Career Countdown

As fellows approach their final year of training, we hear a lot of the same questions…

When should you begin your permanent job search during fellowship? What is the best resource for finding a community that fits your personal and professional life? How about contract negotiations?

We want to help! Here is our step-by-step guide to help you prepare for your search, find that dream job, and land it.

The following articles are arranged into 3-month sections, counting down to your future start date, so you can plan ahead or read as you need!

Good Call Advice

16-12 months prior to practice

1Obtain salary information for your specialty in areas you are interested in. 

2020 Physician Compensation Reports

You've worked hard throughout medical school, then residency, and now fellowship. How will that reflect in your salary and benefits? [display_register_button url=""]

2Identify your personal needs and desires (community, schools, cost of living) 

Communities and Living expenses

Communities and Living Costs

Where in the world will your career take you? From big cities to wide open spaces, the US offers an abundance of options. Click to Read

3Evaluate your professional needs and goals (location, climate, practice type, etc.) 

Sneak Peek: A Day In The Life

Fellowship provides a lot of great insight, but what does clinical practice look like in other locations or settings? Click to Read (free)

Good Call Advice

12-8 months prior to practice

4Search for job openings in the areas you are interested in

Searching for your ideal job

There is a vast array of employers and jobs in the US to choose from - where do you start? Here are some tips to get the ball rolling... ? Click to Read(free)

5Create or update your dynamic and professional CV and cover letter

5 tips for a great CV (and cover letters, too!)

Your CV is often the first contact you have with potential employers. Instead of just dusting off the old CV you have and sending it out, here are 5 tips to help you create a CV that will make a real impression
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6Display your personal brand from your new CV across online platforms and build an online social media community. 

Social Media for Physicians

Social media has evolved into a valuable tool that can be used to educate, collaborate and advocate, and can often be a great creative outlet. It can also be the first impression you give to employers, so it's a good idea to be intentional with your online identity Click to Read

Good Call Advice

8-3 months prior to practice

7Prepare for phone, virtual and onsite interviews

Interview like a pro!

You found the job, submitted a stellar CV, and now they want to meet you? No pressure - it's nothing you and a little preparation can't handle! Click to Read

8Have an understanding of employment contracts and your offer priorities, and locate a lawyer in the state to review the agreement 


Employment Contracts and Negotiations

Signing your first employment agreement is arguably one of the most important parts about landing your first permanent position. Click to Read

9Obtain your credentialing packet from MLS for privileges and apply for new licenses 3 months prior to practice

Licensing and Privileges

Time to start planning for your license. Here's a table indicating the average amount of time to get a state license. Some states also participate in the Interstate License Compact.* See below to learn more about eligibility to participate. Click to Read (free)

Good Call Advice

3 months prior to practice

10 This time will be spent confirming privileges and professional insurance are in place, potentially relocating to a new state and getting to know your new colleagues

Credentialing 101

Now that you have the job, the next step will be the Credentialing Process. If you have been through it you know what to expect. If you haven’t been through it, it will be an eye opener Click to Read (free)

Do you know what your CMS account says?

When you get privileges to work or moonlight, the facility has also likely enrolled you with their payors. Click to Read

How to read a COI

When a physician applies for privileges at a hospital, they are required to have professional liability insurance. When that physician is an employee of the hospital, the insurance is provided by the employing facility
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