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A Physician’s Journey to Finding the Right Job

Posted on:
October 10, 2014
Author:
Danielle Smith

A Physician’s Perspective: Finding the Right Job

After five years of a Chemical Engineering undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, three years of Internal Medicine Residency, and three more years of Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship.  I had finally arrived.  I had crossed the hurdle and the promise of a bright future lay ahead.  Now I could use all the skills I had learned to serve others.  All I needed was a job.  How hard could that really be?

This was my first mistake; underestimating the challenges of landing the right job.  I had come across many opportunities during my medical educational career promising a bright future.  My attendings had offered me a job in their practice with opportunities to become a partner.  I had received many recruiter phone calls, and regularly got bombarded with emails and paper mail.  In fact as I check my email today, I already have five perfect job offers promising a better salary than the job I currently have today.  Not to mention more community activities and a better call schedule.

So how did I land the right job?  Patience, research, and a little luck. I learned very quickly if I wanted to find the right job for me I had to do my due diligence. It was up to me to compare all my options. Not the one or two options traditionally available. I found it uncomfortable to discuss money, call-schedule, time-off and personal needs with my Attendings. I knew any requests I had would directly take away from them. One more weekend for my family would mean one less weekend for them to share with their families.  Using a third party recruiter did not appeal to me as I knew they received a substantial placement fee.  The substantial fee if not a factor, might result in a higher salary or a sign-on bonus for me. I even entertained the many physician recruiting websites.  After all, it made sense. Compare all the possible job opportunities available and contact the ones I was interested in. I learned quickly this was not the way the process worked.  As soon as I posted my CV, I was at the end of countless phone calls, emails, and unsolicited mail.  It was a fiasco!

I decided to take control of my destiny and contacted several healthcare systems.  I began discussions with several healthcare systems and eventually narrowed it to a healthcare system that met my needs.  Although not the highest salary, or the best call schedule possible it was the right job for me.  I am fortunate to provide excellent care for a great community and know I make a positive impact in many people’s lives.  It is a great fit for me and my family and I hope I am not one of the growing statistics of physicians leaving their first jobs in 2.4 years for better pastures.

My recommendation to any physician looking for the right job is to do their due diligence.  It starts off with a great curriculum vitae and approach the healthcare systems and physician groups independently.  If this is too labor intensive then use a free resource, like leapdoctor.com that makes it easy to develop a curriculum vitae and locate all the job opportunities available nationwide to you.  You are at the driver’s seat, allowing only healthcare employers that fit your particular needs to contact you directly.  The way it should have always been.

 

 

is a Board Certified Pulmonologist and Critical Care physician. In his current position he provides multidisciplinary patient care and education in the Medical, Surgical, Trauma, and Neuro-Intensive Care Units. Alongside a rewarding career in providing the best patient care possible at the bedside, he has a relentless passion for creating innovative solutions to deliver the exceptional patient care for tomorrow. He is also the Founder of leapdoctor.com and currently provides expert consulting to leapdoctor.com’s executive team.

 

 

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A Physician’s Perspective: Finding the Right Job

Posted on:
October 10, 2014
Author:
Danielle Smith

After five years of a Chemical Engineering undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, three years of Internal Medicine Residency, and three more years of Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship.  I had finally arrived.  I had crossed the hurdle and the promise of a bright future lay ahead.  Now I could use all the skills I had learned to serve others.  All I needed was a job.  How hard could that really be?

This was my first mistake; underestimating the challenges of landing the right job.  I had come across many opportunities during my medical educational career promising a bright future.  My attendings had offered me a job in their practice with opportunities to become a partner.  I had received many recruiter phone calls, and regularly got bombarded with emails and paper mail.  In fact as I check my email today, I already have five perfect job offers promising a better salary than the job I currently have today.  Not to mention more community activities and a better call schedule.

So how did I land the right job?  Patience, research, and a little luck. I learned very quickly if I wanted to find the right job for me I had to do my due diligence. It was up to me to compare all my options. Not the one or two options traditionally available. I found it uncomfortable to discuss money, call-schedule, time-off and personal needs with my Attendings. I knew any requests I had would directly take away from them. One more weekend for my family would mean one less weekend for them to share with their families.  Using a third party recruiter did not appeal to me as I knew they received a substantial placement fee.  The substantial fee if not a factor, might result in a higher salary or a sign-on bonus for me. I even entertained the many physician recruiting websites.  After all, it made sense. Compare all the possible job opportunities available and contact the ones I was interested in. I learned quickly this was not the way the process worked.  As soon as I posted my CV, I was at the end of countless phone calls, emails, and unsolicited mail.  It was a fiasco!

I decided to take control of my destiny and contacted several healthcare systems.  I began discussions with several healthcare systems and eventually narrowed it to a healthcare system that met my needs.  Although not the highest salary, or the best call schedule possible it was the right job for me.  I am fortunate to provide excellent care for a great community and know I make a positive impact in many people’s lives.  It is a great fit for me and my family and I hope I am not one of the growing statistics of physicians leaving their first jobs in 2.4 years for better pastures.

My recommendation to any physician looking for the right job is to do their due diligence.  It starts off with a great curriculum vitae and approach the healthcare systems and physician groups independently.  If this is too labor intensive then use a free resource, like leapdoctor.com that makes it easy to develop a curriculum vitae and locate all the job opportunities available nationwide to you.  You are at the driver’s seat, allowing only healthcare employers that fit your particular needs to contact you directly.  The way it should have always been.

 

 

is a Board Certified Pulmonologist and Critical Care physician. In his current position he provides multidisciplinary patient care and education in the Medical, Surgical, Trauma, and Neuro-Intensive Care Units. Alongside a rewarding career in providing the best patient care possible at the bedside, he has a relentless passion for creating innovative solutions to deliver the exceptional patient care for tomorrow. He is also the Founder of leapdoctor.com and currently provides expert consulting to leapdoctor.com’s executive team.

 

 

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Happy National PA Week!

Posted on:
October 8, 2014
Author:
Danielle Smith

This week is National Physician Assistants Week! Every year from October 6-12, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recognizes the value of PAs by holding National PA Week. There are over 100,000 clinically practicing PAs and this week we want to recognize and thank them for all they do.

The AAPA has put together a list of different ways you can celebrate National PA Week, including hanging up posters and using the hashtag #PAWeek on social media. You can find the complete list on their website.

What are you planning to do to celebrate PA week? We want to hear your ideas in the comments section. Thank you for reading and Happy PA Week!

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Off to Columbus for the ONPR Fall Conference

Posted on:
October 1, 2014
Author:
Danielle Smith

Ronit with a Physician Recruiter at last year's ONPR Fall Conference

Tomorrow we are heading to the 2014 ONPR Fall Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is being held at the Hilton at Easton and will kick off tomorrow evening at 6 pm with the Welcome Reception and Social. Shortly after, Marjorie Creagh, the Manager of Physician Recruitment at Lake Health, will be presenting “Lean Recruitment”, the opening act for the “Non-Specific Hospital” Improv Show which stars the Cloak & Dagger Dinner Theatre Company. And that’s just the first night!

Friday is full of great topics presented by some of the biggest names in healthcare recruiting. And while those sessions are in place you can find Clint holding down fort at the leapdoctor.com booth. We look forward to attending this great event once again and speaking with old and new friends alike.

Thank you for reading and make sure you stop by and visit our booth at the 2014 ONPR Fall Conference!

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Schedule a Demo of Our New Website Today!

Posted on:
September 24, 2014
Author:
Danielle Smith

As you may have heard, we will be debuting our new website next month. The website will have a brand new look and will also introduce new services. We want to get you acquainted with the new site and allow you to familiarize yourself with the new features, which is why we are offering $25 to anyone who signs up for our 25-minute website demo… we call it our $25 for 25! This $25 can be given in the form of a gift card or a donation to the charity or cause of your choice. Schedule your free demo today by emailing cswope@leapdoctor.com, calling us at (855) 999-5327, or by leaving a comment below or on one of our social networks. Thank you for reading and we look forward to speaking with you during a demo!

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