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.

Start early and use Practice Link 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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Brandon Hooks, D.O., FACOI

Snapshot | Spring 2018

 

Brandon Hooks, D.O., FACOI, attended a PracticeLink Live! physician career fair—an important step in his post-fellowship job search. Photo by Martin Vecchio

Brandon Hooks, D.O., FACOI, attended a PracticeLink Live! physician career fair—an important step in his post-fellowship job search. Photo by Martin Vecchio

Title: Pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellow

Employer: St. John Providence Health System

City/state: Southfield, Michigan

Medical school: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, Arizona (2012)

Residency: Michigan State University, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, Michigan (2015)

Fellowship: Michigan State University, St. John Providence Health System (2018)

Hooks enjoys running, working out and playing soccer. He and his wife, Kelly, are parents to son Isaac and a new baby.

What surprised you about your first job search? We have spent over 10 years in education, yet we lack information pertaining to job search. Physicians should familiarize themselves with the process of a job search.

What’s your advice for residents beginning their job search? My first suggestion is to start early. Second, identify your own personal and professional goals. Ask yourself questions like “Where do I see myself in one, five and 10 years after training, and how will this job get me there?”

What are the most important factors in your job search? The potential for growth through mentorship and leadership opportunities.

How did you find your job? I found my job through a few different resources: PracticeLink and a job fair hosted by my fellowship training program.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? At first, I had a lot of skepticism about using a recruiting organization to assist with my career search. However, the more I attended PracticeLink’s live events and spoke with their staff, I realized they genuinely want nothing more than to help us navigate the career search process.

Do not let your own doubt stop you from receiving guidance and advice from those who can empower you to succeed.

Any other advice? Identify role models in your career who have experience with not only searching for jobs, but also balancing the complexities of life and work.

 

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Nitasa Sahu, M.D.

Snapshot | Winter 2018

 

Nitasa Sahu, M.D.

Nitasa Sahu, M.D., read PracticeLink Magazine as a resident—and found her job at Penn State Health’s Hershey Medical Center on PracticeLink.com!

Title: Hospitalist/assistant professor

Employer: Penn State Health’s Hershey Medical Center

City/State: Hershey, Pennsylvania

Residency: St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (2016)

Sahu enjoys running, tennis, swimming, basketball, volunteering, reading and traveling.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? How long it took to get licensed/credentialed!

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Start early, and don’t be pressured into accepting an offer right away. Look over the contract, talk to experienced physicians, and negotiate before taking the job.

What were the most important factors in your job search? I was most interested in the type of facility, maximum census and the opportunities for growth.

How did you find your job? I started receiving PracticeLink Magazine as a third-year resident to explore my options, and applied to my job on PracticeLink.com. PracticeLink was easy to navigate, shows when the jobs were posted, and I received many offers. I am very happy with my decision and grateful that PracticeLink exists—and I can help my colleagues who are graduating in the near future learn about it as well!

Any other advice? It’s not the end of the world if you don’t find your dream practice right away—it may take time. Good luck!

 

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Physician profile: Olusegun Oyewole, M.D., M.P.H.

Hospitalist Olusegun Oyewole, M.D., M.P.H., found his job after searching and registering on PracticeLink.com.

Fall 2017 | Snapshot

 

Olusegun Oyewole, M.D., M.P.H.

Olusegun Oyewole, M.D., M.P.H., registered with PracticeLink and was immediately connected to opportunities that fit his needs. He found his job on PracticeLink.

Specialty: Internal medicine (hospitalist)

Employer: Apogee Physicians

Residency: Mercy Catholic Medical Center (2017)

Oyewole enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, playing soccer, listening to country music, and studying the Bible.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? I was surprised—and at the same time pleased—by the opportunities that started flooding my email box the day after I uploaded my CV to PracticeLink. That began the process that eventually culminated in securing my first job.

What’s your advice for residents? Don’t wait till the 11th hour before you start your search! Some time between the later part of the penultimate year to the early part of the final year, you should begin your search. That will allow you enough time to carefully weigh all your options before committing to a job.

What were the most important factors in your job search? Visa sponsorship; a competitive compensation package; opportunities for my wife, who is an RN; and good schools for my kids were all factors.

How did you find your job? I stumbled on PracticeLink.com when I started my search for a job online. I was so fascinated by the comprehensive nature of the website that I uploaded my CV immediately.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? PracticeLink turned out to be the vital link to my job with Penn Highlands Healthcare in Dubois, Pennsylvania.

Any other advice? Before you start your job search, take time to define what matters most to you. That will serve as a guide and keep you focused.

 

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Shannon Clark, M.D.

Snapshot | Summer 2017

 

Shannon Clark, M.D.

Shannon Clark, M.D., found her new job in Virginia Beach through PracticeLink!

Specialty: Neurosurgery

Employer: Sentara Medical Group

Medical school: University of South Florida (2010)

Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (2017)

Clark enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and daughter.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? Neurosurgery has very few graduating each year, so I thought I could take a pick of jobs in even a very desirable location. But the reality is most of the openings, even in neurosurgery, are in out-of-the-way, smaller locations. Because of this, looking early and carefully for what you like is very important. I’m very happy I found a job in a wonderful location—Virginia Beach.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Start early, and gather advice from the residents who graduated before you with multiple interview experiences.

They gave me tons of info including the good hospital systems to interview with, the whole process, and even the exact number of their salaries and sign-on bonuses.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? Location. For neurosurgery, building a practice is possible in most locations, even in competitive areas, with about five years of investment. Finding a place that you and your family can be happy with is the most important thing.

How did you find your job? I applied via PracticeLink. I started out very early (May of 2016 for a starting date around August 2017). I also tried to put in an enthusiastic message about the job rather than just sending my CV.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? It’s one of the posts I saw on PracticeLink that I applied to. The job description is exactly what I wanted. I’m very happy I looked through PracticeLink diligently!

 

 

 

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Sadia Ali, M.D.

Snapshot | Spring 2017

 

Sadia Ali, M.D.

Sadia Ali, M.D.

Specialty: Family medicine with obstetrics

Employer: Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Orlando, Florida

Medical school: University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine (2013)

Residency: Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast/Cabarrus Family Medicine (2016)

Fellowship:

Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

Women’s Health/Obstetrics Junior Faculty/Fellowship (2017)

Ali is married with two kids. She enjoys running and trying new foods.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? The abundance of opportunities available to physicians. Often overwhelming, it took a lot of work and research to find out what I truly wanted in a practice.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Always stay true to your dreams and ask for what you really want. The worst possible outcome is getting no as a response, and the best case scenario is creating an opportunity to practice medicine the way you would like to.

Anything particularly unique about your job search? I saw the posting on PracticeLink and immediately emailed the recruiter. I heard within five days. I got a phone interview within two days and was scheduled for a site visit within two weeks.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? During my search, there were multiple messages in my email inbox and phone calls from different recruiters with opportunities that involved practices or locations that I wasn’t interested in. PracticeLink helped me narrow down the type of opportunities that I actually wanted to choose from.

Any other advice? Don’t get steered in a certain direction with your search because of trends in medicine. As I stated before, if you stay true to what you really want, you will be happy with your results and potential offers to choose from.

 

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