ASPR Member Profile: Christy Gannon, North Carolina
By Lori Jackson Norris, Physician Recruiter, CHW/Arizona, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Give it your all and keep going until you’re satisfied with what you’ve achieved.” That’s a motto Christy Gannon has used to inspire her work as a physician recruiter with Duke Medicine for more than 13 years.
A native of North Carolina, Christy began her recruitment career with AmCare Physician Search in 1995. “Though it was a great place to learn about the physician recruitment industry, I became less enchanted over time with the search firm mentality,” she said. “When I was asked to join Duke Medicine’s recruitment team, I was excited to join the ‘other side’ of the physician recruitment world. The personal relationships we are able to foster with those whom we recruit are so much more fulfilling and long-term as an in-house physician recruiter,” Christy said.
Christy has been a member of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters for three years. She appreciates the benefit of being able to network with colleagues. “Sometimes we feel like no one really understands all of the little things we do on so many levels to make the entire recruitment process go smoothly, so it’s great to be able to connect with other recruiters in our industry who can relate and share our recruitment stories,” Christy said.
Christy also has been a member of Academic Inhouse Recruiters (AIR), a chapter of ASPR, since its inception two years ago. “Though general recruiting challenges will always be there no matter what venue you’re a part of, there are some aspects of academic physician recruiting that are simply unique,” Christy explained.
In Christy’s opinion, diligence and political finesse are important attributes of a good physician recruiter. “If we don’t have the information we need to explain the opportunity to a candidate, we need to do whatever it takes to get it,” she said.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” Christy advised. “We’ve all had that awesome candidate that commits and then backs out at the last minute, sometimes even after the contract is signed. At the time it’s extremely disappointing, but over time you realize it’s just a bump in the road on your way to finding the right physician.”
Christy and her husband, Pete, have two children, Kelly, 8, and Michael, 6. Spending quality time with her family is a priority, but when she has some spare time, Christy likes to play tennis “and enjoy a glass of wine with ‘just’ the girlfriends!” Christy proudly admits that although she and Pete both work for Duke, they are avid University of North Carolina Tar Heel fans!