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who'd likely end up in a metro- politan practice after graduating from residency in 2011. Even so, he wishes that he had extended his potential options to a few rural op- portunities—if for no other reason than comparison. Instead, Millett added Boston and Philadelphia to a list of possible locations when Washington, D.C., didn't yield enough choices initially. Later he'd circle back, eventually f nding a great opportunity with The Derma- tology Center, a Germantown and Bethesda, Maryland-based practice with an off ce in D.C. But at least he had broadened his market by looking elsewhere. "You have to expand your search," he says, "if things aren't popping up exactly the way you'd like." Once you've spotlighted a place, don't be shy in nailing down the business particulars of your search. Your life will be less stressed if you can muster questions such as "How much time does hiring usually take?" "What people or commit- tees are involved?" "What can I expect going forward?" Clarify the reimbursement policy for site visits while you're at it to save yourself a surprise in the end. Joaquin J. Garcia, M.D., would be much more inquisitive today about the hiring process than he was when he f rst joined Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic in 2009 as a surgical molecular pa- thologist. Granted, his offer came within days of interviewing for the job. But since employers can't always pounce on plum candidates quickly, it's worth your peace of mind to know the next steps. Now as Mayo Clinic's vice president of recruitment, as well as assistant professor and vice chairman of labo- ratories and medical director of the histology laboratory, Garcia notes: "People often feel they should know within a month if they're getting the job. But by understanding the timeline and the layers of scrutiny, you can take a little pressure off yourself. You're freed up to look at other opportunities." Site visits: Make them count A Skype or phone interview can help you decide if you want to pursue an opportunity in earnest. A site visit, however, yields the kind of nuanced information about space, technology and coworkers best acquired face to face. Yet what did physicians who've navigated this terrain before miss that you should target during your visit? Besides physically touring as many places in the community as possible, job-search veterans say they wish they had focused less on the physical plant and more on the people. Yes, it's important to scope out infrastructures and layouts. You want to know if the technology to support your specialty exists and, if not, how you get it. But meeting, talking to and getting a sense of your potential coworkers is value- added information you shouldn't let pass. Rajneet Lamba, M.D., found the standard meet-and-greet visits in- formative and pleasant in 2009 as he identif ed his position as hospitalist/ assistant site director for Tacoma, Washington-based St. Joseph Medi- cal Center. Yet shadowing other physicians could have demonstrated how they collaborate and navigate key technology, such as EMR. "It would really have given me insight into what day-to-day practice might be like," he says. RELATED: The nuts and bolts of a site visit Indeed you'll likely need to do more than swoop in for a few hours with the hiring physicians. Even if the partners come across as trust- worthy, you should meet the other doctors just to see whom you might turn to for a second opinion or help in building your skills. Also, by being in the environment, you get a sense of the environment. If all hands are still on deck long after their shift has ended or staffers seem edgy with each other and cool to patients, it may not be the most productive place to work. Then again, your fact-f nding could reveal people committed to good medicine and quality of life balance. When Lena B. Palmer, M.D., MSCR interviewed at Loyola University-Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2011, she made sure during her site visit that she had identif ed the support mechanisms related to her academic tasks. She What I wish I'd known Continued from previous page 56 | SUMMER 2014 "In the middle of the night, whether or not you have a shiny fl oor in the OR isn't as important as having a nurse who's happy to be there, pulling your instruments," Buckley says. "That was kind of lost on me in the beginning. But now I understand that it's very important." Continued on page 58 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 5 6 243-Sum14.indd 56 6 / 1 2 / 1 4 5 : 5 7 P M 6/12/14 5:57 PM

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