Meet: Terri Houchen, Physician Recruiter
Employer: The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas
Why did you choose to become a physician recruiter? My education is in physical therapy, so I have always had a calling to be part of the healthcare arena. For the last 10 years, I have been in executive leadership recruiting for hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. I enjoy helping organizations find professionals to enhance their leadership teams.
Due to the long-standing, highly regarded reputation of The University of Kansas Health System as a national leader in academic medicine, I jumped at the chance to be part of the organization when an opportunity arose.
What’s your favorite part of recruiting physicians? My favorite part of my role would be the opportunity to meet so many different people who all have a passion for healthcare.
I enjoy talking about my organization and community and getting others excited to be part of our team. Having a role in the process to bring top talent to our city is an important job that I am very proud of holding.
What’s your best piece of advice for physicians in their job search? As a newcomer to the physician recruiting field, I’ve found that it is important for physicians to always stay networked with both physician recruiters and physicians in their field.
In addition, using multiple media avenues to find the right opportunity is critical. With the rise of online advertising venues and social media and the trend away from paper advertisements, I believe physicians need to be able and willing to network and search for opportunities online.
What can physicians look forward to in your community? Our community is filled with friendly people who truly appreciate the health care providers who take care of our family and friends. Kansas City is a tight-knit community who welcomes and supports those from all over the country and world. We are a big city with a small community feel. I was born and raised in this city and have traveled widely, but I still think this is one of the best places in the country!