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.