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Summer 2017

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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features 48  S u MM e R 2017 PracticeLink.com Surgeons confirms this trend, reporting in 2008 that, though the u .S. population had increased by 20 percent in the previous 15 years, the number of practicing neurosurgeons had remained static over the same period. The result of such a shortage, says Sharma, is that neurosurgery residents receive about three offers each. Some of those interviews and resulting offers may be in locations you hadn't initially considered — and that's o K. The differences you encounter among areas and organizations can enrich your options or confirm your initial vision. LEARN HOW TO JUGGLE There's no question that physicians are in high demand. As a result, you may find yourself fielding inquiries from recruiters and hospital systems before you've done much evaluation of your career priorities and goals. Sharma reports having received an average of one or two emails per day listing positions available in neurosurgery. Bailey, too, received plenty of information on available jobs. The information you're sent will vary from personalized, detailed inquiries to brochure-like information. Much of the initial contact depends on the recruiter's style, the organization's approach, the confidentiality of the search, the urgency of the need, and other factors. After you've responded with interest, you may be invited to submit your CV if you haven't already. A screening call is generally next, during which the recruiter continues to assess your fit and qualifications. If all goes well, more phone discussions or an invitation for a site visit may follow. If sitting back and waiting for news of an opening in the city you want seems too reactive, be direct and go on the offensive — it can work. One of Sharma's friends decided to be proactive about his job search to increase the odds of landing a position in his hometown. Instead of sifting through incoming emails p Regina Bailey, M.D., J.D., found a good work/life balance by being open about her desire for a role with good backup and flexible hours. · Photo by Pixel Studio See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink

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