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[Case Study] How One FQHC Successfully Recruited Three Family Medicine Physicians

Jackson Physician Search
September 15, 2020


With physician recruitment becoming increasingly competitive due to the growing shortage of candidates and continued maldistribution of talent, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Pennsylvania was seeking a partner to help increase its candidate reach and streamline the process for hiring the physicians needed to meet community demand.

The Medical Director recognized that recruiting physicians to FQHCs posed innate challenges, as demonstrated by the reality that at least 70% of health centers report having a physician vacancy at any given time. In the past, health centers gained an edge in physician recruitment by offering student loan repayment along with “non-monetary” benefits, such as reduced call or a more flexible schedule to increase work/life balance and decrease physician burnout.

Now, organizations of all sizes are using every means available to attract physicians. Salaries and sign-on bonuses are rising, loan forgiveness is being offered, and FQHCs are having to find new ways to stand out and keep pace.


After reviewing different approaches and learning about Jackson Physician Search’s 100% digital sourcing strategy, the FQHC was confident it had found a recruitment partner with the right resources.

With access to more than 400,000 physicians coupled with an unparalleled level of service, the Medical Director trusted that JPS would quickly identify candidates who were a clinical match, as well as a fit with the health center’s mission, values and culture.


Jackson Physician Search initially recruited a Family Medicine physician for the health center in just 91 days, reducing vacancy costs and avoiding the need for costly locum tenens coverage. Pleased with the results and the frequent search status updates, the Medical Director retained JPS for two additional searches. In just one year, the partnership has resulted in the hiring of three Family Medicine Physicians, with a fourth search underway. The Medical Director has also confirmed that he will undoubtedly continue to work with JPS.


About Jackson Physician Search

Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies.

To speak further about your physician and advanced practice provider recruitment needs, please contact Jackson Physician Search.

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