How a Recruiter Can Help You Find Your Best Opportunity


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


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.


  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.


  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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JPS Recruiters Live: 3 Things Residents Need to Know to Land a Great First Job


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


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


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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A Physician’s Career Can Take Many Paths

Through the year 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects physician employment to increase by 13%, with rural and underserved population centers even higher.

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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Career as a Physician


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


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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A Physician’s Career Can Take Many Paths


Through the year 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects physician employment to increase by 13%, with rural and underserved population centers even higher. In years past, those who chose a career as a physician expected that upon graduating and completing a residency that they would end up in a hospital or private practice setting.  While this is still the case for many physicians, and often depends on the chosen specialty, today’s healthcare industry is a wide-open environment where medical professionals have a variety of career paths to choose from.  Here is a look at several ways that physicians are adapting their career to fit their lifestyle.

Earning Board Certification

For physicians that want to pave their way into exclusive opportunities, becoming board certified is a natural first step.  Earning board certification requires a physician to undertake intensive training in their chosen specialty and passing a certification exam.  Physicians can choose multiple specialties based upon their ultimate career goals. For more information, visit the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Join Academia

For physicians who prefer the academic side of medicine, choosing to devote your career to training the next generation of physicians is always an option. As the demand for physicians grow, there will always be opportunities for qualified individuals to teach the practice of medicine.  Becoming an academic physician does not require you to focus only on teaching, research, and specialized clinical opportunities are also potential tracts.

Becoming an Administrator

As the approach to healthcare is becoming more team-based, physicians are naturally taking on more of a leadership role. Leading clinical care teams provide physicians with the opportunity to exercise a number of skills that can ultimately translate into larger and more involved leadership positions within the organization. Physicians that are interested in higher level leadership positions should focus on developing their communication skills, conflict resolution, financial and operations planning, and furthering their overall business skills.  The American Association for Physician Leadership is a great place to learn more about the transition from physician to executive.

Starting or Joining a Private Practice

Although the current trend in the healthcare industry is that the majority of physicians are choosing to be hospital employed, that doesn’t discount the availability of private practice opportunities. As of 2018, almost 46% of physicians worked independently with an ownership stake in private practice. Many young doctors choose to establish themselves in a hospital setting before “taking the plunge” into a private practice setting.

Practicing in Non-traditional Settings

There are many other settings where physicians can gain experience or may choose as a career option based on their own preferences and lifestyle choices.  For example, working as a physician for a state or federal corrections system might not be the first practice setting that comes to mind as a career path but is one that provides a variety of experiences conducive to becoming a well-rounded physician.


Some physicians, after working in a hospital or traditional clinical environment, begin to gravitate towards non-clinical settings after reaching a certain point in their career.  This might mean utilizing your skills and experience as a medical director for an insurance company or for a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Others jump into politics or public service to play a role in shaping the legislative future of healthcare. For those considering a role like that in the future should prepare themselves throughout their career by continuing their education in areas like communications, public policy, and business-related courses.

Your hard-earned medical degree has provided you with a passport to pursue many different avenues as your career progresses.  The key is to find the path that is going to lead you into a future that is not only financially secure but also personally fulfilling.  Whether it is the patient-facing aspect of providing quality healthcare or choosing to pursue other avenues or settings, the key is that you have choices and opportunity.

If you are currently open to pursuing a career change or just want to explore the possibilities, contact a Jackson Physician Search recruitment specialist today and start your search.


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Working With a Recruiter to Make a Change


Based in Boise, Dr. M. had been traveling all over Idaho and other western states as the Medical Director for a correctional facility conglomerate.  The hours and the travel were taking a toll, and on top of that, Dr. M. and his wife had a newborn at home.  He saw the posting for a rural medical center position and knew he had to pursue the opportunity.

As is often the case with many small rural communities, the magic of living there is completely unknown unless you have visited or passed through at some point.  This was true for a small town of 990 people in rural Idaho, located near the “Craters of the Moon” National Monument and about 3 hours outside of Boise. The town, most noted for being the first in America to be lit by atomic energy is also famous because esteemed writer Ernest Hemingway occasionally brought his friends here to go hunting and fly fishing.

The people in this friendly town have their medical needs served by a single community medical center which also provides care to several surrounding towns. When their current Chief of Medical Staff decided to leave, it became a bit of concern for the entire community. After all, he was the only full-time Family Practice physician at the facility with other family practice doctors out of Boise rotating through part-time.

Jackson Physician Search recruiter Becky Casias knew that she had to find the right physician who could take over as Chief of Medical Staff and manage the Nurse Practitioners and the few specialty physicians that were practicing in the medical center.  In the job posting that she put out, Becky highlighted all of the benefits of living in the charming community.

As fate would have it, Dr. M. knew all about this quaint town and had visited there with a longtime friend who lived within a short drive in a nearby town. They had taken trips to hunt and fish in Mackay, a community of 700 that was also served by the medical center.  Dr. M., a military veteran and pilot, came with a wide range of experiences including Flight surgeon. Becky and Dr. M. agreed that they should move forward with the process.

Once that decision was made, things happened rather quickly. Dr. M’s contract with the prison system was up for renewal, so he didn’t have any entanglements to delay his pursuing the new opportunity.  Dr. M. met with the CEO of the medical center, the staff, and several community leaders.  From the beginning, it was very apparent that Dr. M. was the perfect fit for both the hospital and the community.

Jackson Physician Search has dozens of similar opportunities in both large and small communities across the United States.  Let our team of recruitment professionals guide you to the perfect fit for your career and for your family.  Reach out today to secure your tomorrow.

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Physicians and Mental Health Access in the United States


According to the Journal of American Medical Association, nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. are afflicted with some form of mental health condition.  If this trend isn’t concerning enough, the Health Resources and Services Administration reported in 2016 that the supply of select behavioral health professionals is 250,000 short of what the nation’s demand will be by the year 2025.  Not surprisingly, as the situation worsens over time, primary care physicians will have to shoulder the burden.

Long waiting lists for mental health services are nothing new in many communities across the U.S., and the unfortunate aspect is that many of these patients are giving up on treatment rather than waiting.

“I often have a patient who clearly needs to see a psychiatrist, but is unable to get an appointment for another six months!” -Dr. G., New Jersey

In other instances where mental health access is available, insurance plans with notoriously low coverage options are making it difficult for patients to get the coverage they need.

One positive development, although it is also contributing to the demand for mental health services exceeding supply, is that awareness efforts nationwide are lessening the social stigmas attached to mental health issues.  Further, the clear relationship between mental health and physical health are changing both attitudes and approaches to healthcare delivery in clinics and practices nationwide.

One model in practice, referred to as SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), originated through a 2009 North Carolina Medical Journal paper.1 Research from that paper identified that approximately 70% of all primary care visits could be attributed to behavioral or mental health issues.  If nothing else, these staggering numbers clearly demonstrate the need for additional mental health services training in the primary care setting, but also the necessary linkage to mental health providers and services.

A 2016 Ohio State University College of Medicine study 2 concluded that while mental health screenings are important in primary care settings, additional training and education for providers on mental health issues and medications is critical.  Additionally, providers need to be more cognizant of the community mental and behavioral health services that are available and to ensure they are maintaining those relationships to key services for their patients.

“Innovative ways of creating access to mental health services include telepsychiatry, where the psychiatric resource is brought to the patient, rather than the other way around.” -Dr. H., Wisconsin

In many rural communities, the availability of mental health services is often a multiple hour drive away.  In these circumstances, providers are relying on technology to create accessibility to services. The utilization of telemedicine technology provides a platform for mental health care providers to evaluate, treat, and manage medications for their patient at a distance. Integrating that care in consult with the primary care physician or family practitioner allows them to work together and achieve better results.

As with every challenge that ultimately crops up within the healthcare industry, the solutions require multi-faceted approaches that are supported from the federal level on down through the state and local level. In many cases, the best solutions will originate at the local level and work up as opposed to down from the federal government.  At the federal level, legislators need to create more incentives for healthcare professionals to follow a mental health services tract, insurance companies must reinforce their subscriber’s ability to seek treatment by providing the coverage necessary and also to reimburse at appropriate levels. Locally, community leaders, physicians, and educators need to foster the linkage between physical care providers and mental health providers ensuring that those individuals that need treatment are referred consistently to the appropriate entity where they can receive the help they need.


1 Collins, Chris, North Carolina Medical Journal, “Integrating Behavioral and Mental Health Services into the Primary Care Setting”, 2009.
2 Murray, Kelsey, Ohio State University College of Medicine, “A Survey of Mental Health Needs in a Primary Care Setting”, 2016


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