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10 Tips To Help Transition From Residency

Congratulations residents on all your accomplishments!

Your residency is almost over and it’s time for start readying yourself for a career in healthcare. You have been focusing on your academics for the last 11 plus years. You finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s time to find the perfect attending position for you. When do you start? Where do you start? What is important in your search?

We know you’re ready to get out and do great things in the world. These tips from TeamHealth Senior Physician Recruiter, Andrea Peet, will help you prepare you for the recruiting process. Below are the top 10 things you’ll want to remember when transitioning from your residency.

  1. Know what you want – Is it location, academic vs. community, acuity/trauma, money, independent contractor vs. employee. Prioritize these items in order of preference.
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV) –This will take the place of a resume. It will include information such as education, academic training, research, awards, publications hobbies outside of work and other achievements. Download our CV checklist here!
  3. Cover Letter – This will give you the opportunity to express your interest in the position and why you think this is a good match, just make sure you change it for each job application.
  4. References – It’s a good idea to have three to five references. Program director, facility medical director, peer and/or nurse manager of department.
  5. Network – Who do you know in the area? Visit your alumni page, peers from medical school or residency. Attend local sponsored residency events to get to know the company and people.
  6. Research – look up the area you are considering, what type of positions are open at what type of hospitals, who does the hiring for that department, are the schools systems good for families, process for obtaining a license in desired state, housing market, and other hobbies or activities. What does your spouse think? Will they be happy?
  7. Contact- Identify who the recruiter/hiring leaders is at the locations/regions you are interested in.
  8. Interview – Look polished, clean pressed suit or acceptable attire, if you are coming straight from a shift and they know that, scrubs are okay but really, professional attire should be worn.
  9. Follow up/Thank you – Send the recruiter and hiring leaders an email or note in the mail, thanking them for their time.
  10. Contract Time – This is where you will accept the offer and review your contract. ASK QUESTIONS, it’s okay. This should be typically signed no later than six months out from completing residency.

What to learn more about opportunities TeamHealth has for you? You can view our current job listings, or contact one of our helpful recruiters for further inquiries. We hope to hear from you soon!