PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 2018

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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PracticeLink.com S PRIN g 2018 43 the J ob S earch issue work-life balance? You can get a sense of the workplace dynamic from your interactions and observations throughout the interview process. If prospective colleagues are genuinely content, you'll feel, see and hear it. You can ask a few questions to help assess the environment. For starters, why is the practice hiring? Longevity speaks volumes about the practice leadership, as does high turnover. "Sometimes physicians are blinded by the things that look good," says Wanda Parker of The HealthField Alliance in Danbury, Connecticut. "But why have six people, for instance, left this practice? There could be some red flags." You should also ask about workload and policies. How much time will you be spending at the office, and will you have enough time left over to enjoy your personal life? Is it a democratic environment where everyone has a say, or is the decision making top-down? And what about the management style? Whatever the case, you want to know that the structures and environment will suit you. Michael Antolini, D. o ., asked these sorts of questions before accepting an offer for a family practice position with Access Health in Lochgelly, West Virginia. Lochgelly is near Beckley, where A ntolini had completed medica l school rotations a nd had family. Antolini enjoyed the practice's collegial atmosphere, and he had met several of its physicians during his rotations. "It's always been nice to walk down the hall and bounce ideas off of people who you know and trust because they taught you what you know," he says. "I now participate in training other residents the same way." Parin Patel, M.D., is targeting her job search by looking for an academic or hospital setting. She's now a fourth-year obstetrics Tips and tricks for a better job search No matter what your specialty, following these pointers can help you simplify your job search and make your decision easier. Be honest with yourself Identifying your personal strengths is essential for your cover letter, CV and interview. And believe it or not, admitting your weaknesses can also be useful. "Physicians really need to take a hard look at what skills they're going to need or even sharpen and improve," Born says. If you can identify areas for growth, you'll demonstrate an eagerness to improve, and you'll find a better fit for your talents. Don't be afraid to ask family members, friends, peers and even program attendings for their assessment. Think broadly Streicher advises physicians not to accept a job just for personal connections. After all, what happens if you join a practice because you want to work with specific providers and they leave? Ideally, something about the practice would keep you invested even after a major staffing change. Keep your options open It's good to know your must-haves, but don't be too insistent on finding a specific type of facility, equipment or patient base. If you're flexible, you may find an opportunity that's an even better fit. For example, Parker says, "If you're limiting yourself to a specific location, you may be giving up a great practice 20 minutes away that you don't even know about because you have your mind set on that one place." Ask about the practice's plans Learn as much as possible about the organization's plans to make sure they jive with your own. For instance, if the practice is acquired, you may have to negotiate a new contract, and your career trajectory may change. It's always better to be informed than caught off guard. Demonstrate your worth After you accept an offer and start work, show your commitment by helping to grow your patient base and contributing to the bottom line. "Many physicians coming out of training think all they have to do is show up," says Martin Osinski of Nephrology USA in Palmetto Bay, Florida. "But you really have to go above and beyond what's needed to show the people you're joining that there's value in having you there." The most important questions you ask throughout the process may be the ones that you ask yourself.

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