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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 For more information, contact Mike Doyle, Director of Business Development (508) 973-2760 providerrecruitment@southcoast.org More than medicine. Southcoast Health is one of the largest and fastest growing health systems in New England. Since its inception in 1996, Southcoast has become a sought-after destination for health care professionals. As a thriving part of the New England medical community, Southcoast Health offers practice excellence in an environment you want to call home. Southcoast Health is backboned by the Southcoast Physicians Group which has grown to 400+ providers, and we're still growing. This integrated multi-specialty group spans our three hospitals in Southeastern Massachusetts and extends into parts of Rhode Island. We strive to recognize each community's identity while sharing one mission: To care for and improve the health and to promote the wellness of the individuals and communities we serve. We currently have openings in Dermatology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Thoracic Surgery, Urgent Care, Pediatric Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology. 52  S u MM e R 2017 PracticeLink.com search. "Don't burn any bridges," he underscores. A fter the second visit, many physicians are offered a contract. Park recommends responding right away if you receive a preliminary term sheet. After several months of conversations, on-site visits and discussions, both parties should have a good sense of whether there is a match, and making a decision should not take several more months, says Gordon. TIMING IS EVERYTHING A lthough it can take weeks or months to get an offer, once you receive a contract, the hospital or practice will expect a decision within about a week. "They want an answer quickly," says Gordon. As they've been carefully vetting you, you've been vetting them and must be interested in being employed there. Once you receive an offer, the decision to accept should be fairly easy — at least that's the hospital's assu mption. Some physicians think that they can take their time deciding because the practice took so long to make their decision, but that's not the case. "You have to be ready to move quickly at the end," Gordon says. By the time they've extended an offer, they assume you're as excited about working there as they are about hiring you. W hen you've narrowed you r choices to the top two or three, it's important to let the other practices know when you've received an offer. That gives them the opportunity to expedite their decision-making and potentially make an offer as well. Some hospitals, however, can't move as quickly, Gordon points out, and you may have to decide between accepting an offer in-hand and waiting for an offer that may never come. "You need to understand that, until you get a contract or a signed offer letter, it's still just an opportunity, which could get derailed," he warns. It's not concrete until you get that offer. Given the amount of time required to secure a medical license and credentialing in other states, Park recommends that physicians start their searches

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