Once you already have a position(s), it’s easier in some respects to identify a good new position according to the New England Journal of Medicine https://www.nejmcareercenter.org/article/how-to-find-your-second-physician-practice-position-/.  You know what you want in regards to the practice culture and setting, the responsibilities and compensation, what to look out for and how to find new practice opportunities.  In other respects, this knowledge can make a new practice search more difficult and time-consuming to find the right new job.

Given all your practice experience and knowledge, you should spend more time on the initial phone calls

You may be considering moving to another state because it’s closer to family, has a better quality of life, etc..  If it’s an area that you’re not familiar with the practice environment, a lot of research will be necessary.  Depending on the circumstance, I sometimes tell physiatrists in this situation that it might be better to not move as they know the health care dynamics best where they already are.

Most physicians look for a new job because of dissatisfaction with their present job, e.g., compensation, a difficult administration, admitting policies, etc.  It’s important to not make whatever has been the most disconcerting facet of your present job, the sole aspect you’re considering in your new job.  All practice factors should be weighed.

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Given that you know what you want in a new practice opportunity once you’ve had a job, working with Farr Healthcare is helpful because they have a good understanding of their practice opportunities and which ones best meet your interests.  As said by Ms. Parker, “It’s important to narrow the choice from the start, as much as possible.  She recommends that you talk in depth with dey individuals BEFORE choosing to visit the practice – talk with the in-house recruiter, one or two potential physician colleagues, and an organization leader.

Mr. Fowler says that in today’s data-driven health care services nvironment, you should expect the number to be available on practice revenues, procedure and encounter volumes and other key indicators or practice performance.  “It should be a red flag if any organization can’t or appears unwilling to provide these data.”

Ask on the phone about work hours, patient volumes and call schedule.  These discussions will give you an idea of what the entity is seeking.

Physicians seeking their second job should be thinking 10 – 15 years ahead, Ms. Parker advised, by finding out if there are leadership track and associated resources.  You should ask about concrete growth plans or new clinical directions that the hiring entity might pursue.  In particular, physicians should ask directly if there are any plans for it to be sold or merge with another organization.