According to Merriam Webster, the word has nuanced meaning. It can be “a point of view” or “a prospect for the future.” Charging headlong into 2018, you may first think in terms of the future: What can we count on to remain constant next year? What changes do we expect? What will utterly shock us in 2018?
The truth is, we can’t predict the future – and only a few of the factors that influence the future outlook are under our control.
That’s why our point of view really matters. If we look at our challenges as opportunities – and communicate about them with transparency – we will expand the positive impact of the work we do for our organizations and communities.
What Influences Point of View?
Each person’s experience informs their unique point of view. But for anyone who has had a seat at the table with fellow administrators, providers, policy makers and civic leaders, it is clear:
- Strong relationships amplify positive impact
- Transparency is the foundation of strong relationships
What Influences Recruitment in 2018 (and Beyond)?
In 2018, there will be no relief in the pressure to recruit physicians and advanced practice providers, especially in rural, remote and low-income areas. But viewing physician recruitment as an insurmountable challenge can sometimes cloud our vision and cause us to overlook the opportunity to build on our foundation of relationships and exercise transparency, creativity and resourcefulness.
Certainly we will be more constrained by limits on compensation and resources. Fortunately, those are not the only criteria that motivate providers to practice in our communities. Physicians and advanced practice providers want to become valued members of a community in which teamwork and partnerships extend beyond the clinic exam room and hospital walls. Yes, we need physicians, but they need community partners to help them fulfill their life’s work and use their training to promote health. They respond well to clear expectations, transparency about the realities of a practice, and no hidden agendas.
At Jackson Physician Search, it is our job to understand the needs of the hospital or clinic, discover the motivations of candidates, and find the fit that works for everyone from the facility and the community to the physician and his or her family.
Communicating and acting with transparency has the power to transform our communities to become the places where the best providers want to work and live.
If we can declare 2018 as the Year of Transparency, the outlook for recruiting physicians who will fit, success, and stay will be positive.