When a ground-breaking wound care clinic in a suburb of Atlanta lost its sole physician unexpectedly, the practice manager immediately reached out to Jackson Physician Search for help. He submitted a query through the website the day before Thanksgiving, not hopeful that he’d hear from anyone before the holiday. Much to his surprise, Business Development Manager Brittany Lee got in touch right away. The need was clearly urgent, so she arranged an in-person meeting the following Tuesday.
At the meeting, Brittany outlined exactly what JPS could do to find the right physician for the clinic. The practice manager was impressed by the JPS 100% digital physician recruitment strategy, and he specifically appreciated how quickly it could be implemented. He felt the transparent fee structure was more than reasonable and signed a contract at that first meeting. The organization was motivated to do whatever it would take to find the right physician as soon as possible, and Jackson Physician Search was ready to support them.
Searching for a Physician Leader
Brittany teamed up with Search Consultant Sydney Johnson, who visited the clinic right away to learn more about the need. The clinic specialized in administering cutting-edge wound care technology, and the physician would work with a large team of advanced practice providers to treat patients in nursing homes or other homecare settings.
They would also oversee the treatment of patients in the office for injections and diabetic infusions. As the leader of a large team of mid-levels, the ideal candidate would have solid leadership experience. However, the practice manager was clear that the right physician would be compassionate and inspiring in order to be a good fit for the team.
While the practice manager was specific in what type of leader he wanted, he was very flexible with respect to the other qualifications for the job. He was open to a physician of any specialty as long as they were board eligible and had an interest in wound care. They were open to giving the position a Medical Director title, but this experience wasn’t essential. Sydney knew this flexibility would help her find more candidates quickly, and the fact that the position required no call and no weekends would make the job even more attractive.
An Attractive Physician Job Opportunity
Sydney crafted multiple versions of the job posting to share on the JPS vast network of online physician job boards. Through the Jackson Physician Search partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. C saw the job posting on the AAFP job board. He was attracted to the “Medical Director” title, which Sydney had highlighted in one version of the job posting. Dr. C also liked that the job was 100% outpatient.
Dr. C reached out to Sydney by email, and she called him right away. During their conversation, they realized Dr. C had actually known and respected the physician whose role he would be assuming. The coincidental connection seemed like a sign, and the fact that he had experience as a Medical Director in a nursing home made him an excellent candidate. Sydney presented him to the practice manager the very next day.
The practice manager was eager to meet Dr. C, and since he was local, they arranged for him to come into the office the day after he was presented. He hit it off with everyone on-site, so they arranged a virtual interview with the clinic’s CEO, who lived out of state. This too, went well, so an offer was extended immediately. Dr. C signed the contract on January 11th, just 42 days after initiating the search.
Secrets to Physician Recruiting Success
Sydney credits the recruitment success to her client’s flexibility and speed of response.
“They weren’t fixated on finding someone with a given specialty or level of experience. As long as the candidate was compassionate and had a genuine interest in their mission, they were willing to consider them,” says Sydney.
The urgency of the need meant they were also motivated to act quickly. The speed of response allowed the search to move forward even through the holiday season.
The fact that the job came with a competitive salary and great perks also made Sydney’s job easier. However, Sydney’s masterful skill in crafting the job posting and ensuring it was seen by the ideal audience was essential. Together, Sydney’s digital recruitment expertise and the client’s flexibility and responsiveness ensured a successful search on a timeline that beat all expectations.
If you have an urgent need to fill a physician vacancy, the Jackson Physician Search team has the expertise and experience to produce results quickly. Contact a Recruitment Specialist today.
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