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Wesley D. Millican, MBA
CEO and Physician Talent Officer

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Wesley D. Millican, MBA

CEO and Physician Talent Officer
Wesley D. Millican, MBA, is CEO and Physician Talent Officer of CareerPhysician Advisors, LP, and CareerPhysician, LLC, providers of comprehensive talent solutions for academic children’s hospitals, colleges of medicine and academic medical centers across the nation. Mr. Millican is an acknowledged expert in completing complex faculty and executive leadership initiatives across academic medicine. He possesses a longstanding passion for career development of all young physicians and serves as a go to career resource for training program directors and their residents and fellows.

Most recently, Mr. Millican held the role of SVP and Physician Talent Officer for OU Medicine. He joined OU Medicine to lead the development of a cutting-edge academic faculty leadership talent platform. Previously, he was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MillicanSolutions, Inc., for 17 years. The firm was a leading executive search and consulting firm, recognized nationally for its success in strategic leadership initiatives for academic medical centers and colleges of medicine prior to its acquisition by AMN Healthcare in 2015. He served as Vice President of Physician Services at Physician Reliance Network (now U.S. Oncology).

Mr. Millican has long been viewed as an expert in leadership initiatives specific to child health and the academic medical center. He has a total of 28 years of experience in search execution and has completed more than 450 complex faculty and faculty leadership assignments while keeping focus on his professional passions of student education, faculty conflict resolution, retention and succession. Additionally, and in continuing his commitment to the “future of medicine”, Mr. Millican still speaks nationally at residency and fellowship programs. His Launch Your Career ® Series is a proven resource for today’s residents and fellows and has served as a go to resource for program directors over the last 15 years.

Mr. Millican holds an MBA degree, with focus in negotiation strategy and organizational behavior from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and BBA degrees in both Marketing and Management from Texas A&M University. He has been the recipient of the National Institute for Physician Recruitment’s National Honors for Comprehensive Campaign Plans and Strategies and ACMS’s Physician Relations Executive of the Year award. Recognized as a recruiting industry expert, Millican has been published in the Wall Street Journal and was a contributor to Get Paid What You’re Worth, a book by Robin L. Pinkley, focusing on compensation and salary negotiations.

Mr. Millican serves on the Executive Committee of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship, a subsidiary of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, and the Board of the Texas Methodist Foundation and its Institute for Congregational & Clergy Effectiveness.

Most Recent Articles

  • Academic vs Private Practice Ophthalmology

    Andrew G. Lee, MD Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, Iowa The decision to enter academic or private practice is one of the most important choices that a resident can make. This article compares the advantages and disadvantages of each career choice. Academic ophthalmology, like private practice ophthalmology, generally includes a mix of outpatient clinical medicine and ...

Most Recent Terms

  • Case Mix

    The range of varying types of diseases encountered and patient care delivered. Generally speaking, case mix is most diverse in an academic treatment environment and least diverse in a primary practice environment.
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Specialist

    A physician who has special experience and expertise in a portion of the medical field. In most instances specific credentials, including residency placement and board certification must be acquired in order to qualify as a specialist. http://www.deha...
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Tenure

    The employment status of a person who holds an academic appointment that is continuous until terminated by retirement or dismissal. The termination of a continuous tenure appointment is always pursuant to University policy. Only professors, associate...
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Continuity Of Care

    The process by which the patient and the physician are cooperatively involved in ongoing health care management toward the goal of high quality, cost-effective medical care (AAFP). http://www.aafp.org/x6694.xml
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Integrated Delivery Systems (IDS)

    The banding together of healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes and home care providers) as a means to coordinate patient care, strengthen or broaden the range of services, expand geographic coverage, and...
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Independent Practice Association (IPA)

    A network of physicians in a region or community—solo practitioners and groups of physicians—who agree to participate in an association to contract with health maintenance organizations, other managed care plans, and also vendors for the benefit...
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Group Benefits Package

    Services an insurer, government agency, or health plan offers to a group or individual under the terms of a contract, and can include malpractice coverage, CME, paid time off and relocation. www.hhsc.state.tx.us/Medicaid/Med_info/glossary.html
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Economies of Scale

    Situation(s) whereby the cost of producing one unit of a good or service decreases as the volume of production increases. The possibility of spreading costs among a greater number of transactions, inputs, etc. that reduces the overall cost of production...
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • Academic Ophthalmology

    A term used to describe those who seek to improve their understanding of ophthalmic disease through scholarly scientific work, including both clinical and basic science, and the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and publication. "Academic...
    by admin on 05-05-2020
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

    The largest national membership association of Eye M.D.s. Eye M.D.s are ophthalmologists, medical doctors who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye M.D.s are Academy members...
    by admin on 05-05-2020

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