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. One such recruiter story involves Board-certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. S.
Dr. S began working in correctional medicine in 2010, after his impressive educational studies at the University of Hawaii and Fellowships at Yale School of Medicine, and University of Florida. He chose to work in corrections because it provided him with a quicker path to becoming a U.S. citizen by working with an underserved population. Dr. S’s wife is a Pharmacist, originally from the Orlando area, so after five years of working on-site at a correctional facility in Georgia, the family moved back to Florida.
In 2018, Irven Stacy, a physician recruitment professional with Jackson Physician Search, learned of a client with a very specific need to fill. The organization needed a Forensic Psychiatrist to lead clinical trials for a pharmaceutical manufacturer. The reason they were experiencing challenges finding the right candidate is that they needed someone who had experience treating diverse groups of patients from children through the elderly. After spending several months, convincing the client that he could help them find the perfect candidate for this non-traditional job opportunity, Irv landed the contract.
During this time, Dr. S was not actively looking for a new position, but he was open to considering offers that piqued his interests. Irv utilized all of the tools at his disposal and found Dr. S. He knew right away that he had found someone who had the unique skill set that the client needed. In addition to psychiatry, the candidate needed General Practice skills to be able to determine which patients fit the criteria for the clinical trial.
Dr. S was intrigued by the uniqueness of the new opportunity. He relished the thought of utilizing more of his medical skills and training and also working in a more traditional office setting. When Irv presented Dr. S to the client after only a 30-day search, they were excited about his background, training, and accomplishments. They ultimately brought him onboard with a plan to train him for the role of lead investigator.
“It is very rewarding for me to help bring these drugs to the market,” Dr. S explained. “It gives me a sense of accomplishment, and it is also nice to be able to provide the clinical trial patients with free healthcare.”
This scenario serves as a prime example of why working with a trusted recruiter can be so beneficial to a physician looking for their own perfect career opportunity. In the case of Dr. S, he may not have ever known about the opportunity, nor even know that a position existed that would allow him to combine his General Practice skills with his Forensic Psychiatry background. For both client and candidate, this was a “win-win” for all involved.
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