MidwestMD Career Fairs

Omaha, Nebraska
The Nebraska Medical Center
September 24
3 to 6 p.m.

Omaha, Nebraska
Creighton University
Medical Center
September 25
11 a.m.to 2 p.m.
CareerMD Fairs
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Kansas City, Missouri
Hyatt Regency Crown Center
July 20
5 to 9 p.m.

Dallas, Texas
Dallas Marriott Suites
Market Center
October 15
5 to 9 p.m.

Specialty Conference Fairs
Chicago, Illinois
Society of Hospital Medicine
Hyatt Regency 
May 14 to 17
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May 2009
The Science and Art of Finding the Best Job

Excerpt from Unique Opportunities, Nov/Dec 2008 by Brett Walker, Director of Physician Recruitment for Clarian Health in Indianapolis and President-Elect of ASPR.

As a physician you dedicate much of your young adult life learning everything you need to know to be a physician. Choosing the right undergraduate education; taking the right pre-med classes; passing the M-CAT exam; four years of medical school; residency match process; long hours and difficult rotations during residency; fellowship applications and matching process; fellowship program and, for some, even advanced fellowship training. Let's face it: the road to being a physician is a long and hard-fought battle. The same holds true for navigating your job search.

For those of you who are not aware, we are facing a significant universal physician shortage in the United States.

So what does that mean to physicians looking for career options?  First and foremost, you should not have too much difficulty in finding a position. The reality is that no matter what your specialty, your skills are in high demand. That having been said, remember: as a physician, it's important for you to understand the different types of recruitment professionals and the different options available to you.

The science and art of finding a high-quality position is dedicating much time to the process and knowing what you are looking for in a job. Talk with your peers and network with faculty in your training programs. Try and picture what type of work you hope to be doing in three years.

As a recruitment professional, I encourage you to start exploring your career options at least one to two years in advance of completing your training. Yes, there is a significant shortage but, if you want to land the top positions, you will need to dedicate time and energy to the process and start early.

As a physician, you worked too diligently to become a doctor to settle for an average position. If you dedicate the extra time and energy to your job search, perhaps you can lower the percentage of physicians who up-root and look for a new position in another three years.

To read the full article, click here.

Shortage of Doctors an Obstacle to Obama Goals

Excerpt from The New York Times, published April 26, 2009, by Robert Pear

Obama administration officials, alarmed at doctor shortages, are looking for ways to increase the supply of physicians to meet the needs of an aging population and millions of uninsured people who would gain coverage under legislation championed by the president.

The officials said they were particularly concerned about shortages of primary care providers who are the main source of health care for most Americans.

One proposal - to increase Medicare payments to general practitioners, at the expense of high-paid specialists - has touched off a lobbying fight.

Some of the proposed solutions, while advancing one of President Obama's goals, could frustrate others. Increasing the supply of doctors, for example, would increase access to care but could make it more difficult to rein in costs.

To cope with the growing shortage, federal officials are considering several proposals. One would increase enrollment in medical schools and residency training programs. Another would encourage greater use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. A third would expand the National Health Service Corps, which deploys doctors and nurses in rural areas and poor neighborhoods.

"If we expand coverage, we need to make sure we have physicians to take care of a population that is growing and becoming older," said Dr. Atul Grover, the chief lobbyist for the association. "Let's say we insure everyone. What next? We won't be able to take care of all those people overnight."

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