How can you find a hospitalist director with enough experience to lead a team of hospitalists? Recruitment can be tough. A reader recently asked for my opinion:
I am searching for a Hospitalist to lead a department in the state of XXX and I’m not finding any leads. On a good day, I can find a new graduate interested in moving to XXX, but I have not been able to find an experienced Hospitalist who has the supervisory experience to lead a department. …and this is an opportunity (full time & permanent) for good pay with an excellent work/life balance. Where would you suggest I look for my Lead Hospitalist?
My first thought is for you to purchase a booth at the Society of Hospital Medicine’s yearly conference and then bombard all the hospitalists with pens and squeezy balls while trying to pocket an email and home address or two.
Happy’s hospitalist group always seem to do well with their recruitment efforts. Besides the local medical schools and residency programs, we’ve found some fine foreign medical graduates over the years that have done an excellent job.
We’ve also had some interesting characters that didn’t work out too well. Regardless, we always seem to have a steady stream of new graduates ready and willing to get their feet wet for 40 hours a week.
Any hospitalists out there have any suggestions on how to find a lead hospitalist to take the troops into battle?
*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist*