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Own Your Job Search

As you approach the end of your residency and begin your job search, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Where do you start? Are you asking the right questions? Finding your dream career can be daunting. This question and answer guide can help you choose a company that’s a good fit. It’s your future. Own it!

Want some guidance? The knowledgeable recruiters at US Acute Care Solutions are available to help you navigate your search. Reach out to get started.

Location

  • How flexible is location?
    • Where you work can have a huge impact on how much you enjoy your career. At the start of your job search, you should first evaluate your location preferences. You’ll want to consider the culture of an area, the distance from family and friends, the weather and more. How strict are your requirements? Once you have a location in mind, that will help narrow your search.
    • At USACS, we know location carries a lot of weight. We offer emergency medicine and hospitalist careers, amongst other specialties, from New York to Hawaii. And if you don’t have a location in mind, consider a traveling clinician position. You can work throughout the country where staffing is needed and get a feel for many different locales.

Medical Malpractice

  • What type of malpractice insurance does the group offer? What is covered? Who pays the tail?
    • We hope you never have to use malpractice insurance, but unfortunately, malpractice claims are a reality in emergency medicine. When researching companies, it is crucial to learn the details about what they offer for malpractice risk management and patient safety.
    • USACS is the only acute care provider that owns its own malpractice insurance company. We get to make the rules, and as a result, we have the best medical malpractice including tail. Our coverage is seamless, and our Litigation Stress Support Team is unrivaled. No one in our organization has to face a lawsuit alone. We do it together. And our clinicians are sued half as often as the national average due to our malpractice plus risk management and internal continuing education programs.
  • Are there any policies or programs for high risk clinical scenarios that decrease risk and increase patient safety?
    • Working in the clinical space can come with some risk. It’s important to learn about the policies in place at each hospital so you know you’re covered.
    • At USACS, we offer FailSafe, a program that provides clinicians with 24/7 phone access to experienced, senior physicians. This helps reduce risk and ensure you’re never alone in managing a potentially risky situation.

Retirement Program

  • How much does the group fund? When does funding start? Is the fund transferable when I leave?
    • Your future is important! Don’t forget to find out all the details about your retirement plan. USACS has an industry leading, 10% company funded retirement package. Take whatever your pay will be and add 10%. That’s what USACS contributes to your retirement, so you’ll be set up for long term success.

Health Insurance

  • What does it cover? What is the monthly cost to me? Who does it cover?
    • Navigating health insurance benefits can be complicated as every company provides slightly different coverage. Make sure you have a conversation with your recruiter so you understand the details and can decide what is best for your personal situation.
    • At USACS, we offer market competitive benefits. You deserve quality, affordable healthcare, so we offer employees four comprehensive medical plan options. Contact a recruiter for more details.

Career Advancement and Continuing Medical Education

  • Is there an expense account for CME and/or business-related expenses? What is the annual amount?
    • As a clinician, it’s critical to stay up to date with your continuing education, and you want a company that will make it easy for you.
    • At USACS, you receive up to $8,000 for your first year and $4,000 annually after that. We all have a stake in your development as a clinician, so CME and BEA are on us.

Staffing

  • How many hours per month are required for full-time status? What are the average shift lengths? How are time off requests handled?
    • It’s important to ask about hours to make sure you are getting an adequate amount of work without being overworked. Many clinicians experience burnout from lengthy shifts and larger-than-average caseloads. Have this conversation when you’re searching for a job so you can find the right balance.

Contracts

  • What is the termination/notice clause? Are there noncompete or restrictive covenants?
    • The topic of termination can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary to discuss this at the outset of your employment, as every employment relationship will eventually end whether it be by termination, retirement or voluntarily. There are several types of termination clauses and they can vary. You should know the details so you don’t end up getting caught off guard.

Compensation

  • What is my total compensation? What is the average salary for new and senior physicians?
    • Before signing a contract, it is important to understand the details of your compensation and the related terms. Each company’s policy will differ, so make sure you ask these questions and get the answers in writing.

Work Environment

  • What is the work environment like? Is the ICU open or closed? What are the procedures or codes on the floor? Are students, APPs and residents on staff?
    • Don’t forget to ask these work environment questions to make sure you have a clear picture of the assignment you are considering. This will help you find the best fit for your preferences.

Hospital Contract

  • When was the hospital contract renewed and when does it come up again? How long has the group been there?
    • In any career, stability is important. When entering into a contract, be sure to do your research on the background of the hospital. Ask these questions to ensure your company has a stable partnership with the hospital you’re considering. You’ll be able to minimize your risk and feel better about the contract terms.

Interview Process

  • Who do I interview with? Do I get to meet hospital leadership? Does the group pay for my transportation and hotel?
    • Each company treats the interview process differently, so remember to ask about the details before assuming certain expenses will be paid if you need to travel for an interview.
    • At USACS, we lay out the red carpet for our interviewees. Each interview is customized to the individual, but you can expect to experience the USACS culture, community tours, meet and greets with the USACS team and a group dinner. Contact a recruiter to learn more about what is included with your interview, such as travel and hotel accommodations.

Ownership

  • Who owns the group? When is ownership offered? What is the cost of buy-in?
    • When you have ownership in your workplace, you have a say. You have a strategic seat at the table and equity in the company. Employee owners are invested in each other’s success and in the success of the company as a whole. You want to be more than a shift worker. You want to be a true partner.
    • At USACS, you don’t just work for a company. You are that company. We believe ownership matters, and our culture of physician ownership leads to better patient care. The day you become a full-time clinician with USACS, you become an owner. You own shares in the company, and they increase over time.

Contact a USACS recruiter to get started owning your job search.

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