Category: Physician Recruitment

How Physicians Find Jobs Today

By Kay Wysong, CMSR
Director of Physician Recruitment for Primary Care
Methodist Health System

In the ever-changing field of health care, physician roles have been evolving over the last few decades. The change begins with how physicians find jobs today, what’s important to them, and how they’re using technology in the communication process.

Physicians, like most of society, are increasingly connected and interacting via social media. Finding a way to effectively tap into the online world of physician recruiting is the key.

Thirty years ago, the most common way to reach residents and physicians looking to
make a change was through print media. I put many ads in journals and then waited for physicians to send me their curriculum vitae (CV). At Methodist Health System, we sponsored exhibits at physician meetings, put up displays, and handed out brochures.
This multi-pronged approach was effective because the loyalty factor was high. Generally, once physician recruits signed on the dotted line, they seldom left their practice or made
a move.

Today, quality of personal life is becoming just as important as quality of professional life to physicians, new and veteran. Physicians are much more mobile and willing to relocate for a position that offers that ideal mix. That’s why it’s important for residents to first assess what is important to them, personally and professionally, before they begin their search.

At Methodist, we visit professional organizations and conferences to connect with residents and physicians who want to make a change. Here are five tips physicians may want to consider as they prepare for the next chapter in their career:

  • Geographic area. Where do you want to live? Which state? Do you want to live in a large city or in a suburban or rural area? Do you want to live and work in the same area or commute? If you are married, what about your spouse’s wishes?
  • Type of practice. Which type of practice do you want — a single specialty practice, a large group employed practice, or a private practice where you might have the opportunity to become a partner?
  • Case mix. Which kind of case mix would you like to see? Do you want to work with the full spectrum of care, from pediatrics to geriatrics?
  • Compensation. Remember, it will take time to reach the optimum level of compensation. Be patient. Consider the future potential.
  • Culture. As you start meeting with practices, think about the culture you’re looking for. Do you feel comfortable with the practice? Do you feel you have been welcomed? Is it a supportive environment?

Next, you’ll need to get your CV ready. Then start networking with others such as attending physicians in the area, hospital administrators, faculty members, and colleagues. That’s where the Internet and social media enter the picture. Visit online job banks such as practicelink.com, practicematch.com, and healthecareers.com. In addition, physicians are increasingly using Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with others.

AMN Healthcare, parent company of Merritt Hawkins, a leading physician recruitment firm, conducted its 2011 Social Media Survey to discover how health care professionals (nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and allied health care professionals) are taking advantage of social media to further their careers. Today, nearly one in three of all clinicians surveyed said they used social media sites for searching, which is up 10 percent since 2010. When it comes to networking, health care professionals have increased their use of social networking platforms (48 percent) to further their professional networking activities,
up 11 percent year over year. Facebook continues to be the top social media site for professional networking.

Methodist is changing too, and today we are more connected with physicians through LinkedIn, Facebook, and blogs than ever before. As one of Texas’ leading teaching and referral centers, Methodist has a medical staff of more than 900 physicians representing over 60 specialties. With a growing organization of four hospitals –- Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton, Methodist Mansfield, and Methodist Richardson Medical Centers — our practitioners see the spectrum of patients and disease conditions that you would expect in a large metropolitan area. But we’re still small enough that you feel you are part of a family.

If you’re ready to consider integrating your primary care practice into Methodist Health System, contact Kay Wysong at kaywysong@mhd.com. Or, for medical and surgical specialists, contact Susan Hellman at susanhellman@mhd.com or visit Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org. We look forward to exploring these opportunities together.

 

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The Changing Roles of Physicians

By Kay Wysong, CMSR
Director of Physician Recruitment
for Primary Care
Methodist Health System

Everyone’s talking about how health care is changing. While it’s true that all stakeholders are being impacted, physicians are in the eye of the storm. With more than 27 years of experience in recruiting physicians, I view these changes from a slightly different perspective — through the eyes of the physician.

While recruiting physicians has always been a challenge, the task has become much more competitive over the past few years. There are several reasons for this. First, health care reform is shifting the focus from treating illness to promoting wellness. Critical to this model is the primary care physician, family practitioner, or internist who coordinates every aspect of his or her patient’s care with the goal of maintaining the individual’s optimum state of well-being. While the care model is sound, the reality is that the pool of primary care physicians has shrunk over the years. This is mostly due to the payment model that has encouraged providing more care and performing more tests. In this model, specialists have flourished, leaving few incentives for medical school graduates to choose primary care as their career.

The second trend that has been encouraged by health care reform is the move away from sole practitioners to large multispecialty group practices. In addition, new physicians are coming into the field with a different set of expectations than their predecessors. Quality of personal life is becoming just as important as quality of professional life. Stability, predictability, and fewer work demands are the new paradigm that medical school graduates are bringing to the table when recruiters are wooing them to consider joining their medical staffs. This translates to higher rates of hospital or health system employment of physicians.

The days of physicians joining a hospital medical staff and staying until they retire are over. They have become much more mobile, according to a survey by Cejka Search, Inc. and the American Medical Group Association. Nearly half leave their jobs within three years and almost two-thirds leave within five years. Why? Four in 10 say they leave because of poor cultural fit and practice difference, 20 percent leave because of location, 20 percent because of compensation issues, and 10 percent leave due to spouse issues or broken promises. For a physician recruiter, this means one thing: Physician loyalty is pretty much a thing of the past.

But for Methodist Health System, there is good news when you look at the data above. We have been successful in our recruitment efforts for several key reasons:

  • Methodist has an excellent reputation for top-down support of physicians that has resulted in a highly satisfied medical staff, and it is known for serving the community in ways that appeal to physicians.
  • Methodist proactively participates in providing learning opportunities for physicians thanks to medical residencies in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and general surgery.
  • Methodist is a strategic, growing organization. In fact, Methodist has doubled its size in the last five years. Because we carefully select the markets where we place hospitals and clinics, physicians are afforded the opportunity to develop a larger share of market more quickly, growing their patient base and stabilizing their practices.

In my next blog, I’ll tell you how the process of physician recruitment has changed over the years and how social media and online channels are playing a much more significant role in attracting physicians to Methodist.

If you’re ready to consider integrating your primary care practice into Methodist
Health System, contact Kay Wysong at kaywysong@mhd.com. Or, for  medical and surgical specialists, contact Susan Hellman at susanhellman@mhd.com, or visit Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org. We look forward to exploring these
opportunities together.

©Methodist Health System

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