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Introducing Hospital Medicine Special Operations

By Dr. Nathaniel Kesner, D.O. FHM, FACOI, TeamHealth Special Operations Hospital Medicine Medical Director, Southeast Group

The Hospitalist job market continues to see incredible growth.

As a physician completing residency or an experienced physician looking for your next opportunity, the choices are numerous. Hospitalists are more likely to switch locations than any previous physician specialty because of the shift work model. In light of that, every individual has to consider what factors are critical to them in the next few years when selecting their next career opportunity. Moving a home or family is costly and wrought with headache. Careful analysis of what you require personally is vital to finding the right position and avoiding an expensive error.

What if you could live where you want to live?

TeamHealth is taking hospital medicine to the next level with a Special Operations travel team. Interested in traveling while you work? The idea is that you live where you want, but you work shifts in various hospitals of various TeamHealth partners to provide care. With the expanding hospitalist needs at facilities nationwide and TeamHealth continuing to obtain and retain new clients, we are looking for elite physicians that are versatile and that can serve as excellent representatives of the organization across a variety of locations.

The idea is similar to the locum model, but you have the reputation and respect of TeamHealth–a team consistently named on Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Becker’s Hospital Review “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list.

Find your forever home!

The other benefit is that when you find a site and community with which you fall in love, you can make that your home. As a Special Operations physician, you have the flexibility to work with TeamHealth to convert to a full-time permanent position at that site if available. When working as a locum physician, the prohibitive buyout clause in the standard contract can keep you from returning to do the same for years.

What’s required of Special Operations physicians?

What you need to be is an elite physician. We are looking for the best physicians to represent a company who has an excellent reputation in the medical community. The main requirements are that you are board-certified and have a clean background. Rapid deployment and credentialing are often required, so having no restrictions or complications make deploying you to a site much more fluid. We also prefer physicians with critical care experience and the ability to perform procedures because of the varying needs of our hospital partners.

Members of the Special Operations team are in a class by themselves. They give feedback directly to leadership who gives additional consideration to their opinion. They have special educational opportunities, group meetings, and opportunities for leadership advancement. Physicians are deployed to high-performing sites with census management issues, contract retention concerns or to new hospital medicine startups as experts in the field.

Ready to be a TeamHealth Special Operations Physician?

If you are a patient-centered physician, who can provide the highest quality care and partner with facilities to make meaningful change, then consider Special Operations. If you desire to live where you want, don’t mind travel and want the stability of guaranteed hours, then this is your opportunity.

As your career develops and life happens, it is reassuring to know you have options available nationwide with a company you know and trust. To find out how you can become a Special Operations physician, contact one of our recruiters at or view Special Operations page so you can live where you want, and practice where you’re needed.