Want Help with Your Job Search?

Jane Jerrard

The Hospitalist. 2007;11(5):11-15. 

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Narrow Your Search

When you take these first steps, you'll discover just how many positions you have to choose from. How can you narrow your job search?

"Clearly, [you have] to distinguish the things that are important to you," says Dr. Harris. "There's quite a distinction between an academic and community-based position; you need to think this through before you begin your job search."

Regardless of this first decision, there are universal factors to consider. "As in any job search, you start by thinking about the area of the country you want to be in, urban versus rural, and other factors," explains Dr. Harris. "Then you think about the things that separate [hospital medicine] programs from one another." You'll find you have a lot of choices.

"There seem to be [hospital medicine] jobs everywhere," says Dr. Panwala. "The money is in Texas or the Midwest, if that's what's important to you."

Once you've decided on your general career path and where you'd like to live and work, consider what type of work you want to do. "One thing you should think about is whether you want to see patients in critical care arenas, or just those patients on the floors," says Dr. Harris. "These are very different populations, and require different skill sets. You should also consider whether or not you want to work with residents. Residents work in some community settings, too."

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