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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Tamika Blackburn, M.D.

Fall 2016 | Snapshot

 

Tamika Blackburn, M.D.

Tamika Blackburn, M.D.

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Employer: ProHealth, Wethersfield, Connecticut

Education: Medical school: New York University School of Medicine (2005)

Residency: Yale University, Primary Care Internal Medicine Program (2008)

Blackburn enjoys traveling, exploring new culinary delights, dancing, and spending time with her husband, Tyson Davila.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? Many of the academic medicine positions would not even respond back unless my residency program director or chair of the department of medicine initiated the inquiry. This surprised me because I thought a competitive CV, experience and good qualifications were all that were needed to land a dream job. In the end I realized I still needed an advocate to help get past the barriers.

What’s your advice for residents beginning the job search? Don’t rule out opportunities right away. You may have the idea to go into academic medicine in an urban center, but perhaps private practice, rural medicine or hospital medicine may be a better fit. Be open-minded and explore your options.

Anything particularly unique about your job search? I searched websites such as PracticeLink.com, ads posted at national conferences and ads in journals for a few months to get a general overview as to what was out there before doing a more active search. I also spoke to colleagues to elicit their experience in working with different organizations.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? It allowed me to search for jobs online without pressure from recruiters calling me all the time. On the other hand, if I wanted to be contacted directly, I could post my CV and have it distributed to recruiters. If I wanted more information, I could click on the request form or call the recruiter. I also enjoyed the articles published in PracticeLink Magazine on writing an effective CV, interviewing and reviewing contracts. Finally, I went to a regional job fair that offered a seminar on the basic steps to the job search.

 

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Jill Kruse, D.O.

Snapshot | Winter 2017

 

Jill Kruse, D.O.

Jill Kruse, D.O., found both her first and current jobs through PracticeLink! · Photo by Kate Heiberger

Specialty: Family medicine

Employer: Avera Medical Group Brookings in Brookings, S.D.

Education:Medical school: Des Moines University (2005)

Residency: University of Wisconsin – Rural Training Track (2008)

In practice since: 2008

Kruse enjoys community theater, reading, SCUBA diving, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two young kids.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search? Getting into medical school and residency, there is so much pressure to want the program to “like you” or “want you” that you forget when you are searching for your first job that you have to interview them as much as they interview you. You need to make sure that this job is right for you, and you are under no obligation to accept the first job offer you are given.

What’s your advice for residents who are beginning their job search? Make a list of what you want and what is important to you in a job. Also make sure the community you are looking at is a good fit for your family. Can your spouse get a job? Do you want your kids (or future kids) going to school and growing up in the area?

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job? For me it was geography. We wanted to be near family for extra help and support with our small children.

Anything particularly unique about your job search? I grew up in this area, so I knew which hospital system I wanted to work for since I did lots of shadowing or medical school rotations with doctors who eventually became my colleagues or specialists I referred patients to see.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? I found both my first job and my current job on PracticeLink. It showed me options that I had not thought of.

Any other advice? Don’t feel like a failure if you move or change jobs. What may start off as the perfect job may change as you and your family change. We all have different needs at different stages in our lives and careers. What may be a great place to practice before you have kids may not work as well with a hard call schedule. You may find that you don’t want to be in a big city or a small town for the rest of your life. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind and moving on when you have changed and your practice has stayed the same.

 

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Christine Bourbeau, FASPR

Snapshot | Summer 2016

 

Christine Bourbeau

Recruiter Christine Bourbeau

Director, Physician Recruitment

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Hartford, Connecticut

Bourbeau, a Connecticut native, has been recruiting physicians for more than 25 years. Learn more about her opportunities by contacting her at cbourbea@stfranciscare.org or through PracticeLink.com.

What surprises physicians the most about their first job search? How ill-prepared they are for it. They don’t learn about preparing for an interview in residency or fellowship; there’s no class that prepares them for a formal interview.

How can physicians better prepare for their job search? Prepare themselves for being asked more behavioral interview questions. We’re not just asking them what they want to do and how many patients they want to see in a day; we’re looking for the right fit, and the behavioral interview questions help us to learn more about the physician and how they will interact with their patients and colleagues. They should leave the interview feeling that they have gathered together all of the information they need to make the right decision.

How has the recruitment experience for physicians evolved over the years? When I first started out recruiting more than 25 years ago, 95 percent of the physicians would come to town, buy a house and settle down. Now, the majority of doctors that I’m recruiting are renting first to see if the job is going to work out and if their family is going to be happy in the area.

What’s most important for you when recruiting physicians to your community? That they will fit in with the people they will be working with. First impressions are lasting impressions. There’s a lot of information we as recruiters gather from the physician after spending a day or two with them, and this information is just as valuable as the “formal” interview process.

How does PracticeLink help? When a physician asks me for help identifying a job that’s not in my community or state, I always ask them, “Are you registered with PracticeLink?” I tell them that it’s where they need to go to find their job. I explain that it’s a way for them to deal with in-house recruiters like myself—you don’t have to sign up with an agency. I tell them that 95 percent of the people who do what I do use PracticeLink. I’m always pushing them to PracticeLink.

 

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