Title: OB/GYN and physician laborist
Employer: Covenant Medical Group in Lubbock, Texas
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.