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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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features 66 S UMMER 2019 PracticeLink.com Sentara Medical Group Innovation. Transformation. Quality. We Improve Health Every Day Sentara Medical Group, a division of the not-for-profit Sentara Healthcare, brings together more than 1,100 providers across Virginia and North Carolina. We are recognized as one of the nation's top integrated and progressive healthcare systems. Come share in our mission to improve health every day and help cultivate our vision to be the healthcare choice of the communities we serve. Sentara is dedicated to people, quality, patient safety, service and integrity. Benefits include: -Competitive compensation -Generous CME -Employer paid retirement options 403b with company match Pension plan -Flexible schedules Please contact Holli McConnell, Physician Recruitment Manager at hdmcconn@sentara.com or visit sentara.com. says. "The reality is we're a college town that services six counties, so in-person visits can really give physicians and their families a clearer picture of what it's like to live here and what the community has to offer." Hedrick and other recruiters reg u la rly recom mend rea ltors who ca n of fer physicia ns and their families tours of homes and neighborhoods. In addition, these local experts can provide information on public and private schools, safe neighborhoods, transportation options and more. Realizing that relocation affects t he ent i re fa m i ly, physic i a n recruiters often work to make relocation easier for everyone by sharing what it's like to live in the area and connect them with local resources. Brittany Kulp, senior medical staff recruiter at Tower Health in Allentown, Pennsylvania, says she frequently introduces a candidate's spouse to the spouses of other physicians du ring a site visit. Families who have lived in the area for a longer period of time can answer questions about things to do in the city, schools, clubs, churches, and serve as familiar faces to those who are moving to a new area. "Someti mes we'l l treat the physician and their family to a day at a local zoo or museum so they can experience the area firsthand," Kulp says. "It's important to get the entire family's buy-in and make sure everyone is happy in order to make the transition easier." Kulp recommends allowing time to tour neighborhoods and explore the community while on a site visit, especially if it's an area you've never visited before. Research the city where you will be working to determine if you can see yourself and your family living there. Budget for your move Once she accepted a job offer to move to t he West Coa st, Cheung began conducting price comparisons to determine whether it would be more cost effective to move her belongings, such as furniture, across the country or to buy new furniture in California. And though she didn't need a car in Boston, she knew she would need one to navigate the Bay Area. "I spent a lot of time figuring out whether I wanted to lease a new car or purchase an older car," she says. "And since I accrued a lot of items between college, working and medical school, I used apps like LetGo to sell my belongings in order to save on costs." With the average California home selling for more than $593,000, Cheung turned her sights to renting and found a nother resident who was familiar with the area and was also looking for a place to rent. "Buying wasn't possible with either of our budgets," Cheung says. " For t u n ately, we were look i ng for si m i la r th i ngs: a relatively short commute to work, For physicians who are moving to another city or state, careful planning can serve to eliminate any potential surprises that might arise along the way.

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