Working With a Recruiter to Make a Change

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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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Finding Non-traditional Physician Opportunities with the Help of a Recruiter

In today’s hot physician job market, many physicians assume that when the time comes for a job search, it will seem like catching fish in a barrel.  While partly true because the demand far exceeds the supply of available physicians, many doctors are missing out on opportunities that only a recruiter can help them find.

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What You Should Know About Physician Compensation

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Physicians and Mental Health Access in the United States

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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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Reducing Paperwork to Help Combat Physician Burnout

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Physician Bonuses and Benefits

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2019 Hiring Outlook for Residents

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If 2019 is your last year of residency, you are probably in the full-on throes of securing your first job post-residency!  While it can be a stressful time, it is also an opportunity to solidify the notion of getting your physician career off to a successful start.  Since 2019 will be spent exploring opportunities, let’s take a look at what is in store for Residents this year.

The good news is that you chose a career that is in high demand and will be for the foreseeable future.  In 2018, physician jobs grew by 7% compared to 5.1% in 2017.  As the national economy continues to grow, more people will be in the workforce, presumably leading to more individuals having company provided healthcare.  Here are several things to consider when exploring your post-residency job opportunities.

Geography Matters.  As it does in real estate, location can play a large part in deciding on your first job.  Those who are flexible in where they settle down will have greater choice and opportunities.  For example, while physician job postings across the board grew significantly in 2018, the overall demand was highly dependent upon geography. Growth was highest in areas like Tucson (20%), Los Angeles and Chicago (19%), Little Rock, Arkansas (18%), and Baltimore (17%).

Consider going country.  Many young physicians are drawn to large urban areas with the idea that it is where they will earn the most money.  While true in many cases, it also comes with its share of cautionary tales.  Large urban practices are not for everybody, and some young doctors can get lost in the shuffle.  An alternative may be to practice in a rural setting where you may have an opportunity to begin your career with better work/life balance.  Practicing in a smaller community setting gives you a sense of stature, and forces you to utilize all of your skills (and develop new ones).  Plus, compensation concerns are not the issue they were in the past.

Do your homework.  Because of the demand market, there is no need to jump at the first opportunity you are presented with during your job search.  Instead, treat each opportunity as you would a puzzling medical condition. Avoid jumping right in with a decision and do some homework on the organization. How stable is their leadership team, do they have a solid strategic plan for addressing the rapidly changing healthcare landscape?  If it is a smaller physician practice, what is their rate of turnover, are any key players planning to leave or retire? Understanding the business is just as important as the nuts and bolts of any offers they are presenting.

Culture and fit matters.  As important as it is for you to understand the organization as a business, it is equally important to understand its workplace culture.  The interview process is a good place to assess the culture of a potential work environment.  Spend some time in the coffee shop or cafeteria and strike up a conversation with some of the physicians or residents you meet. If it is an opportunity out of state or in a location you are unfamiliar with, spend time in the community, and visit the chamber of commerce to learn about recreational and cultural activities.  All of this matters if you want to set yourself up for making the right decision.

Only you can determine the best “first” job for your career as a physician.  It takes introspection to determine what type of practice setting is going to be your best opportunity for success. No physician wants to jump into what they thought was the perfect opportunity, only to find themselves exhausted, disillusioned, and back out on a new job search within a few short years.

If you are looking for a career partner that can help you navigate the process of finding a successful opportunity post-residency, Jackson Physician Search has an experienced team of recruitment professionals and a nationwide network of relationships to help you find your best fit. Contact us today.

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What You Should Know About Physician Compensation

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Understanding Physician Bonuses and Benefits

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Physician salaries continue to rise, although more modestly than in years past. You may find that hard to believe considering the 24-7 handwringing over the physician shortage, but have no doubt that physician compensation is still rising and becoming more complex.  After all, it is simple economics, as demand rises and supply stays the same or fails to rise commensurately, the cost (in this case salary) is going to rise.  For example, according to Medscape’s Physician Compensation Report 2018 average salaries for Primary Care and Specialties rose between 3 and 5% from 2017.  Hospitals and health systems are finding other ways to compensate physicians than base salary.  Many bonuses and benefits are not available everywhere but are often based on setting and geographic area.  Let’s try and make sense of some of the more popular physician bonuses and benefits.

Guaranteed Salary

This is one piece of your compensation package that is helpful to have your lawyer examine. Depending on your contract, this may be a 100% guarantee that you will earn X annually, or there may be a lower annual guarantee that includes incentive triggers that when met will increase your overall compensation. When incentives are involved, you will want to understand RVU’s and how they are tied to your salary.

Sign-On Bonus

The competition for physicians across the spectrum of care has led to an increase in the prevalence and amount of sign-on bonuses.  Depending on geographic location, physicians may be seeing signing bonuses up to $40,000. On the flip side of that, some regions are only offering bonuses up to $7,000.  Where you are willing to work can be financially beneficial.

Student Loan Forgiveness

An increasingly popular bonus being offered to new physicians is student loan forgiveness in return for a commitment to a contractual length of stay in the position. Once, a mainstay of rural and community health recruiting, the fierce competition for physician’s services have made student loan forgiveness a major attraction in the recruitment process.

Malpractice/Liability insurance

Insurance to protect physicians against malpractice claims is the most frequently provided benefit. This is another benefit that you should have your lawyer review to ensure that you understand coverage limits, statutes of limitations upon your leaving the position, and other details.

Relocation Stipend

Another popular benefit to consider is the relocation benefit.  Relocation stipends can generally be negotiated depending on the geographic area and individual circumstances. In these cases, it is important to fully understand what the requirements are to earn the stipend and how it will be paid out.

Retention Bonus

Because of the rising costs associated with physician vacancies and recruitment, retention bonuses are becoming a popular addition to the physician compensation package.  This bonus can be paid incrementally throughout the length of the employment contract or in some cases upon completion of the contract.

Other bonuses and stipends can be available but are less common.  In some geographic locations, physicians may be offered with a vehicle stipend, housing allowance, parking stipends, and more depending on specific challenges that one might find in a certain area.  These aren’t as common as some other incentives you can find, but if you are working with a good recruiter, they can alert you to many of the available perks.

To learn more about physician compensation or to work with a career partner who can assist you in finding the right opportunity to match your skills and career goals, contact Jackson Physician Search today.

Physician Career on Fire

Is Your Physician Career on FIRE?

Not in the literal sense, but many physicians today are working to ensure that their career is on FIRE.  FIRE as in Financial Independence, Retire Early!  

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Is Your Physician Career on FIRE?

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Not in the literal sense, but many physicians today are working to ensure that their career is on FIRE.  FIRE as in Financial Independence, Retire Early!  The acronym stands for something that many of us want to achieve, but so few are able.  Physicians are in a high demand, high salary field and have that opportunity if their sights are set in that direction.  Let’s take a look at things to consider while getting your career on track for FIRE.

For starters, to learn more directly about other physicians who are working toward FIRE, consider joining almost 10,000 of your fellow MD’s and DO’s who have joined the Physicians on FIRE Facebook page here.

It’s Not All About What You Earn

Sure, salary is a large component of your ability to gain enough financial control for FIRE, but it is equally about how much you spend.  It’s never too late to make the necessary changes in your career or in your personal life to regain that control. If you’ve become complacent where you are at, you may be missing out on other opportunities that will improve your earnings power.  Still saddled with student loan debt? You are not alone.  More than 60% of medical students graduate with over $150,000 in debt. It’s time to find an employer who is willing to help out with that.  What about credit card debt?  Make a plan to consolidate it and get out from under it.  Purposeful spending doesn’t mean you have to give up your lifestyle.  It does mean, you have to decide on what is most important and what can be put aside until later.

But I Like What I Do  

The beauty of setting yourself up for early retirement and financial independence is that you are creating your own terms. If you truly want to create financial independence for yourself and family, then working toward that goal is merely “setting the table” for you to make a decision when the time is right. According to a 2016 survey, 47% of physicians indicated that they planned to retire earlier than expected.  There is a very good chance that when the time comes, and you are financially independent, you will begin thinking about other things that feed your sense of fulfillment. When you have reached FI, no one is going to force you out of practicing medicine, in fact with the continuing doctor shortage, just the opposite will occur, but you will be in the position to practice just how you like.

Practice How You Want

Being a practicing physician has been your focus for the majority of your life. Naturally, it can be disconcerting to think about what comes after you stop seeing patients.  Truthfully, that is more of a personal retirement question, than a FIRE scenario.  The end goal of FIRE is for you to be free to do what you are really passionate about. If you still want to practice medicine, you’ll be free to do it on your own terms. You might want to transition into teaching or research, and FIRE will allow you to do so without worrying about how that will affect your lifestyle.

Making a commitment to financial independence is within your control.  The idea is to reach that point of independence before you begin thinking about life after the practice.  Maybe your work and life experiences have created the itch to pen the next great American novel, or you can’t stop thinking about spending all of your time between the beach and the golf course.  Whatever it is, you have earned it.  By making financial decisions now, your FIRE can be stoked when the right time arrives.

If you want to explore physician career opportunities that can help you achieve financial and personal goals, contact a Jackson Physician Search recruitment professional today.

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How a Recruiter Can Help You Get Your Foot in the Door

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Dr. Iswanto Sucandy had an impressive background and was in the process of finishing up his clinical fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, after previously completing one at Yale.  A surgeon, whose specialty was in the treatment of liver and pancreatic disease, he was looking for a position that would allow him to continue his research into the surgical techniques needed to treat cancer.  At Yale, Dr. Sucandy was trained in Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, while his training at UPMC included Hepatobiliary surgery.  His time at UPMC had earned him some renown for pioneering minimally invasive liver and pancreas resections. In May of 2016, Carly Clem, Senior Director of Recruiting at Jackson Physician Search contacted the promising young liver specialist believing she had an appropriate placement opportunity for him.

Carly knew this would be a great opportunity for Dr. Sucandy even if it would take a little convincing on her part.  At first, the hospital was a bit hesitant because they had been looking for a surgeon with years of experience and Dr. Sucandy was a new graduate.  But, she knew that he would thrive at Florida Hosptial if just given the opportunity.  She eventually convinced Florida Hospital to grant Dr. Sucandy an interview, and as expected, they soon learned just how impressive he was.  He nailed the interview process, and Florida Hospital couldn’t wait to get him on their team.

The rest, as they say, is history!  Dr. Sucandy has been doing amazing work at Florida Hospital and is earning a worldwide reputation for his surgical advancements.  In a recent case, he and another surgeon at Florida Hospital, performed a 3.5-hour operation on a patient to remove a tumor that had invaded two-thirds of her liver. Even the most minor error could have caused immediate death for the patient. Dr. Sucandy’s procedure was successful, and the patient is now cancer-free.

Stories like this one are not uncommon in physician recruitment.  A good recruiter, like Carly, learns about the facilities where she is trying to place a doctor, and also gets to know her physicians. She convinced Florida Hospital to give Dr. Sucandy an interview because she recognized that he would be a great fit, and with his impressive skillset would have an opportunity to be successful there.

To learn more about what a recruitment professional can do for your career, contact Jackson Physician Search today.

Choosing a smaller community to have a bigger impact

The Job You Want May Not Be the One You Need

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.

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2019 Physician Job Search Outlook

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Benefits for Physicians Who Choose a Small Practice

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So, you are a physician in a large metropolitan hospital-owned practice, with a big salary, professional prestige, invites to all of the local galas, and everything else that goes along with being a part of a large healthcare organization.  But the important question to ask yourself is…Are you happy?  If your answer is a resounding yes, then congratulations for achieving the success that you worked so hard for all these years.  If not, there is no better time to change things up than now.  The job market for physicians is roaring across all practice settings, and if you are tired of working in a large system, maybe it is time to think about a small practice.  Let’s take a look at the benefits of practicing in a small community setting versus the large organization you are used to.

Fewer layers often mean better communication.

The first thing you will notice about applying to practice in a smaller community setting is that there aren’t as many layers of management to navigate.  In fact, in many cases, you will be meeting and negotiating directly with the CEO.  In a smaller setting, contracts are typically negotiated and approved faster, changes to workflows or procedures can be made more quickly, often times right on the spot.  Overall, decision making happens faster when it occurs directly between the key stakeholders rather than through meetings, memos, and managers.

Having a voice in the organization.

To build upon the direct communication theme – in a smaller community practice setting, you will be looked upon as one of the key stakeholders/decision makers.  Having a voice in how the organization is managed can be incredibly energizing when you have spent your career as one among hundreds.  Being able to present and implement your ideas will increase your sense of ownership in the workplace, and allow you to contribute in ways other than through medicine.

Cultivating a great workplace culture.

Being looked upon as a key member of a small practice means that you have an opportunity to be a part of making it a great place to work. Everyone wants to feel good about going to work every day, and as soon as it feels like you are punching a clock, it is no longer as rewarding.  Fortunately, in your position as a leader, you can have a direct impact on the workplace culture.  Creating a culture with open communication, mutual respect from top to bottom, and ensuring that everyone is accountable for their individual responsibilities is a sure way for staff and physicians alike to be excited to come to work every day.

Being a key member of the community.

In a smaller practice setting, you could be one of only a few doctors in an entire town.  That immediately makes you one of the biggest fish in a small pond and provides you with an entirely new level of status.  Being respected and known by just about everyone in the community can be a great boost for your self-esteem.  A smaller community setting also allows you to get to know all of your patients.  In other practice settings that may be the case to some degree, but in a small community setting, you can be on a first name basis with all of your patients.

There are plenty of reasons to consider making the switch to a small community setting over a large healthcare organization, including developing a better work/life balance.  Only you can know what is best for your career and lifestyle.  If you want to explore various opportunities in small practice settings across the country, contact a Jackson Physician Search recruitment professional and get started today!

The Benefits of Private Practice

Is it Time to Reconsider the Benefits of Private Practice?

In recent years, much has been written about the numbers of physicians leaving private practice for hospital employment.  Unfortunately for many, the decision to leave a private practice…

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Is it Time to Reconsider the Benefits of Private Practice?

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In recent years, much has been written about the numbers of physicians leaving private practice for hospital employment.  Unfortunately for many, the decision to leave a private practice has turned out to be like “jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.”  Many physicians who thought it was time to leave a private practice setting are now having second thoughts or experiencing signs of burnout. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why it is time to reconsider the benefits of private practice.

More Autonomy

When was the last time a hospital administrator asked you for your opinion on how to improve the patient experience or create a better staff culture?  In a private practice setting, those kinds of decisions are yours to make or at a minimum be a part of the discussion.  In private practice, you can base your decisions on patient care, not a policy drafted by others who may be several years removed from the doctor-patient experience.

Workplace Culture

In a recent study, less than 50% of physicians in a hospital setting feel like they are always treated with respect.  Increasingly, in today’s healthcare workplace, culture is playing a greater role in the recruitment and retention of staff. In a private practice setting, if you are experiencing a toxic culture, look no further than the closest mirror.  You and your practice partners have the ability to create whatever type of environment works best for you and the staff.

Work/Life Balance

In private practice, you get to control how many patients per day you are going to see. You also get to decide when and how much you are going to work.  Determining what the right work/life balance is for you is a decision that can only be made by you (and your loved ones).  The good news is that if the mood strikes and you want to get away for a few days in wine country or hit the mountains for a quick ski trip, you can make it happen.

Patient Relationships

In private practice, especially in a primary care setting, you are establishing relationships with the patients you treat. Studies show that an ongoing physician-patient relationship results in greater satisfaction for both the physician and the patient.  This improved patient experience also leads to more referrals and favorable outcomes. A private practice becomes part of the fabric of a community and being connected to that care setting cannot be discounted.

Compensation

Most private practice settings allow you to set your own fees and work as many hours as you want to earn more money.  Even more so, for sub-specialties, seeing more patients means more money versus hospital system salary structures.  Additionally, efficiencies and other workflow improvements have a greater impact on the bottom-line in a private setting.  As the owner or major partner of the private practice, you decide what to do with the profits earned.

If you are interested in learning more about the private practice opportunities that Jackson Physician Search has available right now, contact a recruitment professional today.  

 

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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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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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