Letter from the Editor
By Miranda Grace, FASPR, Physician Recruiter, Geisinger Health System, Lewistown, PA
It’s a new year and I’m in a new (physician recruitment) role! This past November, Geisinger Health System and Lewistown Hospital merged to form a relationship that has drastically changed the scope of my job. I’ve had the exciting opportunity to transition from a small community hospital recruiter to a system-wide specialty recruiter. I’m now involved in the placement of physicians at multiple practice sites throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
During the course of this transition, I’ve learned how to be successful in my role. Meeting staff, learning the culture, and even finding where to park have each been integral in my success; however, Charles Luckman put it best when he said, "Success is that old ABC – ability, breaks and courage.”
Shortly before our merger with Geisinger, I attended ASPR’s 301 fellowship course in Tucson. After taking the 101 and 201 fellowship modules, I was excited to finish the program and receive my FASPR certification. Taking each exam was an eye opening experience that tested both my knowledge and my endurance. I absorbed a lot from the fellowship program and thus strengthened my ability to recruit physicians successfully in any organization.
Through this process, I discovered that confidence in your skills and abilities is essential to success in any new position. Starting in a new organization can be stressful enough without doubting what you bring to the table.
Physician Recruitment is a never-ending process. Just when we think all of our positions are filled, others pop up - sometimes out of nowhere. The "daily grind” can be so demanding that we often forget to stop and take breaks.
The most difficult adjustment for me, in my new role, was the difference in volume. Though I’ve learned to manage the higher volume well, my first few weeks were eye opening, to say the least. Remind yourself to stop and take breaks, organize your thoughts, clear your mind and reenergize.
It’s often difficult to have courage, especially in a work environment; however, most of the time being courageous just means being honest. I’ve realized that in physician recruitment, honesty is always the best policy. We must be honest with ourselves when evaluating our own strengths and weaknesses. We must be honest with our supervisors, leaders and teammates because working together requires dependability and trust. And lastly, we must be honest with our candidates, so that the position we’re "selling” them on is the one they really end up in.
Whether you’re in a new role this year or celebrating a long tenure, being successful is important in any stage of your career. Remember your "ABCs” and you’ll be headed in the right direction. When you think you’ve gotten lost, all you have to do is trust your abilities, remember to take breaks and always be courageous!