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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Shaun Jester, D.O.

Snapshot | Spring 2016

 

Title: OB/GYN and physician laborist

Employer: Covenant Medical Group in Lubbock, Texas

Shaun Jester DO

Shaun Jester, D.O., recently relocated from Pennsylvania to Texas after finding a new opportunity on PracticeLink.com.

Med School: University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (1999)

Residency: Crozer-Chester Medical Center (2000–2004)

Jester and his family—wife, Lara, and children, Grace and Hope—recently relocated from Pennsylvania to Lubbock, Texas, where he’s now a laborist at Covenant Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Jester is also a former U.S. patent holder, church deacon, and is active in pro-life crisis pregnancy work, anti-sex trafficking efforts and domestic violence prevention.

What’s your advice for residents beginning their search? Don’t settle! There are literally hundreds and hundreds of job opportunities (over 800 on the PracticeLink website for OB/GYN jobs alone!). My wife and I settled on my first job, rather than waiting for one we were both really excited about and felt God’s call. Not surprisingly, the job turned out to only last 10 months, as it was a bad fit.

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? I was able to begin my search on PracticeLink and find a great match within a few weeks. It was nice to have the ability to look for jobs within very specific or broad parameters, depending on my needs.

The PracticeLink physician relations team gave me personal attention, too. My PracticeLink service representative, Brandon, helped me tailor my search to maximize my options as well as inform employers who were looking for someone like me. PracticeLink is a great service; I’ve already told colleagues.

Any other advice? When you are seeking a job, decide if you want to be private, employed, academic or locums. Find out who your partners will be, and don’t be afraid to research them.

You want to think of this as finding a great match. A bad work life can often spill over into your personal life, and life is too short to waste it on a bad work fit. With so many options, there is a good fit for everyone.

 

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Cristiana Angelelli, M.D.

Snapshot | Winter 2016

 

Specialty: Family Medicine

Employer: Baylor Scott & White Health

Residency: UT Houston Family Medicine, 2014

In practice since: October, 2015

Angelelli enjoys swimming, SUP, live music and traveling.

Christiana Angelelli

Cristiana Angelelli found a job in the location she wanted—near her family—by using PracticeLink.

What surprised you about your first post-residency job search?

It was not as easy as I had pictured during residency to find that ideal job I was searching for, my best fit.

What’s your advice for residents beginning their job searches?

Depending on if they are a U.S. citizen or foreign medical graduate, their medical license status, etc., some people may need to start the process earlier than others. Be proactive, always keep your options open, and search for the type of work that would truly make you the most happy.

What was the most important factor in your search for a new job?

Location. I wanted to be in my city and close to my family. I also wanted a healthy work/life balance.

How did you find your job?

Shortly after signing up on PracticeLink, I received a call from an in-house recruiter who found my profile on the site.

Anything particularly unique about your job search?

You have to be prepared for a sometimes overwhelming amount of emails, calls, letters, etc. from recruiters from all over the country. It is ideal to already have an idea of the basics you are looking for and be able to narrow your search (and also, therefore, the amount of people contacting you).

How did PracticeLink help you in your job search?

PracticeLink has been greatly helpful in my job search. Once I uploaded my profile on PracticeLink, the job offers started taking off. I very quickly received a job offer from a recognized institution in the city I was looking for and have now signed the job! Thank you, PracticeLink! It got me the job I wanted.

 

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