The article in the American Medical News starts out with this headline:
Many hospitals recruiting doctors continually
Experts say physicians may want to contact health care institutions even if there is not a job listing that’s an obvious fit.
Basically, hospitals are always recruiting. Is that a surprise? “Physicians are in high demand, which means the response rate to their inquiries could be overwhelming.” They go on to say that a physician posting his or her resume can receive 200 to 500 solicitations within 24 to 48 hours!
I am not convinced that the marriage of doctors to hospitals is a good one. Been there. Done that. Twice. But until we break free, that is almost all we have. But buyer beware. Hospitals make it so easy to buy the car but many times it turns out to be a lemon. My advice to any docs looking to join a system is to contact some doctors who have left. Find a way. What hospitals don’t understand is that they spend a lot of money recruiting doctors but do very little to keep good doctors. It’s moronic. It reminds me of this line from Seinfeld:
“You know how to take a reservation but you just don’t know how to hold the reservation. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation – the HOLDING. Anybody can just take ’em”
“Hospitals know how to recruit the doctor but they just don’t know how to keep the doctor. And that’s really the most important part of hiring a physician – the KEEPING. Anyone can just recruit’em”.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY STORIES WHERE YOU WERE RECRUITED, TOOK THE JOB AND FOUND OUT IT WAS A LEMON THEN I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT. A FREE SET OF BACK ISSUES (around 30) FOR THE BEST THREE STORIES! EMAIL ME.