You need an outstanding med school education and high-quality clinical skills to become a successful physician. These days, all job markets are tight, including those within the medical industry. That means you have some stiff competition when it comes to qualifying and winning a job that helps develop your career.
It takes a competitive edge to receive good employment offers. But what does it take to build that competitive edge, so you land the position of your choice, or at least one that brings value to your career? We have some tips for you.
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Attain a Wide Range of Work Experience
Think of your residency as a transition period where you’re converted from a student-doctor to a practicing physician. One effective way to benefit from it educationally is to gain a wide variety of clinical work experience.
Locum tenens is about fulfilling another physician’s duties temporarily. There are trustworthy employment agencies whose specialties are placing interns in locum tenens positions.
Your CV looks better when you’ve interned at more than one teaching hospital. A CV with well-rounded work experience may also include experience with the following:
- Managed care facilities
- Private practices
- Government medical institutions
The point is to use these temporary assignments to engage with senior doctors, learn various types of procedures and treat a wide array of patients. This all contributes to a well-rounded learning experience for a future physician.
Learn Basic Medical Spanish
The Hispanic community is an ethnic group that continues to grow quickly in the US. The US Census Bureau projects an increase to about 66.3 million people by of Hispanic descent by 2020.
That means that as a healthcare worker, you will almost definitely encounter Spanish-speaking patients. Being prepared to comfortably understand and speak medical Spanish helps develop patient confidence and comfort during medical treatment.
Dual Residencies Are Very Impressive
There a huge advantage to becoming a physician with multiple medical specialties over concentrating on just one. As a resident, dual training in specialties that complement one another gives you a wide range of medical skill sets and knowledge.
Yes, dual residencies can be very expensive and time-consuming. But if you can afford it and commit the extra year or two toward completing the second residency, you increase your leverage over competition greatly. This makes you much more marketable and diversifies your medical employment opportunities.
Keep Your Expectations Flexible
When it comes to finding jobs as a physician, don’t sit around waiting for that dream position. Instead, go wherever you’re needed. You’ll build up job security and land an impressive salary over time. It’s very rare that a newly practicing physician gets an ideal position fresh out of the gate.
Toss out your list of “must haves.” Instead, concentrate on being a valuable asset to any position you take on while you establish yourself there. In time, you’ll make a name for yourself with the professionals around you. As you become more established as a quality patient care specialist, more and more opportunities will come your way.
Showing that you can adapt to any environment you’re assigned to is a great way to impress during a job interview. Flexibility is key to gaining a competitive edge over competitors applying for the same job.