Sometimes, a career move leaves you wondering if it was the right move after all. This was the case with Dr. J., a Board-certified OBGYN who left his native Texas for an opportunity at a Women’s Hospital in the state of Ohio. While his wife and kids stayed behind in Lubbock, waiting for their house to sell, Dr. J. quickly ingratiated himself into his new community, even becoming involved with a local church.
Dr. J. was in a good position at the hospital and knew he had an opportunity to be successful there, but the longer his house was on the market back in Texas, the more he missed his family, his parents, and their extended family. It was around this time that Dan Rixon, a recruitment Specialist with Jackson Physician Search, posted an OBGYN opportunity for a client in the panhandle of Texas. Because of its more rural location, the CEO was looking for someone familiar with the panhandle lifestyle who could lead their expanding OBGYN Department. Dr. J. saw the job on an online job board and immediately reached out to Dan to casually learn more about the opening. He explained his situation but told Dan that he wasn’t quite ready to express any formal interest.
Over the next three months, Dan spoke with Dr. J. about once a month to monitor the progress of the home sale back in Lubbock. Finally, on an evening in June, Dr. J. and Dan had a long conversation about his situation. The length of time it was taking for his house to sell made him revaluate whether or not he wanted to stay in Ohio. They spoke about Dr. J.’s “true” career plans and also what it would mean to be closer to family. Ultimately, Dr. J. decided that he wanted to speak with the CEO and see if the opportunity in Texas was a good fit.
Once they spoke, Dr. J. sensed an immediate connection with the CEO and agreed to a site visit. Prior to the visit, the CEO’s wife reached out to Dr. J.’s wife to get her involved in the process. This made Dr. J.’s wife feel very comfortable, and they made plans for her and the kids throughout the upcoming site visit. During the four-day visit, Dr. J. and his family were overwhelmed by how everything seemed to click. They attended the local high school football pep rally, met many of the other physicians at a dinner in the CEO’s home, and other staff members and several local dignitaries at a well-attended barbecue picnic. And, to cap off the incredible karma that was being generated, Dr. J. found out that he and the CEO had ties to the same college, Abilene Christian University.
Within ten days, Dr. J. was presented with a contract to be the Director of the OBGYN Department. He felt a great sense of relief because he knew that this opportunity was going to be perfect for him. From the connection he felt with everyone he met to how well he and his family were treated and made to feel special during the site visit, Dr. J. is thankful to be back in Texas and closer to his roots.
Whether you are actively or just casually considering a change in your physician career, contact a recruitment professional at Jackson Physician Search today.