As you look to advance your physician career with a new job, the most important question you must ask yourself is why are you considering a change? Your reasons will drive how you approach your job search and help you make the best decision when evaluating opportunities.
Physicians and Advanced Practice professionals are living examples of how supply and demand works based on the wide variance between current need and the number of practicing caregivers. In 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges commissioned IHS Inc. (now IHS Markit), to analyze the state of physician supply and demand through 2025. According to the report, based on demand, the deficit of available physicians will be between 46,100 and 90,400 by 2025.
What this means for doctors and advanced practice providers is that opportunities are plentiful and competition for your services is higher than ever. The time is right to advance your career with a new job. Here are things to consider:
Finding the right fit for you and your career.
Fortunately, having chosen a career that is in such demand, you have plenty of options. Hospital administrators are finding out that culture and fit are far more important to physician retention and engagement than ever before considered. For you, this means that you can take the time to weigh your options and select a position that fits your personal or professional life. It also means you can take a position across town or across the country. If you’re looking for a lifestyle change, chances are there is a position available to facilitate that change.
Step up the career ladder.
Have you reached a point in your career where you want to have more say in how things are done in the workplace? Many experienced physicians are deciding to explore leadership positions. As a physician executive, the leadership and management within healthcare organizations is a natural next step. Hospital systems, medical schools, even insurance companies all need leaders with your skills and experiences. If you envision being in the C-suite one day, the time to begin that climb is now.
Shape the next generation of healthcare professionals.
If you still enjoy patient care but need a change from day to day patient-facing positions, teaching the next generation of physicians may be an option. You can impart your wisdom and experiences to third- and fourth-year medical students, train residents in their specialty, or teach physician assistants.
No matter which direction you want your career path to take, the good news is that the job market is robust and anyone who is committed to making the most of their career will have ample opportunity to do so. Take some time and brush up your CV or resume. You can ease the burden of searching for a new job joining forces with an experienced physician recruitment team like Jackson Physician Search. Our physician recruitment experts take the time to understand your needs, and our nationwide reach means that you will be exposed to the opportunities that provide you with the best fit for your future.