CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY
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Accredited Cardiology of Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Baystate Health System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Calvert Memorial Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Carolinas Healthcare System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover
Cedar Valley Medical Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Central California Faculty Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Central Maine Medical Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Chester County Cardiology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
The Doctor Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Harbin Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Hillsdale Community Health Center (Source One). . . . . . . . . . 5
Huntington Internal Medicine Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Masthead
The Medical Center of Central Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,6
Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover
Pacific Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Providence Health System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover
Rockwood Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Saint Vincent Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Select, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Talbert Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Tanner Health System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Phoebe Putney Health Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
The Physicians Survival Guide to the Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . .13
How to Select the Right Practice Opportunity . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Hints for Graduating Residents in Finding
an Ideal First Job and Prospering at It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Finding the Perfect Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Bum References - Job Seeking Physicians Beware . . . . . . . . 15
Life After Residency? The Money Factor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
NON - INVASIVE INVASIVE
INTERVENTIONAL ADULT CONGENITAL
HEART FAILURE & TRANSPLANT
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1800 Harrison Street, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
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ACCREDITED CARDIOLOGY OF ARIZONA
Accredited Cardiology, PLLC is an expanding two-physician, six-provider cardiology
practice. Established in 1996, our practice offers full-service cardiovascular care. We have
ICANL and ICAEL accreditation for our nuclear cardiology and echocardiography laborato-
ries, respectively. We also provide stress and vascular diagnostic testing, as well as percuta-
neous coronary intervention and pacemaker implantation. Located in Gilbert, Arizona, the
practice is primarily outpatient based with one satellite office.
• Above average compensation
• Partnership opportunity
• Excellent financial incentives
• Attractive weekday and call schedule
• Close proximity to all 4 area medical centers with full-service electrophysiology
&, cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiovascular surgical services
As one of the most rapidly growing communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area,
Gilbert offers big-city conveniences with a small-town feel. It is located 20 minutes from Ari-
zona State University, 30 minutes from downtown Phoenix, and 3 hours from Tucson. Gilbert
residents hold one of the highest concentrations of graduate and professional degrees among
competing Western cities.
Gilbert is a short distance from beautiful mountains, panoramic lakes, multiple scenic
golf courses, the red rocks of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon. The Gilbert community boasts
one of the highest per-capita incomes in the state, and features upscale shopping venues, many
fine restaurants, cultural amenities, a low crime rate, and above-average public and private
Potential applicants email curriculum vitae to email@example.com or fax to
(480) 968-9464. For further inquiries call (480) 968-7600 extension 226 or 231.
BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER
Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine
Baystate Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology is seeking a Non-Invasive Cardiolo-
gists to join our large academic cardiology practice. The ideal candidate will be BE/BC in Car-
diovascular Diseases and have a strong interest in teaching and research. Clinical duties involve
CCU and consult service rotations in addition to TEE/TTE reading. CTA/MRA and nuclear
reading available. The candidate will also have supervisory experience with residents, fellows,
and mid-level practitioners. Protected time for research is available. Baystate Medical Center
hosts free-standing fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, and Clin-
ical Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Baystate is one of New England's largest integrated multi-institutional health care systems
and offers a coordinated continuum of hospital, physician services, and home health care serv-
ices. The campus is located in the beautiful Connecticut River valley of Western Massachu-
setts, at the foothills of the Berkshires with convenient access to coastal New England, Vermont
and metropolitan Boston and New York. The area also supports a rich network of academic
institutions including the University of Massachusetts and Amherst, Smith, Hampshire and
Mount Holyoke Colleges. The Baystate continuum includes Baystate Medical Center,
Franklin Medical Center and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. Baystate Medical Center (BMC)
is a teaching hospital, and the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine. BMC
is designated a Magnet™ hospital for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC). Baystate Health is ranked in the top 50 most highly integrated
healthcare networks in the United States.
If you would like more information, or would like to be considered for this and other oppor-
tunities, please submit your CV to: Marc J. Schweiger MD, Chief Cardiology Division, c/o John
Larson, Senior Manager of Physician Recruitment, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut
Street, S1578, Springfield, MA 01199, Phone: (413) 794-2571 Fax:(413) 794-5059, Email:
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CALVERT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Calvert County, MD
Calvert Memorial Hospital in association with community private practices see BC/BE cardi-
ologists (non-invasive or non-interventional) Hospital has a diagnostic cath lab and works col-
laboratively with nearby tertiary hospitals to ensure coordination and quality of patients' car-
diac care. Opportunities available with in multi or single specialty groups. Calvert County is a
great location to live and work. Recreational activities are plentiful on both land and on the
Chesapeake Bay. County provides excellent schools and a family friendly environment. The
county is located with in an hour's drive to activities in neighboring city of Washington DC and
within a short drive to historic Annapolis. Competitive compensation with benefits and incen-
tives being offered.
Interested physicians, please send CV with cover letter to the hospital's physician recruiter
via email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 443-432-0208.
CEDAR VALLEY MEDICAL SPECIALISTS
PROGRESSIVE PHYSICIAN OWNED MULTISPECIALTY GROUP is seeking a BE/BC
Interventional, Invasive Cardiologist to join a group of BC Cardiologists in Midwest. Two-year
guaranteed base salary leading to partnership. Outstanding compensation/benefit package. The
metropolitan area draws about 220,000 and offers an excellent school system, a State Universi-
ty, cultural and sporting opportunities.
Please call Kathy Billick at: 319-235-5390 or e-mail her at: email@example.com
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FACULTY MEDICAL GROUP
ACADEMIC CARDIOLOGY POSITIONS
The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program and Central California Faculty Medical
Group are seeking additional full-time faculty members for our expanding program. Faculty
positions sought at the assistant or associate professor level in non-invasive cardiology includ-
ing new imaging modalities, CHF and/or invasive EPS. Applicants should be board certified
or board eligible in Cardiology, have excellent clinical and procedural skills, be willing to
actively participate in medical education, and have experience and interest in clinical research.
Faculty appointment with UCSF will be commensurate with the applicant’s background and
accomplishments. The UCSF Fresno Department of Medicine Division of Cardiology is
expanding under the directorship of Dr. John Ambrose and is poised on an exciting future that
includes a new 3-year fellowship in cardiology to begin in July 2007. The program is located in
Fresno, California, a vibrant, growing, but affordable community in the Central California
Valley just a short drive from Yosemite and other national parks.
UCSF is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes
affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for underutilized minorities and
women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans. “UCSF seeks candidates whose
experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our
commitment to diversity and excellence.”
E-mail or FAX CV & 3 references to: CCFMG, Attn: Diane O’Connor, FAX: (559) 453-
5233, Diane.Oconnor@ccfmg.org. Visit our website: www.ccfmg.org and www.fresno.ucsf.edu
CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY 3
CENTRAL MAINE MEDICAL CENTER
Looking for an experienced electrophysiologist to assist with the growth of the EP Department
at Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. The interested applicant should be committed
to excellence in patient care and desire to work as part of a comprehensive team. This oppor-
tunity offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Enjoy the professional chal-
lenge offered in a sophisticated medical community along with the wonderful recreational
opportunities and quality of life in Maine.
For more information, please send CV to Babette Irwin, Central Maine Medical Center, 300
Main Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240. Fax: 207/795-5696, e-mail: Birwin@cmhc.org, or call
800/445-7431. Not a J-1 opportunity.
CHESTER COUNTY CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES
Chester County, PA
Located 30 miles west of Philadelphia, Chester County Cardiology Associates (CCCA) is a well
established and highly respected private practice of nine boarded certified cardiologists affiliated with
The Chester County Hospital, a 238-bed not-for-profit, acute care hospital which offers an array of
inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical services. The hospital’s excellent cardiac surgery program
recently established a clinical affiliation with The Cleveland Clinic. CCCA is a central and vital part
of the delivery of full service cardiovascular disease management to Chester County and they provide
significant leadership to the hospital’s cardiovascular program, which includes prevention and
prompt diagnosis of heart disease as well as angioplasty and stents, surgery and rehabilitation.
Members of CCCA include the hospital’s Chief of Cardiology, Medical Director of Cardiac
Catherization, Medical Director of Electrophysiology Services, Medical Director of Echocardiogra-
phy Services, and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. The invasive cardiologists of the group
provide diagnostic and interventional cardiology, diagnostic and interventional peripheral vascular
services, and interventional and therapeutic electrophysiology services. Located close to the hospital
this busy practice performs all non-invasive testing modalities in the office. They are supported by 3
nurse practitioners, a large nursing and clerical staff, and practice management is over seen by an
Executive Director and Director of Operations. Collegial, well trained, and strong clinically the group
enjoys excellent relations with both the medical community and the patients they serve.
To meet the needs of dynamic population growth and a rapidly expanding market, CCCA
is looking to add a BC/BE non-invasive cardiologist to their team. A successful candidate for
this position will be well trained, possess excellent technical skills and be devoted to quality and
compassionate patient care.
For more information, contact Esty Collet, Search Consultant, (410) 745-5191, (410) 745-
4244 Fax, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harbin Clinic Cardiology has practice opportunities for Interventional and Non-Invasive Cardiologists
The premier Cardiology group in NW Georgia, Harbin Clinic has 13 cardiologists on
staff including seven interventionalists, one electrophysiologist, four general cardiologists, and
one pediatric cardiologist. They service a population of 550,000. Last year the group per-
formed over 5500 caths and 1800 interventions.
Physicians have privileges at two hospitals with unlimited access to the Cath Labs at both
hospitals. Their office is equipped with two nuclear cameras, three echocardiogram machines,
Coumadin Clinic, Pacemaker Clinic, and a Level 2 Cardiac Rehab. New Cardiac Imaging Suite
with 64 slice CT scanner. Electronic Medical Records and city-wide PAC system.
Guaranteed salary with bonus potential, 2 year partnership and full benefits.
Rome, Georgia - “The small city with the best healthcare in America”
Voted the #1 small city in the southeast, Rome is within an hour of Atlanta, GA and
Chattanooga, TN. Rome offers citizens a wealth of entertainment, excellent schools and a
strong family-oriented community. Culture flourishes here, from the South's Oldest Symphony
to a thriving local community theatre. History lives here, not only in our downtown buildings
and homes, but in four very unique museums. Sports come naturally here, in our fondness for
the Rome Braves, a minor league franchise of the Atlanta Braves, championship golf courses
and youth sports teams.
Contact Sarah Boone King at (706) 378-8130 – direct line; (706) 235-3104 – fax;
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HILLSDALE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER (SOURCE ONE)
Excellent Opportunity for non-invasive or invasive cardiologist to establish solo or hospital-
employed practice in association with another cardiologist.
• Full range of non-invasive diagnostic and treatment modalities including 64-slice
CT, echocardiogram, Pacemaker insertion, Nuclear med stress tests, cardiac rehab
and cardiac blood work. Invasive procedures are performed at nearby facility.
• Call 1:2
• Excellent income guarantee or salary plus full benefits, excellent recruitment
incentives including substantial signing bonus.
• Located in south-central Michigan, Hillsdale named for the terrain, features
over 100 lakes perfect for fishing and boating. Four-season recreation offers over
15 county parks, hunting, camping, walking & biking trails, and 5 golf courses
including Hillsdale Country Club.
• Hillsdale boasts a comfortable "small-town America" ambiance and nowhere is
this more evident than in its festivals and fairs.
• Excellent private, parochial, public/charter schools plus Hillsdale College, a pri-
vate 4-year liberal arts college.
• Located just over an hour from Ann Arbor (University of Michigan), cultural
opportunities are abundant
For more information visit: www.hillsdalecounty.info and www.hchc.com For further details
contact: Michelle Spielberg at 800-547-1451 or Email: email@example.com or Fax
PACIFIC MEDICAL CENTER
Pacific Medical Centers is one of the largest, not-for-profit networks of multi-specialty clinics in
the Puget Sound area. Our medical team of over 130 primary and specialty care providers has a
proud history of providing quality medical care in an evidence-based, collaborative environment.
We are seeking an experienced board-certified, non-interventional, invasive cardiologist
with nuclear experience to join a non-interventional cardiologist in building a new practice.
Patients are admitted to Virginia Mason Medical Center, considered one of the nation's premier
hospitals. Teaching opportunities are available through affiliations with the University of
Washington and partner hospitals.
Seattle, Washington is considered the Emerald Gem of the Pacific Northwest. Sophisticat-
ed, yet charming with diverse cultures, professional sports, excellent shopping, and outstanding
schools. Enjoy outdoor recreation over four seasons, with mild temperatures and no income tax!
PMC offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package.
Please call for more details: Deborah Akins, Physician Recruiter at 888-901-1122. CV's
may be emailed to DeborahA@pacmed.org. AA/EOE www.pacificmedicalcenters.org
THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA
100% Electrophysiology Position. Macon Electrophysiology Associates is seeking a third electro-
physiologist. We practice 100% electrophysiology including atrial fibrillation ablations, ventricu-
lar tachycardia ablations, and implants of pacemakers, defibrillators and bi-ventricular devices.
We do approximately 250 ablations and 500 implants a year, with that number steadily increas-
ing. We have privileges in two local hospitals, one of which is building a Heart Center with one
floor dedicated entirely to electrophysiology with four EP labs and the latest equipment available.
The Medical Center of Central Georgia, adjacent to the practice, is Georgia’s second
largest hospital and is currently building the new Heart Center mentioned above. We have over
20 referring cardiologists and cover a 17 county area. The call is anticipated to be 1: 6. Oppor-
tunity also exists for a faculty appointment with Mercer University School of Medicine.
Exceptional compensation including a stipend for Fellows completing training as well as
complete benefits and insurances are offered. Macon is located 1 ½ hours south of Atlanta on
I-75. It is a community of 150,000 with an average age of 36. Excellent public & private
schools, a renowned Cherry Blossom Festival, professional sports teams, and outstanding
housing options make this a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
CONTACT: Teresa Unser, Resource Consulting Group, Inc., 30 Southridge Trail,
Cartersville, GA 30120. Toll free: 866-975-7399. Phone: 770-975-7399. Fax: 770-975-8838.
CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY 5
THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA
Pediatric Specialists of Montgomery, LLC.
We seek a non-invasive BC/BE Pediatric Cardiologist to join Pediatric Specialists of
Montgomery, a respected private practice in Montgomery, Alabama. The practice is 90% office
based and 10% NICU and inpatient consulting. Patients are followed from birth to college.
The practice is affiliated with two Baptist hospitals with large, well staffed NICUs. Both hos-
pitals have EMR. EMR is planned for the practice.
The practice is located in a spacious new building in a rapidly growing area near one of
the hospitals and has in-house echo and stress test, Holter and Event Monitoring capability.
Office hours are 7:30 – 4:00. Staff is in place to support two busy physicians.
Montgomery has a strong economy, low cost of living, vibrant arts community, minor
league baseball team, excellent housing choices, public magnet schools and excellent private
schools, and multiple colleges including Auburn University Montgomery.
The ideal candidate will be committed to practicing quality community medicine, have excel-
lent relationship skills, a strong work ethic, and a collegial attitude toward physicians, office and hos-
pital staff. He/she will be interested in becoming an integral part of this dynamic growing communi-
ty. Interest in Fetal Echoes or TEE will be a plus. Excellent compensation & benefits are offered.
Contact: Teresa Unser, Resource Consulting Group, Inc., 30 Southridge Trail, Cartersville,
GA 30120. Toll free: 866-975-7399. Phone: 770-975-7399. Fax: 770-975-8838. Email:
SUNNY INLAND WASHINGTON - Come enjoy a quality lifestyle in this fine commu-
nity and regional arts center. Spokane provides excellent schools and universities; affordable
housing in safe and friendly neighborhoods.
Our mild four-season climate with 260 days of sunshine provides the perfect formula for
unlimited year-round recreational activities.
Excellent opportunity for the invasive cardiologist to join a well-established Cardiology
practice of three dynamic cardiologists, based in a sophisticated regional cardiology center pro-
viding an ideal practice environment, substantial referral base and low managed care volume.
We offer an attractive benefit & income, package and shareholder status in this physician
owned and directed multispecialty group, which has served the residents of the Inland North-
west for 75 years.
Visit Today - www.rockwoodclinic.com
SAINT VINCENT HEALTH CENTER
INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST OPENING IN NW PA
To join a group of 13 cardiologists in Erie, Pennsylvania at Saint Vincent Health Center,
a 413-bed tertiary care center. Member of The Regional Heart Network who provides mobile
Cardiac CT Angiography for the member hospitals.
Recently named # 1 hospital in Pennsylvania for providing the best overall cardiac services.
Experience sandy beaches on Lake Erie with some of the best sunsets ever seen, Excellent
benefit package with early partnership.
Contact Sue McCreary, 814-452-7822; FAX; 814-455-1524; email firstname.lastname@example.org;
www.saintvincenthealth.com. Not a J-1 visa opportunity.
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thorough research for clients, Select scans the states to find the perfect match for physicians and
For more info, contact: Select, Inc. Tim Leigh, President P.O. Box 706 Bowling Green, KY
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TALBERT MEDICAL GROUP
Immediate Cardiologist Opportunity in Southern CA
Talbert Medical Group; well established physician owned medical multi-specialty group
located throughout Orange and Los Angeles county is seeking an Interventional Cardiologist
or an Invasive Non-Interventional Cardiologist to join our group!
This new addition will work primarily out of one local hospital and volume is expected to
increase as group gains additional presence at hospital/clinics. In-office services include: stress
tests, echo, stress echo, vascular diagnostic studies and holter and event monitoring. In addi-
tion following procedures will be performed; Cardiac Catheterization, Balloon Angioplasty,
Stent placement, Permanent Pacemaker (single and bi-ventricular) Insertion, Peripheral Vascu-
lar Imaging and Congestive Heart Failure evaluation and treatment. Position is split between
clinic consults and hospital surgeries.
Qualified candidates will be Board Certified or recently trained and Board Eligible.
We offer an outstanding and progressive working environment and culture that attracts
medical professionals who share the same vision and passion for providing excellent patient
care. Competitive salary based upon experience with great benefit plan including medical, den-
tal, vision and company paid life and LTD insurance, 401K, shareholder option, CME, health-
care and dependent care spending accounts and company paid medical malpractice insurance
and generous PTO plan.
Send CV to Lisa Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
TANNER HEALTH SYSTEM
Tanner Health System, located 25 miles west of Atlanta, GA, is a 3 hospital not-for-profit
healthcare system serving the western Georgia and eastern Alabama areas. As our region's pre-
mier healthcare leader, we have dedicated more than 50 years of service to our patients, medical
staff, employees and the communities we serve. With more than 1,800 employees and capital
expansions at all of our facilities, Tanner continues its tradition of innovation by ensuring that
the residents we serve have access to the latest in medical technology. Tanner provides a wide
range of comprehensive medical services including cancer care, rehabilitation, occupational
health, home health and hospice. Tanner's maternity centers deliver more than 1,400 babies
each year and approximately 6,000 surgeries are performed each year in Tanner facilities.
Current positions being recruited: General Internal Medicine, Hospitalist, Pulmonology,
Gastroenterology, Interventional Cardiology
For More Information Contact: Tanner Health System, Eric Johnston, Physician Recruiter,
770-838-8729-office, 770-838-8713-fax, email@example.com, Shellie Sherrod, Director-Physi-
cian Development, 770-836-9217-office, 770-838.8563-fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, 705 Dixie St.,
Carrollton, GA 30117, www.tanner.org
CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY 7
PHOEBE PUTNEY HEALTH SYSTEMS
Vibrant, long-standing, single-specialty group of six cardiologists in private practice seek-
ing additional Interventional Cardiologist. Offices located in medical tower of 450 bed regional
referral center adjacent to 3 cardiac cath labs and angio suite. Hospital based cardio-thoracic
surgery group in adjacent practice with sophisticated OR suites and staff. Albany, GA is locat-
ed midway between Atlanta, GA and Panama City Beach, FL; city of 100,000 and region of
World-class medicine with hometown commitment and low cost of living. Temperate cli-
mate allows year round outdoor activities. Diverse and sophisticated medical staff covering all
specialties with hospital centers of excellence for cardiac and oncology services. Partnership
track within 2 years.
Contact Emily Plummer via email at EPlummer@ppmh.org or by phone at (800) 662-1865.
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How to Select the Right Practice
By Paul Hiltz, Vice President, Physician Services and Debbie Mancini, Regional Director,
Physician Services Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio. Reprinted with Permission of the Authors
Introduction Selecting the right practice opportunity can Additional Thoughts on the Interview The following tips
be overwhelming whether you are just coming out of resi- will help make your visit more successful:
dency or moving from an established practice. By follow-
ing these steps, you can make the process a little more Pay attention to your appearance. Many groups get
manageable. immediately turned off by a great clinician simply
because that clinician is dressed unprofessionally or too
Pre-Visit Before you begin contacting other practices or casually. Remember that you are being interviewed for
headhunters, it is important for you to decide what you a six-figure job, and your potential employer wants to
want. That may sound obvious, but many physicians have make sure that you will uphold their reputation.
never taken the time to decide where (geographically) they
would most like to live, which may be the most important Be sure to be on time.
question to start with. Rehearse your talking points so you can cover your phi-
After location, focus your attention on things such as losophy of care, give some background on your clinical
group size. Are you interested in a small or large group? training and your work ethic.
This will have implications for your call schedule. How As you wind up the visit, get clarity on the decision-
often would you be comfortable being on call? making process. Find out who will be making the deci-
You will also want to think about whether you want a hos- sion and in what time frame. Determine who your main
pital practice or whether you would prefer to turn patients point of contact will be and let them know what your
over to a Hospitalist group. decision-making process is.
How about nursing homes? Do you feel comfortable cov- Settle on the general business terms before going to the
ering nursing homes for other members of your practice? time and expense of hiring an attorney. Once the general
Or would you rather not do this? Be honest! business terms have been agreed to, you should expect a
formal, legal contract that you can review with your attor-
Finally, consider your productivity. How busy would you ney. Don’t make the mistake of trying to save on legal fees
like to be? How many patients per day do you feel comfort- by doing this yourself. For a few hundred dollars up
able seeing? “Busy” means different things to different peo- front, with good legal advice, you can avoid major compli-
ple. Think through all of these things prior to interviewing cations and headaches down the road.
with a group.
Following these few simple steps should make your selec-
The Visit tion process easier. If you would like to contact us with
specific questions, feel free to do so by either e-mail or tele-
Pay attention to and look for group chemistry as one of phone.
the most important factors in selecting a practice.
Remember that picking a physician partner is not like a About the Authors
marriage, it is a marriage. Your physician partner or Paul Hiltz, MHA (Masters in Healthcare Administration from
partners will help determine your financial and profes- Xavier University); VP Physician Services, Mercy Health Part-
sional future. You will also be spending a large amount ners Southwest Ohio; 20 years experience in hospital and physician
of your waking hours with your physician partners. group practice administration; Memberships: American College of
Pay attention to the general environment. What is the Healthcare Executives; Medical Group Management Association
general atmosphere of the practice? What is the group’s Contact Info: email@example.com, 513-981-6375
style and efficiency of handling patients? Does it appear Debbie Mancini, CMSR; Regional Director of Physician Services
to be well managed? Mercy Health Partners Southwest Ohio; 10 years experience in
Learn about the structure of the group from a legal, physician group practice operations and physician recruitment and
financial and decision-making standpoint. retention; Memberships: The American Academy of Medical
Management and Association of Staff Physician Recruiters
Ask questions about the group’s expectations of the Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-981-6375
new physician. How busy does the group expect you to
be, and how quickly? How does the group plan to pro-
mote the new physician to build the practice?
After all of the above questions are answered to your sat-
isfaction, you can begin to investigate the compensation
package including salary, bonus, benefits and other perks
of the job. Ideally, groups will be able to answer these
questions, but don’t be surprised if they have a hard time
getting specific with their answers. Many groups have not
added a new practitioner for a while and have not thought
through the details of their particular offering.
10 CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY
Hints for Graduating Residents in Finding
an Ideal First Job and Prospering at It...
By Christopher Kashnig, Manger of Physician Recruitment, Christie Clinic. Reprinted with Permission of the Author
1. Location 9. Seek Out Other Professionals
Limit yourself geographically. Be realistic. Don't consider Early on in your professional career, you should seek out a com-
opportunities in Kansas and Connecticut unless there is a unique petent attorney, accountant, and financial advisor. If you lose
reason to do so, e.g. you are originally from Kansas and your confidence in any of them, replace him/her ASAP. If you don't
spouse is originally from Connecticut. Most candidates are pri- know whom to contact, ask other physicians in the community.
marily interested in a defined geographical area, such as a south- I am reminded of an expression of my father, a music teacher,
ern Wisconsin and Chicagoland. Many potential employers dis- now retired, said; "My attorney and I have an agreement. I don't
miss candidates who are unfocused. update my will and he doesn't give trombone lessons."
2. Type Of Practice 10. Balance Your Life
Think about what type of practice setting suits you- Are you Everyone needs activities outside of medicine. Set aside time for
entrepreneurial or not? Residents generally select between the yourself, especially physical exercise. You will have more energy
following: multi-specialty group, single specialty group, hospital to practice medicine if you strike a balance. By the same token,
employment, hospital-sponsored group practice, hospital-spon- don't let your outside interest dictate your career. Remember,
sored solo practice, HMO, or some hybrid of these. It is difficult you're a physician first and an amateur hockey player, musician,
to imagine a physician seriously considering opportunities with etc...second. Like any other professional, you will undoubtedly
both a 250-physician multi-specialty group and a solo practice. have to make sacrifices to balance these competing interests.
Generally they attract different sorts of folks. Again, many
potential employers dismiss candidates who are unfocused. About the Author
Christopher Kashnig is the Manager of Physician Recruitment for the
Christie Clinic in Champaign, IL. Christie Clinic is a physician-owned
Be realistic regarding the first year's salary or guarantee. While multi-specialty group of 85 physicians, 20 mid-level providers, and 600
there are regional differences in income, there aren't huge differ- employees. It was founded by the Christie brothers in 1929 and now has a
ences within a region unless there is a 'catch' somewhere. main clinic in downtown Champaign and five satellite offices throughout the
Remember the old adage--if it looks too good to be true, it prob-
ably is! Unusually high salaries frequently are accompanied with Champaign area. Christopher Kashnig has 20 years of experience in
professional isolation, geographical isolation, poor call coverage, physician recruitment, including eight years with Christie Clinic. He has a
and difficult working conditions. BA from the University of Notre Dame and both an MS and MBA from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
4. Short Term vs. Long Term Income
Assume that you will stay in this practice opportunity fix 20
years. Don't worry so much about the first years income--
Instead focus on the fifth year's income, tenth year's income, and
long term stability- Young physicians who overly concentrate on
short term income frequently change jobs after two years.
Unfortunately, some physicians never learn this, and change jobs
every 2-3 years for their entire careers.
5. Working Conditions
Again, be realistic-everyone wants a high income with lots of
time off and minimal call responsibilities. Find out what the
working conditions are before you interview-if they don't fit you
lifestyle, look elsewhere. Nothing irritates a hiring physician or
administrator more than an applicant trying to bargain the
working conditions, e.g. time off, call, office space requirements.
6. Be Honest
If there are certain things that are non-negotiable for profession-
al or personal reasons, tell the potential employer this upfront.
An example might be an unwillingness of a Family Practitioner
to practice Obstetrics. It is better to clear this up early rather
than have it become a sore spot later.
7. Be Flexible
Things are never as good or bad as they seem. You will be much
happier if you try to remain as flexible in medicine as possible. In
addition, with the health care delivery system changing constant-
ly, you must be able to go with the flow. Related to this, no posi-
tion is perfect. They all have pluses or minuses.
Become computer literate. Enough said.
CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY 11
Finding the Perfect Job
By Ann Korinek, Physician Recruiter, Henry Ford Medical Group
Reprinted with Permission of the Author
Step1: Preparation Step 2: Ready, Set, Interview!!
If you're a 2006 graduate and you think finding a job is something Over the next few months you'll probably interview more than
you won't need to worry about until next year - you're wrong! you will any other time in your life. For you, this is an oppor-
tunity to land that perfect job. For the interviewer it's a chance
Start now to avoid the pressure that builds as graduation nears. to determine why you should be hired over anyone else.
Assemble the basics: A CV, education about the market and
scanned documents to expedite the credentialing process. To be successful you'll need to ooze self confidence (not arro-
gance), high energy, initiative, and good interpersonal skills.
KEEP YOUR CV SIMPLE. They'll want to know how you handle conflict, accept responsi-
bility and, above all, if you have leadership potential.
If you're just graduating from your first program, education,
accomplishments, and honors will be the theme. Include dates Start by identifying your goals. Prepare answers to the stan-
(month and year) to make it easy for the reader to follow your dard questions you know you will get that refer to your training,
CV's timeline. If there is a time gap explain that in the cover letter. competence and ultimate career path. Know your strengths,
weaknesses, reasons you want this job and something about
A 12 point font is sufficient. Bold and underline sparingly to your employer. Be prepared to discuss these - rehearse with
highlight key points. Allow plenty of space around each sec- someone if necessary. If you're the nervous type remember that,
tion. Make sure it is error free - have a non-medical person read while they are interviewing you, you are also interviewing them.
it for understanding. Use action words to describe your skills.
Make sure you list "board eligible". Above all - have an elec- BEWARE THE MOST COMMON PITFALLS!
tronic version that is universal - such as Adobe Acrobat.
Always include email and then always check your email. Never submit a sloppy or error laden CV
Cover letters should say what your CV doesn't -- the type and Never be late
size of practice you are looking for, type of patient population
that attracts you, and any special interests that are not other- Avoid the limp handshake. (Cultivate a strong, look-your-
wise readily apparent. Address the letter to the person receiving interviewer-in-the-eye handshake)
your CV (this shows you did your homework).
Don't be arrogant
PRIMARY AND SPECIALTY JOB AVAILABILITY CAN
VARY GEOGRAPHICALLY. NEVER speak ill of past employers or make excuses for
Educate yourself. Check out your society's or State's website.
CAPITALIZE ON THE LITTLE THINGS!
MOM (Medical Opportunities in Michigan at www.mimom.org
) lists opportunities from hospitals by state and region from, not
only Michigan but Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. You can Courtesy - remember even the secretary in the waiting room
send your CV directly to the job or post it publicly. From this is interviewing you
you will get an idea of locations, type of practice, hours and even
salary and benefits. This is also the time to identify any job fairs Dress well - Choose at least two interview outfits, remember
in your area. Medical societies frequently offer opportunities to you WANT to be invited back. Nails should be clean and
meet recruiters one-on-one during lunch or half day session. short, hair groomed and simple, no perfume or aftershave
(just in case there's an allergic interviewer) and avoid bright
SCAN YOUR CREDENTIALS. colors
Give complete answers that are short and pithy
Keep diplomas, certificates, licenses, etc. in a file that you use
EVERY time you apply for a position or to a third party payer. Arrive a "little" early (too early and you become an
The credentialing process can take from 3-6 months and seri- interruption)
ously impact your start date. If you're going to relocate you
may, inadvertently, pack needed paperwork. Scanning or filing Show interest, lean forward slightly and don't fidget
key documents now will save time when you need it.
REHEARSE THE COMMON QUESTIONS.
As a rule, there are two recruitment cycles. Many positions are
posted in September and hired by November with a second Question(Q): Tell me about yourself.
wave of openings in January and filled by March. It is generally Answer(A): Highlight your accomplishments
assumed by recruiters, that the more serious (and therefore
more desirable) candidates start early. Some simple prepara- Q: What are your weaknesses?
tion now will assure you're part of that group! A: Give a thoughtful answer such as: " I tend to work independ-
ently and sometimes may not ask for help when I need it."
Demonstrate your self-awareness
12 CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY
Q: Do you have any questions for me?
A: YES! ALWAYS YES!
If you know of something that negatively impacts your applica-
tion, don't wait for it to come up - address it first. For example,
if you can't commit to a long-term position because of a spouse
in training, suggest that hiring you now will instill loyalty to the
practice and/or hospital in the event you BOTH end up staying
in the area.
Finally, if the interview isn't going well consider: Asking the
interviewer some questions. Clarify that you're on the right
track with your answer. Smile and, if all else fails, keep in mind
that you may not be the reason the interviewer is having a bad
Step 3: Benefit Terminology
If you're like most residents or fellows you haven't given much
thought to the benefits you have. As you hunt for your new job,
however, you have the opportunity to "shop" your benefits and
see what's available. Learning some simple terminology will
MALPRACTICE INSURANCE TERMS
There are two types: "Occurrence" and "Claims Made". The dif-
ferences are important. "Occurrence" coverage is for all mal-
practice cases that arise while you are working in your practice
or after you leave. "Claims made", on the other hand, only cov-
ers you while you are working in the practice and you must pay
for "tail coverage" to continue the insurance after you leave.
If you are offered "claims made" insurance, make sure you ask
the cost to continue the tail coverage when you leave the prac-
tice. This will be an important part of any exit strategy when
you look for your next position. "Tail coverage" is also referred
to as "nose coverage" when you are joining a practice and have
these payments from your previous malpractice coverage.
HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS
COBRA: When you leave a job, you and your dependents
have the right to continue health and dental coverage through
the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for up
to eighteen (18) months. Before you leave residency check to see
what this will cost. If your new employer doesn't provide imme-
diate health or dental coverage, you may need to sign up for
COBRA in the interim.
Ask at your new position if there is a "qualifying period". (This
is the length of time you need to be on the job before the benefit
starts.) If there is a lag between beginning practice and cover-
age you may be able to maintain coverage through COBRA.
Ask your new employed about "pre-existing conditions". Some
insurances will not cover medical conditions for which you have
received previous treatment. This term may also apply to a pre-
existing medical condition such as a pregnancy. Having this
information can save you from unexpected medical expenses.
Finding the Perfect Job,
Having salary "at risk" is very common. When you are consid-
ering an opportunity, make sure you understand what the
expectations are for productivity, patient satisfaction, and any
other quality or productivity measures. Failing to meet these
requirements can result in a portion of your salary being
reduced ("at risk"). By the same token, if you exceed expecta-
tions you may receive and incentive.
While not always easy to enforce, many practices include a
"non-compete clause" in their contract. Generally this clause is
added to protect the current practice. The clause will prohibit
you from practicing within a certain radius from the current
practice (ie: 10 miles) for a certain period of time (ie: three
years). You can ask to have this clause removed from the doc-
ument, but if it's not, be prepared to comply with the require-
As with any new endeavor, learning the terminology is critical
to success. While this is not a comprehensive list of terms, you
will find that familiarity with these simple phrases will help as
you negotiate your first offer. Read information thoroughly
and ask questions when in doubt.
About the Author: Ann Korinek has been a physician
recruiter with the Henry Ford Health System for 15
years. She developed the very successful centralized
physician recruitment model currently used by the 900
physician Henry Ford Medical Group to recruit 90-100
physicians annually which has all but eliminated the
Group's reliance on outside recruitment firms. Ann
conducts annual job hunting seminars for the Medical Group's residents
and fellows while supporting leadership executive search efforts. She
received her B.A. in Public Relations from Wayne State University.
CAREER INSIGHTS CARDIOLOGY 14
Bum References -
Job Seeking Physicians Beware
By Lynden Kidd, CEO of Next Iteration
Reprinted with Permission of the Author
Most of us take for granted that if we provide the names Lynden Kidd, JD has 20 years experience within the
and contact information of colleagues to prospective healthcare industry working as an executive; manage-
employers that the colleagues or attending physicians rec- ment consultant, executive search consultant and owner
of a healthcare recruiting firm.
ommending us will be objective, fair and supportive of our
professionalism in their comments. Before founding Next Iteration, Lynden led a medical
staff of over 120 multispecialty physicians as vice pres-
I recently had a candidate who was very forthright about ident of medical affairs in a medium-size acute care
sharing reference letters. He easily forwarded letters writ- medical center for almost a decade; then as an experi-
ten on his behalf early in the recruitment process. Because enced associate consultant with a national management
of his "up front" management of that issue, I suspect many services consulting firm (in a practice dedicated exclu-
prospective employers didn't actually call the references for sively to healthcare delivery) worked with many of the country's leading
more background but relied instead on the letter exclusive- academic and private healthcare systems, medical centers and physician
ly as the reference check. practice groups. Lynden refined her recruiting skills in a boutique retainer
search firm exclusive to the healthcare, life sciences, biopharmaceutical and
medical device industries. There she was dedicated to selling search services,
Beware to the practice that hires going only on a written let- identifying top level talent; training recruiting consultants and developing
ter of reference they may not know enough about your col- internal, international corporate operation systems and procedures. Now
leagues AND beware to the job seeking physician who thinks she leads a team of consultants who support her recruiting business, Next
that his references won't be contacted directly. Iteration; and manages a busy recruiting desk herself serving the healthcare
industry, specializing in physician placement. Lynden especially enjoys
In the example above, one of the practices where the can- working with residents and fellows on their job search. She can be reached at
didate was seeking employment actually called one of the 215-579-1751; email@example.com; or more about her company can be
references instead of simply relying on the letter. What the seen at www.nextiteration.net at www.nihealthjobs.com and www.MDCa-
reerCompass.com . Free job search hints and tips can be found at her blog
hiring practice heard from the reference wasn't so flattering
to the job seeking physician candidate. In fact, it was so
poor that the group decided not to issue an offer and called
another practice where the candidate was interviewing in
the same community to share what they had learned. The
second practice verified the info and actually withdrew
their offer before it was accepted. The job seeking physi-
cian was left wondering why and what happened.
As a candidate, you shouldn't be left wondering why.
When you ask someone to be a reference for you, also ask
how they handle references and whether they will speak
fairly of your skills and experience. Don't assume they will
be a good reference without asking them if they have a
good impression of your work and experience. If you get
any kind of hint of negativity in their answer - find another
reference. When you are at the finish line headed into offer
negotiations, the last thing you want to do is fall on your
face because a reference was negative or even neutral.
If you suspect that a reference may not be as strong as
you'd like - ask them about their comments or have some-
one objective speak with them on your behalf. If you are
working with a trusted independent physician recruiter -
the recruiter can call and check a reference in anticipation
of working with you. That recruiter should be able to ver-
ify for you if your references are as strong a resource as
you need for your job search campaign. (Note: I suggest an
independent recruiter versus an internal recruiting profes-
sional because the results would bias an internal recruiter's
conclusions about your candidacy with their employer.)
As in everything you do, the devil is in the details and
knowing you have solid professional references is key to
success in your career search.
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