industry through the guidance of an experienced physician recruitment professional, contact Jackson Physician Search today.

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Physician’s Choice: Employed vs. Self-employed

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Today’s physicians are in the enviable position of being in such high demand that they have any number and variety of career options to choose from. Some, in recent years, have left their private practice for hospital or large health system employment, while others have reconsidered and returned to a private setting.  Let’s take a look at the main differences between being an employed physician vs. self-employed.

Employed

  1. Financial Stability – Physicians working in a hospital or hospital-owned group do not have to worry about over-head, billing, administrative, or other private practice concerns. They know what their salary is going to be and any types of financial incentives they need to meet.
  2. Focus on Medicine – Like financial stability, employed physicians don’t have as many distractions or the responsibilities of running the practice, in addition to treating their patients. This allows their focus to remain on doing what they love to do most, practice medicine.
  3. Benefits/Insurance Coverage – Like most careers, when you are working for a larger organization, you tend to have better insurance and other benefits. Employed physicians typically have better malpractice insurance as another added benefit over private practice.
  4. Regular Schedule – In an employment setting, physicians tend to negotiate a stable work schedule, limited call duties, and paid vacation time.
  5. Academic Opportunities – In an employed setting, physicians who have the desire to pursue research and other academic opportunities can do so without losing billable hours at a private practice.

Self-employed

  1. Autonomy – As much as employed physicians have guaranteed financial security, self-employed physicians have the autonomy to practice medicine the way they deem is best. Self-employed physicians do not have administrators or other executives dictating various processes or rules that may be contrary to the physician’s practice methods.
  2. Workplace Culture – Physicians in a self-employed setting have the ability to develop the culture and values of their workplace. Whereas in an employed setting, there is little control of the culture. When you are the one making the decisions, everything that happens within the workplace is within your purview.
  3. Unlimited Income Potential – While an employed setting may provide a stable financial opportunity, there is no limit to how successful your private setting can become. As in any business, you can grow the practice into whatever you envision and with greater success comes greater reward, financial and otherwise.
  4. Work/Life Balance – When you run your own practice, you can control your work schedule. It may take time, but eventually, you can be in a position to work as many or as few hours as suits your lifestyle.
  5. Patient Relationships – In a self-employed setting, physicians have opportunities to develop relationships with their patients. Research has shown that when a doctor gets to know their patient, the result is that both are more satisfied with the level of care and overall experience.

The results of physician job satisfaction surveys show that employed physicians and self-employed physicians have similar levels of job satisfaction, with self-employed physicians just slightly more satisfied.  With that, it is safe to infer that physicians should choose the practice setting that is best aligned with their individual career goals and workplace preferences.  The employment outlook for physicians is continuing to grow at a rapid pace which means that there will continue to be plenty of opportunities to choose from regardless of the practice setting.

If you want to explore the many opportunities that are available for your physician career, contact a Jackson Physician Search recruitment professional today.

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You can watch the recording of JPS Recruiters Live: 3 Things Residents Need to Know to Land a Great First Job on our Facebook page. (10 mins.)

What you need to know, before we get started, is that now is the time for you to be preparing yourself for the perfect job opportunity.

Why Now?

  • Credentialing process: On average will take 90 – 120 days
  • Phone interviews and site visits: 30 – 45 days, longer if considering multiple offers
  • Decision making: Some organizations move faster than others but prepare for a 30-day process
  • Contract review, revisions, and signing: At least 30 days

When things are going smoothly, you are looking at a process that will take 6- to 8-months from the first date of contact.

Things to Consider

1. Play the Long Game

    • Finances – The financial aspect of your first job can be broken down into the immediate monetary value (salary, sign-on bonus, loan forgiveness, etc.), and more importantly, the long-term wealth-building opportunity of the position. Consider how the job will set you up for your future including buying a home, starting a family, living within the lifestyle of your choice, and even potentially retiring early.
    • Impact – Your career choices have an impact on every aspect of your life. Internally, you should consider what type of impact you will be able to impart on the practice and setting you choose. From an external perspective, consider the impact you can have on the community and patients you will serve. Finally, it is important to consider how your career choice impacts yourself, your family, and your future.
    • Experience – Think about how this first job is going to set you up for the future. What types of experiences will be provided for you and what do you want to gain from this job.

 

2. Embrace Your Brand

    • Millennial Pride – Yes, you are a millennial and with that comes an intrinsic set of positive attributes. As outlined in Entrepreneur Magazine, millennial employees are naturally curious, very tech-savvy, care about important social issues, and among other things, are great working in teams. Own your “millennial-ness!”
    • Promote Your Brand – Healthcare organizations have finally begun embracing the concept that finding employees who fit their culture and values are their best hires. The same applies to residents who should be looking at opportunities with organizations that match their own values. Embracing the things that you are passionate about and understanding what unique traits you bring to the table will help you make the right choice.
    • First Impressions – You’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point. Be proud of the fact that you are no longer a resident and are stepping out into a fresh start. You are skilled, prepared, and ready to make a difference – Use these attributes to present yourself during the interview process.

 

3. Utilize Available Resources

    • Don’t Go It Alone – In your profession, most of the time, you are left to your own devices when treating your patients. Sure, you have a team of nurses and others to help, but the decisions come from you. Your first job search doesn’t have to be that way. Finding an established, experienced recruitment partner, like Jackson Physician Search, can open up doors and information that you might otherwise miss.
      • Resources, Access, and Reach – A trusted career partner has resources and established connections throughout the industry that will help you access the right opportunity.
      • Experience, Data, Mentoring – Establishing a relationship with an experienced recruitment firm allows you to tap into a team that has been in the industry for decades. The right firm will provide you with quality, real-time market data showing you where the best jobs can be found.
      • Contract Negotiations – Physician compensation offers can be a tricky, complicated process. Your recruitment partner can help you navigate the hills and valleys of contract negotiations and help keep your mind at ease.
    • Blogs and Articles – There is a lot of information available to any physician who is willing to take the time to stay current on things that are happening in the employment side of the industry. You are already perusing articles through the New England Journal of Medicine, but at this stage of your career, it is also important to stay focused on the job search. Subscribing to professionally presented blog articles, like those found through Jackson Physician Search provides you access to compensation information, industry trends, data analysis, and much more. Other sites and applications we would recommend include Doximity and LinkedIn.

If you want to connect with a trusted, experienced physician recruitment firm with a national presence, contact the professionals at Jackson Physician Search today.

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What To Consider When Choosing a Practice Setting

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When you were first dreaming about becoming a doctor, there is a good chance that most of the dream was just about helping and healing people without much thought to where it would occur.  Now that your dream has become a reality, you are probably amazed at how many options you have regarding a practice setting.  You have worked extremely hard to get where you are, so it is important to choose a practice setting that fits your personality and gives you the best opportunity to live out your dream.  Let’s look at several the things you should consider when choosing a practice setting.

Market Demographics

Many physicians who grew up in a small town or a rural community want to practice medicine in a rural setting.  Others who grew up in the city may just want to spend more time enjoying nature in wide-open spaces.  While there may not be a large variety of practice settings to choose from, many doctors favor the pace and lifestyle benefits that a rural community can provide.

Physicians who choose to practice in urban or more metropolitan areas will have many more practice options to choose from. In larger metro areas, doctors will experience more growth opportunities, higher patient volumes, and also have more access to support than those in rural communities.

Employment Model

Most recently, the trend for physicians is to leave their self-employed practice setting for a hospital or large system setting.  While some physicians are considering a return to private practice, the overall demand for practicing physicians is driving up the number of opportunities available in hospital settings and large private practice partnerships.

Many physicians prefer working in a hospital setting as a way to ensure a stable income with greater opportunities to earn bonuses and negotiate more favorable work hours. In a partnership setting, physicians are bridging the gap between being self-employed and the stability of a hospital setting. As a partner or at a minimum on a partnership track, physicians have a greater say in how the practice operates, fostering patient relationships, and contributing to the workplace culture.

Type of Organization

Much of your decision on the type of practice setting you want to work will be based on whether or not you want to work in a large or small setting. Obviously, if you want to be self-employed, you will be working in a smaller practice environment. If you choose to work in a large health system environment, you will have the luxury of having a stable flow of patients as well as access to a plethora of referring physicians.

If you are a specialist, you may want to practice in a single-specialty group that is independent or affiliated with a larger health system.  Others choose to practice in a larger group that has multiple specialties included within the organization.  This allows patients to have easier access to different specialists when necessary.

Working in a clinic setting may be the perfect choice for doctors who want to work in rural or underserved communities. Clinics typically offer a stable schedule with regular hours and even weekends off!  A downfall to working in a clinic environment is usually lower compensation and a lack of growth potential.

No one needs to tell you that a career as a physician is both rewarding and difficult.  The hard part of the equation is the main reason why it is so important for you to choose the right practice setting so you can achieve everything you dreamed of before becoming a doctor.  Finding a setting that affords you the opportunity to succeed and in an environment that fits your personal culture and values will lead to a long and personally healthy career.

Is it time for you to explore other opportunities and take your career to the next level?  Working with a Jackson Physician Search recruitment professional can be the jump start you need.  Contact our team of dedicated, industry experts today!

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Five Steps to Becoming a Physician Leader

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The amount of education and training that was required to become a physician has put you in a natural position of leadership. From your patients, nurses, and other supporting team members, everyone looks to you for answers and direction.  In recent surveys, physicians have identified more autonomy and participatory decision making as top attributes of a positive organizational culture.  The survey responses are a good indicator that many of today’s practicing physicians are craving the opportunity to take on more leadership roles within their organizations. Let’s look at five steps physicians can take to become a leader. Hospitals with physician leadership have higher quality scores than non-physician-led hospitals.

Know the Characteristics of a Good Physician Leader

One of the most important traits of a good physician leader is self-awareness. It is critical to understand how you are perceived by your team and how your actions impact those around you. Being a leader requires a sense of humility and a desire to create an aura of approachability to ensure others feel comfortable engaging in conversation or discussion with you.  In years past, our parents used to tell us to do something because they said so, today, leaders have to be able to communicate why something needs to be done and how it impacts the desired outcomes. Communication skills are key, along with creating an environment of transparency that welcomes the input of others who want to share their perspective.

Be Open to Process Improvements and Change

A physician leader can take a step back and understand the big picture.  As a leader, you must begin to envision how your team fits within the framework of the organization and how you collectively support the corporate goals, values, and vision.  A physician leader will be able to consider opposing viewpoints, find weak spots and inefficiencies in the process, and be bold enough to take action to improve the situation. Often times, those you are leading are contributing to an inefficient process or quality concern, your leadership means you need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your staff and be willing to coach and mentor them as needed.

Get More Involved

On your path to a leadership role, you shouldn’t expect that one day you will get a tap on the shoulder and be told that you are now a leader. Along the way, put yourself out there by getting involved in organizational activities, process improvement task forces, and other areas where you can not only gain different experiences but are meeting and interacting with others in the organization.

Understand the Industry Outside of Your Specialty or Practice

To effectively take on the role of a physician leader, taking the time to explore, study, and understand all aspects of our rapidly changing healthcare industry is a necessity. Whether through industry journals, online or in-person webinars or training, the healthcare industry is getting more complex by the day and you should maintain a solid understanding of how it is evolving and impacting the organization as a whole. Healthcare needs physician leaders that understand the big picture and can innovate to shape the future of the industry.

Sharpen Your Saw

Being a physician leader is more than a title that says you are in charge.  Leadership requires an understanding of many things that were not necessarily part of your medical education and training.  Many physicians who are pursuing their medical degree today are also pursuing an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration. If your educational track didn’t include that focus, prepare yourself through continuing education courses that are geared toward developing a deeper understanding of management, organizational strategies, and finance.  Also, if recognizing subordinates for their achievements or using positive coaching techniques isn’t a natural activity for you in the workplace, it is an important trait to develop as you move forward in your leadership career.  Being a physician leader is as much about personal improvement as it is the development of those around you.

Jackson Physician Search has a team of industry professionals who can help you discover your perfect leadership opportunity.  Whether you are interested in finding out what is available for someone with your experience or you are ready to take the next step in your career, our experienced recruitment professionals are available to be your career partner. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you thrive.

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No matter what stage you are at in your physician career, it is never too early to spend time planning for your future.  Young doctors sometimes make the mistake of putting off their career planning, but that is a mistake that can lead you down a path of stagnation and even burnout.  Having a clear plan for your future with enough flexibility to make adjustments as your life situation changes is the surest way to get the most out of the hard work you put in to becoming a doctor in the first place.  Here are 5 things to consider when planning your future as a physician.

Map Out Your Career Goals

Think back to when you made the decision to pursue a career in medicine and how you had at least a general idea of what your career might look like.  Now that you are a practicing physician, it is important to set time aside and map out a clearer picture of your career progression.  Whether you are happy right where you are or thinking about making changes, in today’s high-demand environment, your future is wide open.  By sitting down with a clear mind, no distractions, and a positive attitude, you can formulate a successful plan for the future that is personally and professionally fulfilling.

Moving Up or Moving On

Based on the vision you have created for your career, taking the next step may include preparing to move into more of a leadership role or finding a new opportunity altogether.  If you want to be on a leadership track, it is important to determine what additional education you are going to need for your climb up the ladder to the C-Suite.  On the other hand, if a new opportunity is in your plan, now is the time to make that happen. Finding an experienced physician recruitment professional can be the best way to land your dream job.

Return to Private Practice? 

While the trend has been physicians abandoning private practice for larger hospital systems, many are now reconsidering that decision. If you are feeling like a number and long for the days when you had more say in how things were done, it might be time to reconsider your practice setting. In private practice, you have more control over your patient load and your work schedule. If practicing in your current environment has you feeling stressed, there are plenty of private practice opportunities for you to consider.

Aim to Achieve FIRE

Unless you have completely unplugged and are practicing off the grid, you have heard about FIRE.  For physicians, FIRE is Financial Independence, Retire Early, and is a good goal to have no matter where you are in your career.  Working towards FIRE is a combination of caring about how you spend your money as much as how big your salary is.  In any career, the end goal should be setting yourself up for retirement, so you are professionally and financially able to do it when the time comes.

After You Retire

Just because you have reached the point that you are ready to retire, that doesn’t mean you have to ride off into the sunset and never be heard from again. Unless that is what you want for your retirement. Many physicians still have the desire to stay involved even through their retirement years. After your prestigious career as a physician, you still have multiple options available to keep yourself involved and busy. Consider more involvement or positions of responsibility on the boards of not-for-profits, or consider taking on the mentorship of the next generation of physicians.  You can even keep your skills sharp and work one or two days a week at a community or rural health clinic. Whatever your retirement plan looks like, the opportunities are out there.

To get a real, comprehensive insight into the healthcare industry and career opportunities for physicians, contact a Jackson Physician Search recruitment professional today.

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Finding the Right Fit for You and Your Family

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Recently, a medical system serving rural Iowa contacted Jackson Physician Search for assistance in finding a new Medical Director to oversee a staff of over 30 individuals, including physicians, advanced providers, and support staff. With the current state of available physicians with child and adolescent psychiatric experience being thin, Tara Osseck, Director of Recruiting at Jackson Physician Search knew she had a challenge to overcome.

Tara made a connection with an experienced psychiatric physician who was practicing in western Montana. Dr. M was only casually seeing what types of job opportunities were out there for someone with his background and experience. He was currently in a private practice setting specializing in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was also the Medical Director for a regional cooperative and had served as a Chief Medical Director.

Dr. M. was the perfect candidate for the Iowa opportunity, but making such a big move, especially when he was only casually exploring the job market, he needed to make sure the opportunity was right for him and his family. He agreed to an interview and the leadership team in Iowa took every opportunity to ensure that Dr. M. and his family would get to know everything about the opportunity and the community. They set up a robust, four-day visit where Dr. M. met with everyone from the administrative team, the leadership team at all of the regional practice sites, and even the Board members. During the meetings, they were extremely impressed with Dr. M’s background and leadership experience leading them to begin discussing bringing him on as their Chief Medical Officer instead of Medical Director. Dr. M was similarly impressed with those he met and appreciated the open discussions they had, including strategic visions, ways to expand service offerings to the communities, and implementation of new programs.

During the visit, Dr. M, his wife, and their young child were paired up with other families from the organization that had similar aged children. They attended a local festival, visited the zoo, and a family dinner with other physicians in the community. Because the organization was so thorough, it put Dr. M and his wife at ease about making the move. If you need some tips on how to make the most of an on-site interview, click here.

If you are curious about what opportunities are out there, contact one of our expert physician recruiters. We take the time to listen to what you are looking for in your personal life and career. Contact us today.

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