After several years of significant effort, you are now ready to begin your search for the perfect medical practice opportunity. Maybe you have already practiced and are looking for a change.

Whatever your situation, you now want to search for a position and it is important that you find one that is a good fit with your knowledge, skills and personal goals.

If you are completing a residency or fellowship, it is likely that the final months of your program will be very busy. In addition, you will be competing for available employment positions with candidates throughout the United States – including physicians completing their training programs and physicians interested in relocation. While you have faced many competitive situations in the past, this time you must set the deadlines, and exam scores will not likely place you at the top of an employer’s list. Consequently, it is imperative to start early with a focused and effective search.

As a guide, we have developed “Conducting an Effective Employment Search” so that you may approach your search in a focused, organized and effective manner. This approach begins with a personal assessment to develop an inventory and prioritization of your goals. Once you have prioritized your goals, it is necessary to establish a search timeline that incorporates your work schedule as well as any personal events that you have scheduled during your search. The search timeline incorporates networking, research, interviews and the evaluation of employment offers. Following this approach you may rest assured that at the conclusion of your search timeline and offer evaluation you will have conducted an effective search and will be prepared to accept an offer. Once this occurs, your search is complete and you can focus on issues related to state licensure, credentialing and relocation.

Personal Assessment, Goal Inventory and Prioritization
Family, Social and Recreation Goals
In the medical profession, the term “quality of life” is often used to refer to the balance between the demands of the profession and everything else. Family, social and recreation goals make up much of “everything else.” Before embarking on an employment search, it is important to complete a personal assessment to better define your social, family and recreation goals.

While you may believe that these goals are already clear, allow some time to think through your goals in these areas. Do not try to prioritize them yet, just write down answers to the following questions:

Do you have specific family goals?

  • Will your spouse find employment?
  • Will you need childcare?
  • Do you desire private schools?
  • Do you desire close proximity to relatives?
  • Do you desire close proximity to specific religious organizations?

Do you have specific social and recreation goals?

  • Are any of the following important to you: educational institutions, libraries, museums, theatre, opera, ballet, the symphony?
  • Do you wish to be near existing friends, settings with a younger crowd or nightlife or other settings where you can meet people?
  • Do you wish to have access to sailing, water skiing, snow skiing, mountain or rock climbing, hiking, running, cycling, tennis, golf?
  • Do you wish to have access to professional sporting events or concerts?
  • What other types of places, organizations or events do you wish to have access to?
  • Do you wish to be near a major airport?

Often, many of these goals can be achieved without having specific opportunities to achieve them in the community you choose to practice in. The real issue may be relatively convenient access to these opportunities. Ask your self these key questions:

  • How often will you participate in these organizations, activities or opportunities?
  • How close to these may you be by driving or by air travel to satisfy your goals?

Professional Goals
By now you have probably given some, if not considerable, thought to your professional goals after residency or fellowship. These goals are probably related to the type of professional setting that appeals to you. Maybe you have visualized yourself in a particular professional setting without really knowing much about the details or requirements involved and how these impact your other goals. Maybe you know that you want to be in private practice but have not given much consideration to the many types of private practice settings. It probably comes as no surprise that the professional setting you choose has relative advantages and disadvantages in terms of other goal achievement. For instance, if you wish to perform medical research or teach, a private practice setting is obviously not a good choice to achieve that goal. There are however less obvious examples. For example, if you want to be in private practice, should you choose a single specialty-group that focuses exclusively on your specialty or should you choose a multi-specialty group where you work closely with other specialists? Should you choose a small group or a large group? Your choice will impact other goals. For example, if you have a goal of devoting a substantial number of evenings at home with your family and you are practicing a specialty with significant call schedule responsibilities, a private practice opportunity with one other physician leading to call every other night may not allow you to achieve your family or social goals. We do not attempt here to provide all the advantages and disadvantages of each type of setting. Your research will help you understand the trade-offs in achieving your goals in these various settings. The intent here is for you to think about the various types of settings and how your professional goals may be achieved in these settings, as well as how other goals will be impacted by these settings. Ask yourself the following questions and think about the opportunity to achieve your professional goals in each.

  • Do you want to be in private practice?
  • Are you interested in starting your own solo practice?
  • Do you want to practice in a single-specialty group?
  • Do you want to practice in a multi-specialty group?
  • Do you want to practice in a small group?
  • Do you want to practice in a large group?
  • Do you want to be employed by an organization such as a hospital or an HMO?
  • Do you want to be in an academic setting?
  • Do you want to teach?
  • Do you want to engage in research?
  • Are you interested in further education and training?
  • How much time do you intend to devote to the profession on a weekly basis?
  • What kind of call schedule are you comfortable with?
  • What value do you place on working with other physicians with backgrounds and interests similar to your own?

Financial Goals
In addition to family, social, recreational and professional goals, we assume that you want to achieve financial independence and build wealth. If you are like most physicians, you have borrowed at some point to fund your education and training and will begin your employment search with student loans outstanding. The sooner these loans are eliminated the sooner your financial net worth will begin to climb. Since you are entering your more significant earning years at a later age, you may have some catching up to do for certain financial goals. Achieving financial independence and building wealth requires diligent financial goal setting and planning. While your starting salary is easy to focus on, recognize that your longer-term income opportunity in your choice of position coupled with careful expense and investment planning is critical to achieving your financial goals. Recognize also that your level of expenses is just as important, if not more important, than your income in achieving your goals. If this sounds familiar, it is because it is a fundamental aspect of developing a budget. Planning your expenses to be much less than your income will do more to help you achieve financial independence and build wealth than merely focusing on increasing your income.

Unfortunately, like others, some physicians live beyond their means and end up in bankruptcy. Given the level of income a physician can achieve in the medical profession, bankruptcy is certainly not an expected outcome. Income is in fact only part of the equation. Anyone can live beyond his or her means, and physicians are no exception. Understand your financial goals and have a plan to achieve them. Of course, unexpected events can derail the best financial plan. Do not underestimate the financial importance of professional liability insurance, life insurance and disability insurance. Always consider professional guidance in areas involving financial risk. Financial investments, including practice buy-ins, equity investments and various business opportunities should be approached with professional advice. Attorneys, accountants, financial planners, and consultants can offer significant and often necessary guidance in helping you realize your financial goals.

Of course, economic goals have an impact on other goals. For instance, if you have an opportunity to earn bonuses based on increased productivity (i.e. more patients, more revenue) other goals such as family, social and recreation goals may be more difficult to achieve. This does not mean that achieving your financial goals requires you to significantly modify your professional, family, social and recreation goals. It means you must clearly understand your financial goals and live by a budget that balances your various goals. Once you understand and write down your financial goals, it is much 4 easier to prioritize these goals with other goals. Again, the purpose here is to identify goals, later these goals can be prioritized with other goals. Consider the following exercises and attempt to develop answers for each question.

Develop a Statement of Net Worth – Where are you now?


  • What is the value of your checking and savings account? _________
  • What is the value of your non-retirement investments? _________
  • What is the value of your retirement investments? _________
  • What is the value of your other investments? _________
  • Total Assets _________


  • What is the amount of your debt? _________
  • Total Liabilities _________

Net Worth

  • Subtract your Total Liabilities from your Total Assets _________

Develop a 24-month Budget – where are you heading?

  • What do you anticipate your minimum living expenses to be each month?
  • What annual amount are you legally allowed to invest in retirement accounts given your chosen position?
  • What amount do you intend to save for unplanned events?
  • What amount do you intend to invest?
  • What amount do you plan to devote to debt elimination?
  • What benefits such as continuing medical education and related travel, health, life and disability insurance, and expenses such as mobile phones will be paid by your employer, which will you have to pay for?
  • Given the above, what monthly cash compensation do you need to meet your financial requirements? _____________

Geographical Preferences – Location
It often seems that initially, the number one item of importance for physician candidates is geographical preference. This is understandable, since it appears to directly affect the achievement of other goals, particularly family, social and recreation goals. In fact, recall the questions from those areas of the goal inventory:

  • Will your spouse find employment?
  • Will you need childcare?
  • Do you desire private schools?
  • Do you desire close proximity to relatives?
  • Do you desire close proximity to specific religious organizations?
  • Are any of the following are important to you: educational institutions, libraries, museums, theatre, opera, ballet, the symphony?
  • Do you wish to be near existing friends, settings with a younger crowd or nightlife or other settings where you can meet people?
  • Do you wish to have access to sailing, water skiing, snow skiing, mountain or rock climbing, hiking, running, cycling, tennis, golf?
  • Do you wish to have access to professional sporting events or concerts?
  • What other types of places, organizations or events do you wish to have access to?
  • Do you wish to be near a major airport?

Clearly, geographical location can be closely tied to realizing your goals related to these questions. Nevertheless, recall the very relevant questions:

  • How often will you participate in these organizations, activities or opportunities?
  • How close to these may you be by driving or by air travel to satisfy your goals?

As previously discussed, many of these goals can be achieved without having specific opportunities to achieve them in the community you choose to practice in. Geographical location preference seems to be the one goal that slowly changes from one of the most important to one of the least important goals once employment opportunities are more carefully evaluated based on non-geographical factors. While you do not want to sacrifice many goals to achieve a few, there are in fact a very large number of potential locations where you can likely achieve your family, social, recreational, professional and financial goals. You may be surprised by the opportunity to achieve your goals in locations that were not initially on your preferred list. While you should keep an open mind to various location possibilities, you should have a sense of the general areas where you would like to practice. Since you will be asked similar questions countless times during your search, answer the following questions.

  • Where do you want to live, east coast, west coast, central, south?
  • Which states are most appealing within these regions?
  • Within these states, do you want to live in a metro, suburban, or rural area?

If you have specific geographical needs necessary to meet immigration requirements, begin identifying areas within your location preferences that will allow you to meet those requirements. You should state in your cover letter accompanying your CV that you have such geographical needs.

Now that you have assessed your goals, it is time to prioritize. Review the goals that you have identified in the areas of family, social, recreational, professional and geographical preferences. Before evaluating and attempting to balance varied goals, attempt to rank your goals in each area from most to least important. This may be difficult at first, but attempt to prioritize for the purposes of this exercise.

Family, Social and Recreation Goals

Goal 1________________________________________________________
Goal 2________________________________________________________
Goal 3________________________________________________________

Professional Goals

Goal 1________________________________________________________
Goal 2________________________________________________________
Goal 3________________________________________________________

Financial Goals

Goal 1________________________________________________________
Goal 2________________________________________________________
Goal 3________________________________________________________

Geographical Preferences – Location

Goal 1________________________________________________________
Goal 2________________________________________________________
Goal 3________________________________________________________

To conduct an effective search, you should determine which goals you believe are the very most important to you; however you should not immediately eliminate opportunities that meet some but not all of these goals. You many find that some goals are met beyond your expectations and that such situations may call for relaxing goal requirements in other areas. For instance, if you have an opportunity that does not satisfy all of your family, social and recreational goals but meets or exceeds your professional or financial goals, you may find that an hour drive to a major airport is sufficient in providing access to other goals. Clearly there are trade-offs between family, social, recreational, professional, financial and geographical preference goals.

Now that you have ranked your goals in each area, it is time to rank goals across areas. Call these goals your top priority goals. Determine which of your goals, while important, are less than top priority. Finally, determine which are desirable but not as important as the others. While it may be difficult to do, it is important to really think about these goals and rank all of them from most to least important.

Top Priority Goals

Goal 1________________________________________________________
Goal 2________________________________________________________
Goal 3________________________________________________________
Goal 4________________________________________________________
Goal 5________________________________________________________
Goal 6________________________________________________________
Goal 7________________________________________________________
Goal 8________________________________________________________
Goal 9________________________________________________________
Goal 10________________________________________________________

Now you can begin your search with a very clear direction in terms of your goals. Once you begin evaluating employment opportunities, consider each of your top priority goals and note that trade-offs that may be required by each opportunity. Recognize that your goals may change in priority once you are evaluating opportunities. You may find that some goals, such as geographical preference become less important to you as you visit new places and meet new potential partners. You may find that goals such as working with other physicians that share similar interests and backgrounds becomes more important to you than access to skiing or sailing. Various trade-offs will become more apparent once you begin evaluating employment opportunities. As you progress in your search, it is okay to revise your top priority goals. As you revise your top priority goals, evaluate opportunities with the objective of finding the closest match to your expectations.

Search Timeline

If you will complete your medical training within the next 14 months, we recommend that you begin your search timeline immediately. In fact, if you have completed the Personal Assessment, Goal Inventory and Prioritization above, you have taken the first step in your search timeline – congratulations. Many aspects of the search, such as creating a curriculum vita, developing a list of references and networking should also begin. Many employers and recruiters begin searching for candidates for available positions 12 months in advance. More often, employers and recruiters are attempting to fill positions 6 to 8 months in advance. Since state medical licensure and health plan credentialing can take up to 5 months, you should attempt to allow enough time for these to occur. While circumstances may vary, a model search timeline follows.

Curriculum Vita and References

You have by now probably developed a curriculum vita (CV). If not, it is time to do so. If you have, it is time to update it to reflect your most recent activities and accomplishments. If you prefer, you can have your CV prepared by a professional firm. Once you have updated your CV, you should create a general cover letter that briefly introduces you and provides any relevant professional information not provided in your CV. In addition to your CV and cover letter, prepare a listing of references to be provided upon request. You should select at least three references and attempt to include those that are in a position to provide information about your knowledge, skills and work ethic based on a recent professional working relationship. Expect employers, or someone on their behalf, to contact your references. Only provide people as references that you have discussed the matter with, and based upon that discussion, you are confident that they will provide excellent references for you.

Professional Networking

Begin your professional networking at least 24 months before you will complete your residency or fellowship program. Keep in touch with those colleagues that completed their training a year or two before your completion and discuss their first year employment experiences. Ask them about the pros and cons of their chosen position. Ask them about issues that were not anticipated. Professional networking provides an opportunity to evaluate your top priority goals based on the experience of individuals that have been through the search process.

Share information with your peers and discuss opportunities that are comparable. Recognize that the key word is comparable. For instance, if a peer is accepting a position in a rural area and will be the only specialist in town, their offer may vary significantly from yours if you are considering a position in an area with many physicians providing services that you will be providing. Ask your peers if they are aware of opportunities that you might be interested in.

Be alert to events such as hosted dinners and lectures by organizations promoting practice opportunities. These are frequently mini “job fairs” and can be an excellent way for you to learn about employment opportunities. If your schedule and budget permit, attend professional meetings and discuss potential opportunities with practicing physicians. Professional meetings are an outstanding forum for networking. Go to these meetings with copies of your CV readily available. Gather contact information such as email addresses and phone numbers of physicians in locations where you have an interest. These contacts may be able to provide information to you regarding practice opportunities that arise in their area and they may also be a source of information regarding physicians or organizations that wish to interview you. In addition to meetings, contact your professional association. If you are not a member, consider the benefits of membership. Professional associations provide outstanding opportunities for you to network with physicians in your specialty. Often, association meetings are an excellent source of employment opportunity information.

Professional networking is an activity in your search timeline that can begin immediately. Professional contacts can provide an invaluable source of information throughout your career. Of course, other people’s experiences differ with varying circumstances. While networking is a source of information, do not rely exclusively on this source. Evaluate the information gathered through networking relative to other sources of information in your research.


It is not too early to begin conducting research regarding employment opportunities. While professional networking is a valuable component of your research, your search timeline should incorporate other sources of information. The Internet is an increasingly valuable source of information regarding employment opportunities. There are a number of websites that provide employment opportunities for physicians. To begin your Internet search, utilize search engines, medical professional association websites, online journals and physician career focused websites. In addition to locating potential opportunities, there are a number of websites such as those found in Appendix A that provide resources for evaluating cost of living, quality of schools, crime, employment and other potentially relevant areas of interest.

Almost all medical journals with classified advertising include such information on their website. An electronic search is in many ways superior to a paper search because opportunities are added and removed regularly. Review medical publication classified advertising each month. Look for available opportunities in general and specialty specific journals and publications that potentially meet your professional and geographical preference goals. If you see an opportunity that appears to meet these goals, contact the organization immediately. Even if you are 12 months away from accepting a position, the potential employer may be in a position to delay the current search, or may anticipate an additional search coinciding with your timeline.

If you are not currently receiving mail and phone calls from potential employers or search firms, you will soon be on their lists. Read and consider these opportunities, particularly those directly from hiring practices or organizations. Often potential employers will advertise and send direct mail to candidates to attempt to fill a position before they engage a search firm. If you are interested in one of these potential employers, it would benefit them significantly from a financial perspective if you would communicate your interest to them and prevent them from having to rely on the services of an outside organization to find you. In fact, money saved from search firm fees is potentially a signing bonus for you!

Once you have reviewed opportunities identified through professional networking, the Internet, medical journal classifieds and direct mail from potential employers, contact two or three national physician search firms. Inquire about searches they are performing for clients that might meet your professional and geographical location goals. Search firms are a valuable source of information regarding opportunities and many potential employers rely on them to find candidates. However, many potential employers do not utilize search firms. Recognize that if a practice hires you through a search firm, the practice must pay a fee to the search firm. While the search firm has earned it’s fee by providing a valuable service for the employer, most employer’s would prefer finding you without the services of the search firm.


It is likely that several opportunities will lead to an interview. Your research will lead you to consider positions and interviews that appear to meet your goals, particularly your professional and geographical location goals. The interview is your best opportunity to determine if the position will meet those goals and your family, social and recreational goals. The interview is important because you have the chance to meet and discuss the position with people that you may end up working very closely with on a day-to-day basis.

Do not underestimate the importance of a first impression. You are interviewing to impress the potential employer with your professional medical credentials, your personality, attitude, work ethic and “people” skills. Many candidates underestimate how important social skills are during the interview. They fail to recognize that many candidates have the credentials, knowledge and skills to fill the position and that the potential employer is looking beyond those required elements. Their decision regarding a particular candidate will also reflect their belief that the candidate is a person that they want to work with on a day-to-day basis. Just as you may have many interviews, recognize that the potential employer likely has many candidates. Your objective in the interview should not be to accept or reject the potential employer – if a position is not offered to you, you will never be in a position to accept or reject it. Your objective is to have the position offered to you so that you may make a decision among others that have been offered to you. This is a best case scenario. Usually the timing of offers often prevent a candidate from “shopping” positions. Many candidates have lost positions that they really wanted because they delayed their decision too long.

Time off

You will need several days off to interview with potential employers. Plan on the average interview requiring an overnight stay and possibly two. Some organizations may invite you back for a second interview, but if possible, attempt to gather enough information from your first trip to make a decision. Most candidates will interview with three or four potential employers. If two to three days are required for the interview, you can see that you will need anywhere from 6 to 12 days off. If you have a spouse, it is a good idea to have them along for the interview. While you are interviewing, your spouse can gather information about the community. Also, many potential employers will schedule an evening event, such as dinner, and it is a perfect opportunity for your spouse to learn about the opportunity firsthand.

Travel Arrangements

In some cases your travel arrangements may be coordinated and paid for by the potential employer. In other cases, you will be expected to coordinate and pay for your own travel with the potential employer reimbursing you for your travel costs. If you will be coordinating your own travel, you might consider contacting a travel agency or visiting an online travel site to make arrangements for your trip. If you will be reimbursed for your expenses, keep all of your receipts and submit them to the potential employer promptly.

Evaluating an Employment Offer

Offer Letter
Some, but not all, employers send offer letters to physician candidates outlining the basic terms of employment. If you receive an offer letter, respond promptly indicating that you accept, decline or need additional time for a decision. Most employers serious enough to make an offer believe they are your top choice. If you request, or take more than 3 weeks to make a decision, it is a red flag for the employer and they may begin questioning your candidacy for the position. While you may not lose the opportunity, it demonstrates that you are uncertain. Recognize that employers are seeking the best candidates and time is very important to them. They are competing with other organizations for the best candidates.
Employment Contract
Some employers may provide a verbal offer and an employment contract for your review. In almost all cases, the employment agreement is a binding contract. You should seek legal counsel regarding the employment contract. In addition to the guidance provided by your legal counsel, consider the areas that follow.

  • Term – How long of a period is the contract for? How many days notice are required for termination of the contract?
  • Salary and Benefits – How are these areas defined and what benefits are paid for by the employer?
  • Bonuses – Is there an opportunity to earn bonuses? What methodology or formula will be utilized to calculate bonuses?
  • Expense Reimbursements – What expenses are reimbursed? Are licensure fees, mobile phones, pagers and CME expenses paid for or reimbursed?
  • Call coverage – What is it and how will it be determined? Will you share equal call with other physicians?
  • Restrictive Covenants – What are they? How long do they apply? What geographical areas do they cover? What is the “buy-out”?
  • Tail Insurance – Who pays for it if it is needed? What coverage levels apply?
  • Partnership Opportunities – If applicable, when will you be considered for shareholder status? Is there a “buy-in”? When will it be defined?

In addition to legal counsel, consider the services of a physician consultant to negotiate financially related issues on your behalf. While many attorneys specialize in healthcare and have experience in physician employment contracts, they may not have certain financial expertise. Attempt to identify physician consultants that have experience in negotiating financial issues on behalf of physicians.

Making the Decision and Accepting the Offer

Your decision making process should include an evaluation of your top priority goals, the information you have gathered from all sources of information and the evaluation of your employment offer. Only you can decide which of your goals are most important. Recognize that it will be difficult to find jobs that satisfy all of your top priority goals. Once you have completed several interviews and are approaching 5 to 6 months from completing your training program it is best to make a decision. In fact, many physicians accept positions 8 to 12 months in advance. With your top priority goals in hand and your offers evaluated, consider the opportunities before you and accept an offer. Often, physician candidates will attempt to hold out in accepting an offer, hoping that another opportunity that meets all their goals will suddenly materialize. While this may happen occasionally, it can be a very costly mistake if your potential employer decides to offer the position to another candidate due to your seeming lack of interest or urgency. This does not mean however, that you should compromise your goals by accepting an offer for the sake of expediency.

By the time you complete a personal assessment of your goals, develop a top priority goal list, interview with several potential employers and evaluate offers, you should feel very confident in your decision to accept an offer. Accepting an employment offer should be an exciting and positive experience. If you are completing a residency or a fellowship, it is the culmination of much hard work and the beginning of a new phase in your career as a physician.

State Licensure

Once you are confident that you will be practicing in a particular state, begin the state licensure application process by contacting the appropriate state licensure board. A request for a state license application should be made in writing to the applicable state medical board along with any applicable application fee. A listing of state boards is provided in Appendix B. Not all state boards meet every month and the amount of time and effort required for the licensure application and approval process varies from state to state. To be reasonably sure that you will have completed the necessary requirements and have obtained your state licensure prior to starting your new employment, allow four to five months for completion. While the application process can begin earlier, you should immediately begin the process once you have accepted an offer and executed an employment contract. Documentation requirements vary from state to state but you should be prepared to document all educational degrees and completion of training program requirements. Some states will require that you pass certain exams, such as a jurisprudence exam. If you anticipate difficulties related to state licensure, you might consider the services of professionals that specialize in facilitating the process of state licensure.

If you have not already done so, develop a professional file with copies of all degrees, certificates, licenses and government permits. You will need access to this information several times throughout your career. In fact, you will need it again before you begin your new employment.


Before you begin practicing, you will need to complete an application for hospital privileges and apply for participating provider status with various health plans. The length of time and requirements for the application and approval process will vary across hospitals and health plans. It is not uncommon for health plans to require up to six months for approval and some health plans may not immediately grant approval.

To obtain hospital privileges you will need to complete an application. In addition, you will be asked to provide copies of the following documents:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current state medical license
  • Current Federal DEA certificate and applicable state controlled substances license
  • Current malpractice insurance certificate q ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Current CME’s q Board certification (if applicable) q Medical diploma q Internship, residency and fellowship certificates
  • Passport size photo

Any affirmative answer to questions regarding claims, suspensions, sanctions or drug impairment on the application will require an explanation. Periods of time unaccounted for during training will also require a written explanation.

The minimum length of time from application to full approval of privileges in most hospitals is three months. During that period of time, all of the information provided on the application will be verified in writing, references will be requested and a report will be obtained from the National Practitioner Data Bank. When all of the verifications have been received, the completed file is sent to the Credentials Committee for approval. Once approved, the file will go to other required hospital committees, which varies by hospital, until final approval by the Medical Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees. The physician will be notified in writing when their privileges have been approved.

Most managed care plans will require that a practitioner have a state medical license and privileges at a participating hospital before they will accept an application. The required procedure to process a managed care application is similar to that of a hospital application. Keep in mind that if application is made prior to completing a fellowship, the managed care plan cannot complete the credentialing process until the fellowship is finished and has been verified.

Seek assistance from your new employer in facilitating the application and approval process. You will need to provide much of the same type of information that is required for state licensure. If you have created a professional file, make a copy for your new employer so that they can begin the application process on your behalf. Some larger medical groups have delegated credentialing which means that a particular health plan has delegated the credentialing process of a new physician to the Group. If your new employer has delegated credentialing with health plans, your approval process will be shortened significantly.


You have nearly completed the steps required to begin your new position. When you interviewed for your new position, you may have met with a real estate agent or identified areas that you would like to explore for housing arrangements. If you have not made contact with a real estate agent and intend to do so, you might consider contacting . In addition, you may contact the local chamber of commerce for a listing, or you might consider an Internet search for agents specializing in your area of interest. Also, you might consider specialized web sites those in Appendix A.

Concurrent with your search for a real estate agent, you should identify two or three reputable moving companies to provide quotes to you regarding the cost of your move. Prior to contacting a moving company, determine if your employer has a contract with a specific moving company. If not, consider contacting high quality national moving companies such as. If you intend to move yourself, you can contact moving van rental companies such as to obtain van rental quotes.

In addition to finding a place to live and moving your belongings, you will likely want to establish local banking and insurance relationships. You can determine online if you current bank and insurance carrier provides services in your new community. Many national banks and insurance companies have access in communities throughout the United States. If you need or desire to change your current banking relationship, consider a bank such as that provides comprehensive products and services. For your life, home and auto insurance needs, consider a reputable insurance company that provides a comprehensive menu of products to meet your insurance needs.


Following the steps provided in “Conducting an Effective Employment Search” enables you to approach your search in a focused, organized and effective manner. If you have completed a personal assessment, developed an inventory and prioritization of your goals, established and followed a search timeline incorporating networking, research, interviews and evaluation of employment offers, accepted an offer, completed the steps required for state licensure and credentialling and have made arrangements for relocation – congratulations! You are about to launch a new and exciting phase of your medical career. We hope this guide has been instrumental in your search and wish you much success in your career.

About the Author:

Wesley D. Millican, MBA, CEO and Physician Talent Officer of CareerPhysician Advisors, LP, and CareerPhysician, LLC, provides comprehensive talent solutions for academic children’s hospitals, colleges of medicine and academic medical centers across the nation. 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. In continuing his commitment to the “future of medicine”, Mr. Millican 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.