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Summer 2019

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 UMMER 2019 65 the I nterv I ew issue you are a good fit with the hospital, the team and the new community. It is important to arrive prepared. Conduct background research on the hospital or medical group you are interviewing with in order to ask specific questions about your role, expectations for the job and what your schedule might look like. Aut u m n A shc ra f t, prov ider recruitment manager for Borrego Health in Escondido, California, says it is important for physicians to remember that interviews are a two-way process. That means you should be prepared to not only answer questions, but also to inquire about issues such as performance expectations, goals of the institution, and how your skills can help them meet their goals. "Ask about the organizational culture and expectations such as productivity requirements," Ashcraft says. "It's important for physicians to make sure they're comfortable with their anticipated patient volu me as well as the organization's mission and vision." A s h c r a f t s a y s i t c a n b e advantageous for a new physician to ask if it is possible to speak with another provider in the same specialty area and even shadow them for a specific period of time. She stresses that physicians should be clear about what they are looking for in a new opportunity, the colleagues they want to work with and the type of schedule they want to maintain. Additional questions may cover what electronic medical records systems and other technology are being used in the workplace in order for you to determine how steep the learning curve will be. For physicians who are not sure about what to wear to the site visit, recruiters say it is fine to ask. Considering your family's needs Hedrick encourages physicians to involve their spouses in the process by bringing them, and if appropriate, their children, on either the first or second site visit. Though family members do not sit in on the formal interview, Hedrick says it gives them a chance to tour the area and meet with a realtor. "If people are unfamiliar with Rolla, they often envision a rural area where chickens and livestock are crossing the roads," Hedrick Ann Cheung, M.D., moved from the East Coast to the West for her pediatric residency in California. See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink. PHOTO BY E&B Photography

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