Residency and fellowship programs will be graduating a number of new physicians in the next 60 days, resulting in thousands of new physicians entering the work force. While there is, and will continue to be, a physician shortage in the United States, this does not necessarily mean that these new grads will just be able to walk into their choice of dream positions. With that in mind, Consilium Staffing offers new graduates an incentive to try locum tenens as a way to ease into the work force, and now offers residents some tips on how to stand out in the competition for the best jobs.
John Moberly, Vice President of Recruiting for Consilium Staffing said, "the physician shortage means that most new physicians can find work, but the real question is will it be in the practice setting, geographic location, and financial range that an individual is looking for." "There is a tremendous need for doctors in this country, but that does not necessarily mean that new physicians get to take their pick of any position that he or she may want. The market is still incredibly competitive for the very best positions. Here at Consilium, we want to help these new graduates find and land the position they want," said Moberly.
The most recent report by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, ACGME, reflects how the competitive landscape in the medical profession is shaping up as well. In 2002, there were approximately 96,000 medical residents in accredited residency programs. Ten years later in 2012, they now report approximately 116,000 medical residents in accredited residency programs.
To assist new graduates, Consilium offers an incentive to use locum tenens as an avenue to enter the job market. "Locum tenens can be a tremendous benefit to new grads," said Moberly. "You get an opportunity to work in different practice settings and geographic locations before making a long-term commitment. In addition Consilium will take care of the expense for travel, lodging, medical malpractice insurance, and even licensing. It is a great way to test the market before making a long-term commitment. Our new incentive program helps introduce graduating residents to locum tenens as an option."
In addition to providing an incentive to try locum tenens, Consilium also offers tips on how to stand out as these new physicians send out CVs, and start interviewing:
- Review your Curriculum Vitae (CV): your CV is a mirror of who you are. Grammatical mistakes, chronological errors, etc., can really set you back. Have several people you trust review your CV before you start sending it out.
- Consider Social Media: Social media plays a larger role in the job market today than it ever has before. This can represent opportunity and the potential for disaster. Use social media to network and learn about potential employers, but also review your own presence on the internet. Check Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to make sure you are represented the way you want to be. Make sure there are no inappropriate or unprofessional pictures or information posted about or of you.
- References: This can be a difference maker in landing the position you want. Letters of reference are ok, but you will want to make sure that you have updated and accurate contact information for those references. You will also want to contact your references in advance and alert them to positions you are aiming for. You want your references to be as prepared as they can possibly be for when they get the call to recommend you
- More tips can be found at http://www.consiliumstaffing.com or by contacting a Consilium Staffing representative at 877-536-4696
The term, "locum tenens" is a Latin phrase that means to "hold the place of." Consilium Staffing assists hospitals, primary care offices, urgent care centers, correctional institutions, and other healthcare facilities, when those facilities are under-staffed by partnering with physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or physician assistants who are able to provide coverage on a temporary or contract basis. Available locum tenens opportunities can be found athttp://www.consiliumstaffing.com.