Meet: KC Fleming, medical staff recruiter
Employer: Great River Health Systems in West Burlington, Iowa
Why did you choose to become a physician recruiter? I actually saw an ad in our local newspaper that jumped out at me. It said: “Looking for someone with sales experience, an understanding of the healthcare business environment and knows our region well.”
At the time, I was in pharmaceutical sales, and this seemed to be the perfect fit and a great transition to what I was looking for! I saw the ad on a Saturday and was out at GRHS Monday morning with my resume. That was 7 years ago.
What’s your favorite part of recruiting physicians? It’s a combination of helping physicians and their families find a job they love and a community they can call home, and also doing my small part in making sure our region has world-class health care available.
I’ve also received a few calls, notes and emails over the years thanking me for bringing in a particular physician. That is pretty rewarding.
What’s your best piece of advice for physicians in their job search? Ask lots of questions and then a few more questions. I would also encourage them to take some time on their own to talk to people in the community to get a feel for the hospital/clinic/health system as well as the community itself. You can’t always find everything on Google!
What can physicians look forward to in your community? I’d say the people. From the staff to the administration to the patients themselves… they all make GRHS a great place to work.