We recently have begun the search for an associate physician to join our practice. Our doctor has been in practice for 32 years and we have a thriving practice that he wishes to turn over to just the right physician partner.
Most of the candidates that have sent their CV and resumes to us live in other states than where our office is, so the interviews so far have been over the phone.
The candidates have mostly been young physicians that will be graduating from their residency programs next summer. What I think is so interesting is the fact that these young men and women have graduated with their BS, then attended four years of medical school and three years of residency and really have had little time to think about what they want from all of their efforts.
They have listened to many people along their journey, parents, colleagues, teachers, and friends. Many of these people have greatly influenced what they “think” their decision should be whether it is working in a big physician group, solo practice, partnership, hospital or clinic employee. But when asked, “What is it that you want once you are done with your residency?” They just are not sure. The jury is still out on what they think their “dream job” is.
Our first candidate will be coming to shadow our doctor and meet with us next week and I have been thinking about what I would like to share with him to help him figure out what it is that he may be looking for as his future position. The last thing, we would want to happen for all parties involved is to hire the wrong person.
I think I have found just the right quote from Steve Jobs that sums up what I would wish for each of these young people.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
I am looking forward to connecting with these young professionals and finding just the right match for our practice family.