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Understanding competition in your specialty

 

When looking for a job, it’s good to know what the market looks like in your specialty. Each quarter, PracticeLink pulls the most challenging specialties to recruit, and the specialties with the highest demand. The larger the "jobs per candidate," the lower the competition for those opportunities. The Most Challenging to Recruit Specialties are those with the highest demand-to-supply ratio in the PracticeLink system. The Most-In-Demand Specialties represent those that have the most jobs overall posted on PracticeLink – specialties for which the demand for physicians is hi....

 

Megan Trippi
 

Writing a compelling CV

 

Many job seekers know ’CV’ is short for ’curriculum vitae’, but did you know the Latin phrase translates in English to "the course of life"? It makes sense considering your CV’s goal is to highlight the course of your professional, educational and extracurricular experiences to help you take the next step in your career. It’s essential for your CV to be complete, well-organized and compelling to employers in order to help you land the job you want. So, here are some tips to get yours moving in the right direction: CV or resume? Before sitting down to craft y....

 

Alexandra Cappetta
 

Eight ways to create a positive digital footprint

 

I am on social media for professional purposes. While on Twitter, I often cringe when I see what is posted by medical students, residents and fellows. The cringeworthy posts sometimes start like this: “Wow, instead of giving me free items for battling the pandemic while in residency, I’d rather earn more money,” or, “Do you think I am really going to treat you like everyone else when you’re yelling at me?” This reminds me of the many times I have had to make a phone call to some millennial and Generation Z acquaintances and advise them to unlike a post or de....

 

Michele Gutermuth
 

Creative ideas for celebrating Match Day 2021 in a virtual world

 

Match Day and graduation embody the culmination of four years of medical school. The former provides insight into the institutions where individuals will complete their residency training. The latter earns medical students the title of doctor. Both exist as significant rites of passage for soon-to-be physicians. Like most milestone achievements during the pandemic, adjustments were necessary to accommodate social distancing and the virtual world. Indeed, Match Day 2020 (March 20, 2020) was one of the first critical events disrupted in Graduate Medical Education (GME). Medical schools were forc....

 

Jason Reminick
 

Four factors to consider before your next medical mission

 

There are many reasons physicians choose to take on service activities in addition to their time spent practicing. Some do so for the experience, to add variation to their schedules, to step outside of their comfort zone or just for the sake of making a difference. Taking on extra projects, aiding communities in need and pursuing medical missions can be extremely rewarding but - whatever your motivation - you will want to consider these aspects before making a commitment:   Your bandwidth One of the most important - and first - things to consider before jumping into another oppor....

 

Alexandra Cappetta
 

Seven ways COVID-19 has improved the physician job search

 

There have been a lot of posts about how COVID-19 has forever changed the way physicians are recruited. I would agree with most of these articles, but here are some things you can do to make these changes better.   To make sure you have face-to-face interaction, try to go to as many functions as the current situation allows. Whenever things do get better, and they will, don’t forget to do this. Make a goal and place it in your calendar. Show up to a breakfast grab and go. Come to a lunch and learn. Volunteer on an advisory committee if you are asked. All these things will help you g....

 

Michele Gutermuth
 

Understanding salary vs. total compensation

 

You’re looking for jobs, interviewing and starting to receive offers, but how do you know which provides the best value for you? To understand your offer, it’s important to know all the aspects of the contract, especially how it will impact your earning potential. Compensation is a large factor when accepting an offer, especially if it’s your first position. Overall compensation can vary based on salary, shares, productivity bonuses, RVUs (relative value units used in reimbursement formulas for physician services), benefits and expenses. Your salary is the base level of pay y....

 

Megan Trippi
 

How a hobby helps with wellness

 

Before you became a physician - and as a physician - you’re a person with many interests, goals and ideas. It would be narrow-minded to think every health care worker’s sole passion is practicing medicine. While that may be a large one, it’s likely you have other dreams you’ve thought about pursuing. The good news is that it’s not just possible, but ideal, for your personal and professional life to engage with hobbies or interests that aren’t exclusive to your time spent practicing. Nurturing these types of hobbies offer some distance from work life and ....

 

Alexandra Cappetta
 

Healthy habits make healthy providers

 

Did you ever think your patients could benefit from you following the same advice you offer them? Exercise and a healthy diet are only the tip of the wellness iceberg but, as a physician or advanced practice provider, you know these small decisions add up to a big difference. When you reflect on your own habits, ask yourself if you’re taking proper steps to be your best self - both physically and mentally. Here are some reminders of how your diet and physical activity can directly impact your performance as a health care professional: Increased energy and alertness As you make rounds, ....

 

Alexandra Cappetta
 

Five aspects to consider when you have multiple offers

 

When a bride picks out her wedding dress, she stops shopping, and so should you once you find the ideal practice opportunity! Here are five factors to help you identify the right choice when considering multiple offers: Did you make a verbal or written commitment? Once you have made a final decision on a job opportunity, stop answering calls from recruiters and stop going on job board websites. Do not tempt yourself. This will only make you doubt your decision, which was a great decision at one point, and it will possibly put you in a place where you will burn a bridge that can last a lifetim....

 

Michele Gutermuth
 

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