Inderpal Singh, M.D.

Fall 2020 | Snapshot

 

“PracticeLink also gives details about the job and employer, which helped me screen if I should proceed with contacting the employer or let it go,” says Inderpal Singh, M.D. – Photo by Kris Janovitz

Employer: Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, South Carolina

In practice since: July 2018

Singh loves fusion cooking and spending time with his wife and two kids.

What surprised you about your first job search? There are so many jobs available in the market, but it is not easy to find the right fit. There is so much variability: social life, weather, school districts and the potential to grow in your own specialty.

What is your advice to residents looking for jobs? Please start searching for jobs at least six months in advance. Compensation is just one factor of getting attracted toward a job, but make sure this is not your only concern.

Do a background search on the area and the reputation of the workplace. Lots of things are available on the internet and may save you time before actually visiting the site and then getting disappointed by not experiencing what you are actually looking for.

What was most important factor in your job search? I was looking for a hospital-based position in a city with a low cost of living and the ability to enjoy a good social life

Anything unique about your job search? My specialty is interventional pain management, and there is an ongoing opioid epidemic issue, as we all know. So for me, finding a place with a good work ethic and strictly following CDC guidelines were of utmost importance.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? The website is simple and very easy to find the latest jobs. It also helps to search for jobs based on a particular state, or search private vs. hospital-based positions. PracticeLink also gives details about the job and employer, which helped me screen if I should proceed with contacting the employer or let it go.

 

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Daniel Talamo, D.O.

Snapshot | Summer 2020

 

“Make a list of things that are important to you,” recommends Daniel Talamo, D.O. – Photo by Monica Stanley

Employer: Adelante Healthcare, Surprise, Arizona

Med school: NYCOM

In practice since: 2019

Talamo enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with family, cooking, baking, playing sports and trying new foods.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? There are a lot of jobs out there because doctors are in high demand. What also surprised me was how long it takes to get licensed and credentialed to start working.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? My best advice would be to start early. Start in your second year of residency toward the end. I know it’s hectic and busy, but doing your research on different jobs is key.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? My most important factor was being close to family. Being in medical school and residency is a full-time commitment, and you miss a lot of things. I focused on areas where I could be close to them.

Anything particularly unique about your job search? At first I applied everywhere to see the differences in jobs, EMRs and patient populations. Once I figured out what was important to me, I honed in my search.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? PracticeLink showed the job opening, and I applied through it.

Any other advice? Make a list of things that are important to you, i.e., family, location, patient population, census, EMR. There are plenty of openings for physicians out there and you can find what is best for you.

 

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Luis Diaz Quintero, M.D.

Snapshot | Spring 2020

 

Luis Diaz Quintero, M.D., created a profile on PracticeLink that he then used to apply for jobs. - Photo by Colin Lyons

Luis Diaz Quintero, M.D., created a profile on PracticeLink that he then used to apply for jobs. – Photo by Colin Lyons

Employer: Apogee Physicians, Lincoln, Illinois

Residency: University of Chicago NorthShore Program

In practice since: 2019

Quintero enjoys music, playing instruments and sports.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job or job search? It was easier than I expected to find a job. There are many opportunities out there for different topics or areas of expertise.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Understand what you want and what your priorities are: family, location, hours, type of job (hospitalist vs. outpatient care, etc.), salary, visa, so you can filter your options.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? Visa sponsorship and location.

How did you find your job? I created a profile with my CV attached to it in PracticeLink and submitted applications to the positions I found interesting. The process was much easier than expected, and I was surprised with how many options and opportunities there are.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? PracticeLink made the process of looking for a job very easy by allowing me to adapt my search to my own specific needs.

 

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Benjamin Goldstein, M.D.

Snapshot | Winter 2020

 

Benjamin Goldstein, M.D., found his job through the PracticeLink Job Messenger email! – Photo by Maryn Graves

Work: Internal medicine physician specializing in geriatric and hospice and palliative medicine at Western Maryland Health System

Residency: Interfaith Medical Center (2017)

Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (2018) in geriatric medicine; Jamaica Hospital Medical Center (2019) in hospice and palliative medicine

In practice since: 2019

Goldstein has completed four marathons and enjoys playing guitar, traveling, watching and playing sports.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? The large amount of opportunities and need for physicians across most of the country.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Spread your net far and wide to try to find the most suitable job for you. I found the best opportunity by being open to different options in a multitude of locations.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? Although there are several that I find to be crucial for a good fit, I believe one of the more important factors is to find people to work with who are collegial and want you to succeed.

How did you find your job? I received a Job Messenger email from PracticeLink with a position and location that were ideal for me.

I went about my search being very open-minded and willing to ask questions and learn further about opportunities that I was considering.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? I received daily Job Messenger emails, and I utilized the PracticeLink Job Bank to search for jobs. As PracticeLink has large groups of people advertising many jobs, it became a central and organized location for me to find what practice opportunities were available across the country.

Any other advice? I think it is important to find a job with room for growth. Also, with the epidemic of physician burnout, I believe it is important to find a job where you can maintain a work/life balance so that you will feel most happy and fulfilled and be most successful.

 

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Kavita Mehta, M.D.

Anesthesiologist

Fall 2019 | Snapshot

 

“PracticeLink helped me narrow down jobs that would fit my needs,” says Kavita Mehta, M.D. – Photo by Katelynn Dow

Employer: Dr. Kavita Mehta, PSC; Louisville, Kentucky

Residency: University of Louisville

In practice since: 2000

Mehta enjoys reading, traveling the world, playing badminton and doing yoga.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? I was focused on a very limited region of the country for my practice and therefore had narrowed my search down accordingly.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? I would strongly advise residents to start their search early. It is very helpful to start a search with learning the pros and cons of practice in different states along with practicing in a university academic institution vs. private practice.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? I wanted to stay with my family, so I narrowed my search to a certain region only within a commute drive from my home.

How did you find your job? PracticeLink helped me explore available jobs within my interest region, and at the same time made it possible to make comparisons to other parts of the country. That gave me a much better perspective on what suits my needs. This saved significant time and energy for me, as I was then able to focus on other aspects of my job hunt—like contracts and negotiations.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? I have been extremely clear on what I have required regarding job searches, and PracticeLink helped me narrow down jobs that would fit my needs.

Any other advice? I really hope that residency training in the final year also teaches the business management on how to look and compare different job opportunities so as to suit one’s own needs. 

 

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Rashi Khanna, M.D.

Snapshot | Summer 2019

 

Rashi Khanna, M.D., tried several job-search tools—but PracticeLink.com helped the most. – Photo by Matthew Guillory

Employer: Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston

Residency: Fairview Hospital-Cleveland Clinic (2016)

In practice since: July 2016

Khanna enjoys swimming, cooking and traveling with her husband and daughter.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? I realized that finding the right job was not easy. There were so many aspects to look into, including schedules, benefits, salary. All in all, it was an extremely time-consuming process.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Analyze and decide early what you are looking for in a job. Make sure to interview early in the season so that you have options to choose from.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? My goal was to practice in a setting that offered teaching and academic opportunities that could help build my career along with a variety of patient populations to treat. Finding that perfect fit with a good work/life balance was a challenge.

How did you find your job? I tried different modes of search including contacts, friends, the SHM career portal, internet searches… But it was PracticeLink that made it so much easier and gave me what I was looking for. At the very start, I already knew that I wanted a job in a certain city, as my husband was moving for a fellowship and I wanted to be with my family.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? In the short duration of time that I had to find a job, it was getting difficult to look for all the opportunities out there by myself. PracticeLink was a savior. I found that PracticeLink asked all the relevant questions to narrow my job search and tailor it to exactly what I wanted. It was very helpful to be updated via emails about new job openings when they became available so that I wouldn’t miss any opportunities.

Any other advice? My two cents: Start early and use PracticeLink to find your ideal job, and you can’t go wrong.

 

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Alexander M. Luer, M.D.

Snapshot | Spring 2019

 

“If it weren’t for PracticeLink, I wouldn’t have found my dream job,” says Alexander Luer, M.D.

Employer: Utah Regional Hospitalist (Aguirre Healthcare), West Jordan, Utah

Med school: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine (2014)

Residency: Medicine-Pediatrics at University of Arizona Phoenix (2018)

Luer enjoys hiking, skiing, piano, spending time with his family, and cooking (and eating!) delicious food.

What surprised you about your job search? It was hard to know where to start, as we didn’t receive any career advice from our residency program. However, simply typing “physician careers” into a search engine and talking to residency graduates led to several starting places.

What’s your advice for residents beginning their job search? Start early! Arranging phone calls and on-site interviews takes a long time—months.

Stay strong and optimistic in your search. I applied for about 20 jobs and interviewed at four places before deciding on one.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? Location. I exclusively looked at places near Salt Lake City or Portland.

How did you find your job? I uploaded my CV on PracticeLink and had several emails with offers hours later. I was also able to search for specialty and location, and happened to find the perfect match.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? PracticeLink connected me to several physician recruiters and allowed me to search by specialty and location. If it weren’t for PracticeLink, I wouldn’t have found my dream job.

 

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Irina G. Trifonova, M.D.

Snapshot

Snapshot | Winter 2019

 

"Step by step, I simply used all the strategies recommended in PracticeLink Magazine." -Photo by Mojica Photography

“Step by step, I simply used all the strategies recommended in PracticeLink Magazine.” -Photo by Mojica Photography

Employer: New York Presbyterian, Queens, New York

Residency: Lincoln Medical Center (Bronx, New York), Weill Cornell Medical College, 2015

Fellowship: Pediatric hospital medicine fellowship, 2018

Trifonova enjoys reading and running. She has participated in a marathon, half marathons and a triathlon.

What’s your advice for residents beginning their job search? The most important thing is to know what you want. Take your time to think and write down what is important to you in your career.

Right after interviews, I made myself notes about what I liked and didn’t like about that particular site. It helped me later to make a final decision.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? Location—would it work for my family?

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? One of my friends recommended PracticeLink Magazine to me and gave me his copy. I read it from the beginning to the end.

Step by step, I simply used all the strategies recommended in PracticeLink Magazine, from refining my résumé and applying for the positions, preparing for phone and onsite interviews to learning how to budget the interview process.

Even now, when I have my dream job (thanks to PracticeLink), I use the magazine to expand my knowledge on other aspects, such as financial fitness. I strongly recommend PracticeLink as a valuable tool and support in the exciting process of job search.

Any other advice? Be open-minded. Go for the interview even if you don’t think you’ll end up there. It helps to build confidence in interviewing, compare different practices and build new relationships. It is a small world. You might see people who you interviewed with at conferences, or work on multicenter research projects in the future. Never burn bridges.

 

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Arif Khan, M.D.

Fall 2018 | Snapshot

 

Arif Khan, M.D., recommends choosing a job that will allow you to grow. He found his opportunity on PracticeLink.com. -photo by Kim Bunce

Arif Khan, M.D., recommends choosing a job that will allow you to grow. He found his opportunity on PracticeLink.com. -photo by Kim Bunce

Employer: Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Toledo Medical Center, 2014

Fellowship: Pain Management, New York University, 2015

Khan enjoys spending time with his family and is interested in finance and cricket.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job? The job wasn’t that different from fellowship in terms of work. However, it was difficult to find the right job. I started the pain program here at Pocono Medical Center, and the challenge was the administrative side, setting up evidence-based protocols and ensuring that the system works with the resources available.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Start early—credentialing takes awhile. Money is not as important as the location, type of practice and personal satisfaction. Choose a place that will allow you to grow.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? Growth, and opportunity for leadership and administrative work.

How did you find your job? PracticeLink had it advertised, and the employer responded.

Any other advice? Try to talk to the chairman immediately, even though human resources may be your first point of contact. Negotiate salary based on market rate—so have an idea of what your compensation should be.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? It’s easy to navigate. The communication platform is built directly into the site. Its layout is nice, and it’s easy to use. I love using PracticeLink for both passive and active searches.

Did you find your job on PracticeLink? Let us know, and we might feature you! Tell your story at info.PracticeLink.com/Snapshot.

 

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David A. Jenkins, D.O.

Snapshot | Summer 2018

 

David Jenkins, D.O., used PracticeLink to find his new hospitalist practice in Dallas. · Photo by Rachel Moore

David Jenkins, D.O., used PracticeLink to find his new hospitalist practice in Dallas. · Photo by Rachel Moore

Title: Hospitalist

Employer: Envision Healthcare

Med school: University of North Texas Health Science Center (2006)

Residency: Saint Louis University (2009)

Jenkins and his husband, Don, love to travel and spend time with their two Scottish Terriers.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job? Being a hospitalist allows you many opportunities to move around quite easily. I think I was most surprised that my first job only lasted two years.

What’s your advice for residents beginning a job search? Start early, and keep motivated when seeking opportunities in the location where you’d like to live. Keep your options open. Consider locum tenens to get into a group or hospital and see if it’s a fit before making it permanent.

What was the most important factor in your job search? For me, geographic location was most important. We had lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for many years, but had moved to Nashville. We always wanted to get back to the DFW area.

How did you find your job? PracticeLink opened up many doors that I initially had not considered. I ran across PracticeLink, uploaded my CV, was able to tailor my job search in a way that was most valuable for me. I quickly got an abundance of leads.

Any other advice to share? If you’ve seen one hospitalist group, you’ve seen one hospitalist group. Each group is different and comes with different goals and values. Don’t be shocked if your first hospitalist group is not the right fit. Sometimes you may not realize this until you’ve been working there. The right one is out there!

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? My PracticeLink account was easy to set up. My initial search gave me a few leads, but the email notifications actually helped the most. I received the most recent new job openings and could network immediately with those hospitalist groups. PracticeLink allowed me to secure a job in my ideal geographic location, Dallas!

 

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