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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22 S PRIN g 2018 ▼ T HE J OB S E A r CH ISSUE D E P A R T M E N T S Career Move Physician app cofounder Jason Reminick, M.D., saw a need — and decided to fix it through technology. Name: Jason Reminick, M.D., MBA, MS Employer: C eo and cofounder, Thalamus Education: Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania Postgraduate: University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine & Dentistry, Simon Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA) Internship/Residency: Combined Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Residency Program, Stanford University Medical Center; Stanford Children's Health-Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Reminick developed the idea for Thalamus ( after getting stuck in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. After several of his residency interviews got cancelled, he returned to his medical school and brainstormed with his mentor, now Thalamus cofounder, Suzanne Karan, M.D. Thalamus is the premiere cloud-based interview management platform designed specifically for application to graduate medical education training programs. The software was established by a grassroots collaboration of medical students, residents, fellows, program administrators and GME leadership to provide comprehensive online interview reservation and travel experience via a real-time scheduling system. Thalamus assists over 25,000 applicants and schedules more than 50,000 interviews at over 100 institutions nationally for all medical specialties. What do you enjoy most about your role? To be clear, I'm not an engineer or coder, but lead our app and product development. What I most enjoy is the fact that we experienced a problem firsthand and then, along with my cofounder, built the solution into our product to best manage and streamline the residency and fellowship interview scheduling process. It went from an idea to a successful app solving problems for both medical students and administrators. We're really proud of that, and hopefully it's making the process easier for all involved. What's the most challenging part? I enjoy this a great deal, but remain frustrated by the amount of anxiety that exists on both sides of the interview scheduling process. We are trying to figure out ways to allay that because applicants are applying to more programs than needed, further increasing their application costs. Similarly, programs continue to over recruit the amount of applicants, inviting more applicants than they have available interview positions. All are trying to protect themselves, and yet it's adding even more anxiety and noise to the process. We are continuing to explore analytic solutions to allay these concerns. What's your advice to other physicians with an idea? I think the most important thing is to keep an open mind and be creative. Continue to learn by reading blogs and online publications. Also, connect with people M arc I a T ra V e LST ea D

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