Preparing Your CV
Your Curriculum Vitae is most likely going to be the first impression that a practice or hospital has of you, so make sure it paints the picture that you want. A few bits of advice for CV writing:
- Pick a format and be consistent. You should not have any gaps in dates.
- CV should not be lengthy (1-2 pages is appropriate for a resident/fellow) and include a cover letter.
- Include your present and permanent address, phone, pager and e-mail address.
- No typos! Have one or two others proofread to ensure you haven't made any mistakes.
- If you are just beginning to think about constructing your CV, you may want to use this sample as a guide.
For more information, contact Sarah Chamness-Arseneau
Find the Perfect Opportunity
Whether you are seeking your first practice opportunity post-training or have been in practice and are ready for a change, HCA has hundreds of practice settings across the country. So how do you sort through so many opportunities? Here are a few initial steps to kick-start your search:
- Pick two or three geographic locations where you would like to practice.
- Use the Search for a Career form to input your search criteria. You can also use the simplified search function on our homepage.
- Browse the opportunities listed and identify those that you'd like to learn more about.
- E-mail the recruiter listed on the opportunity or apply online.
- If you are interested in more than one location or opening, contact us to find a recruiter in your specialty.
- Our recruiters are in-house, HCA employees who live and work in the geographic areas where we have practices. They are knowledgeable about the communities, hospitals, practices and physicians and are here to assist you throughout your search.
For more information, contact Amanda Eidson
Selecting a Practice
Much like a marriage, selecting a practice is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make. Finding partners who have similar practice styles along with similar values and goals is very important to your long-term success and happiness. Below is a list of considerations when you begin talking with practices:
- Practice setting (solo, small group, large group, employment, academics)
- Partnership considerations and timeframe
- Long-term potential
- Practice philosophy
- Short and long-range goals of the group
For more information, contact Ali Gressman
This part of your job-hunting process should be enjoyable and fulfilling, but there are key things to keep in mind when you interview. You are probably going to have phone interviews as well as on-site interviews. Here are a few tips to enhance your skills:
- Avoid interruptions or distractions
- Stay calm, listen carefully
- Pause before answering any questions
- Have your CV and schedule in front of you
- Don't appear overeager or desperate
- Investigate the hospital, practice and community before you visit
- Arrive 15 minutes early
- Bring extra copies of your CV
- Have a firm handshake
- Practice good eye contact
- Have a list of questions to ask
For more information, contact Mary Copeland
It's been a long time coming (so it probably seems), and once you've found one or two practices that you want to seriously consider, you're going to have a lot to think about! Typically an offer is made once the physician comes back for a second visit. Below are factors to consider when evaluating your offer(s):
- Compensation – you can research MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) for national average compensation ranges for all specialties
- Consider the total compensation including all benefits
- Consider the role/percentage of productivity
- Supply and demand, rural vs. urban areas
- What will happen after the first year?
- Will the group impose a non-compete, restrictive covenant and/or liquidated damages?
It is imperative that you have a small team of advisors whom you trust to review all of this with you. An attorney and accountant can be extremely helpful to ensure that the offer meets all of your requirements.
Available educational opportunities
HCA provides educational opportunities across the country, discussing these topics in detail. Find out how you can attend one of our seminars!
For more information, contact Francesca Green
Things to Know When Relocating
Selecting your first practice opportunity or pursuing a career change often includes the decision of relocating. While feeling excited for your new adventure in life, you may also feel stress about moving to a new location. There are many questions and steps to consider when relocating. Here is a timeline and to-do list to ensure a smooth move:
6-8 weeks before the move:
- If your new employer is paying for your move, contact them for a suggested list of moving companies
- Obtain at least two quotes from different moving companies
- Start taking inventory of what you plan to move
- Begin to donate and discard items
- Keep in mind peak season for moving companies is May 15 – September 15
4-6 weeks before the move:
- Contact your mover to begin coordinating your moving schedule
- Notify important friends and business partners about your departure
- Make necessary arrangements with your utility companies and business accounts
2-3 weeks before the move:
- Throw going-away parties for your children or closest friends
- Make plans for your cars and travel arrangements
- Begin to pack one room at a time (keep similar items together and pack less frequently used items first)
- Notify the US Postal Service of address change
1-3 days before the move:
- Pack your family's suitcases
- Pack an "instant aid" box (a box full of items you will immediately need upon arrival at your new home)
- Make a final check that your utilities are switched off and the house is properly locked
- Assign responsibilities for each of your family members, including children, to unpack your belongings
- Get comfortable in your new home
- Find your new post office, dentist, doctor and other local services
- Ensure proper records are transported from your old location
- Meet your neighbors, and explore fun places to visit in the local community
- Enjoy your time in your new practice
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Practice Growth Playbooks
HCA Physician Services Group offers physicians the infrastructure and support to provide patients with the highest quality of care and access to leaders with deep expertise that covers a wide array of operational and clinical subjects. Our playbooks offer clinical and operational leaders the insight and guidance to grow and improve their practices across various specialties including cardiology, primary care and OB-GYN, with more added soon. Complete the form below to review some of HCA Physician Services Group’s best practices playbooks.