Recently, a medical system serving rural Iowa contacted Jackson Physician Search for assistance in finding a new Medical Director to oversee a staff of over 30 individuals, including physicians, advanced providers, and support staff. With the current state of available physicians with child and adolescent psychiatric experience being thin, Tara Osseck, Director of Recruiting at Jackson Physician Search knew she had a challenge to overcome.
Tara made a connection with an experienced psychiatric physician who was practicing in western Montana. Dr. M was only casually seeing what types of job opportunities were out there for someone with his background and experience. He was currently in a private practice setting specializing in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was also the Medical Director for a regional cooperative and had served as a Chief Medical Director.
Dr. M. was the perfect candidate for the Iowa opportunity, but making such a big move, especially when he was only casually exploring the job market, he needed to make sure the opportunity was right for him and his family. He agreed to an interview and the leadership team in Iowa took every opportunity to ensure that Dr. M. and his family would get to know everything about the opportunity and the community. They set up a robust, four-day visit where Dr. M. met with everyone from the administrative team, the leadership team at all of the regional practice sites, and even the Board members. During the meetings, they were extremely impressed with Dr. M’s background and leadership experience leading them to begin discussing bringing him on as their Chief Medical Officer instead of Medical Director. Dr. M was similarly impressed with those he met and appreciated the open discussions they had, including strategic visions, ways to expand service offerings to the communities, and implementation of new programs.
During the visit, Dr. M, his wife, and their young child were paired up with other families from the organization that had similar aged children. They attended a local festival, visited the zoo, and a family dinner with other physicians in the community. Because the organization was so thorough, it put Dr. M and his wife at ease about making the move. If you need some tips on how to make the most of an on-site interview, click here.
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