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March Madness in the Physician Job Market

Written by: Jerry Ramusack

Today, we’re revisiting an old blog post that remains relevant every March.

March Madness in the Physician Job Market

The summer is coming quickly and you may think all the best opportunities are already spoken for, but, as the calendar turns to March you can count on two things within the Physician Job Search world:

1) Major upsets, and the work time wasted analyzing them, in the NCAA’s version of March Madness, and 2) a bevy of previously unavailable opportunities opening to Medical Providers that can begin this calendar year. 

Since I have no horse in the NCAA race, I will leave the tourney review to the talking heads on ESPN.

However, having been through many Spring Recruiting Seasons, I do have some insight into the reasons behind the sudden availability of many new opportunities and why I refer to it as March Madness. 

For job-seekers that intend to make a move in the summer, which is a very high percentage of all physicians that will move within the calendar year, March and April are likely the biggest decision making months of the year. Summers see the most movement of physicians for a couple of reasons; 1) Graduating Residents and Fellows are starting their careers and 2) Providers with children are seeking to complete their moves in time for their kids to be enrolled in their new school system.

Graduating Residents and Fellows are a highly sought after group of providers, with many options to consider. With that being the case, many will choose to entertain several interviews that meet their desired search parameters. Along the way, they may verbally commit themselves to more than one opportunity. On their journey to secure an opportunity that is seemingly custom made to meet their desires, they may negotiate with several different opportunities at once. When it comes down to making a decision, it is easy to do the math and see there will be several employers still looking to secure providers for slots they had counted on as being filled. Many of these employers with the sudden available opportunities are often times in highly desirable major metros and/or college towns.

Graduating Physicians are not the only candidates who may leave a potential employer twisting in the wind. Practicing physicians (those typically seeking their second or greater, post-training job) tend to be more cautious in making a commitment to a new organization and in many cases, when a current employer makes an enticing counter-offer in a last-ditch attempt to hold onto a known asset, they chose to remain in place (something the Wall Street Journal says you should never do).  A change in family needs may also force a practicing physician to remain in their current position, once again leaving an employer holding the bag. Almost all of these physicians will eventually reopen their searches because the original factors that drove their search remain unresolved, but in the meantime their decision opens up another set of previously unadvertised, nationwide opportunities. 

If you are prepared to conduct a thorough search and then act decisively when an appropriate position arises, NOW is a great time to be starting a job search; especially if your goal is to be working in a new location between now and year’s end. The old expression, “He who hesitates is lost” is very apropos at this time of year and soon the best positions will be taken, not necessarily by the most qualified for a job, but by those candidates who aggressively pursue the opportunities their search uncovers.

Call now to speak with one of our Physician Placement Specialists.  800-880-2028

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Five Tips to Ace an Onsite Interview

Written by: John Avila

How do you secure your dream job? The answer is simple, ace the onsite interview. This is your chance to shine and the employer’s chance to put a face to the name and see firsthand how you will mesh with the practice and business model. You will have the chance to see the operation and to make an informed decision on an offer. In my experience, maximizing the site visit opportunity almost always turns into getting a good employment offer. Here’s what you need to know to have a successful interview.


  1. Remember, the primary goal of the site visit interview is to be offered an employment contract, not to decide if you want to take the job. The secondary goal of the site visit is to gather as much information as you need regarding the practice, the team, and the community. It is your chance to see for yourself the practice and other physicians in action. Spend some time getting to know the community and the people you will be working alongside; the more you know about these aspects the easier your decision will be.


  1. Treat the entirety of your site visit as the interview opportunity. I have seen too many physicians ace the 90 minute interview section of their visit, but then misrepresent themselves by letting their guard down in a lunch or dinner social setting. From the moment you meet your recruiter or point of contact with the group, until the time you leave, you are being interviewed. Treat everyone you meet with, including supporting staff, administration professionals, etc. as if they are on the interviewing team – because often times they are!


  1. Ask about compensation during the interview (preferably towards the end), but take special care not to negotiate anything at this time! If you recall from my previous blog post, it is a best practice to avoid discussing compensation values during the initial telephone interview. Although, if you did have a chance to discuss how the compensation is structured, now is the time to discuss that further. Remember, the goal is to be offered the job first. Most practices are willing to negotiate compensation, but it makes no difference if they don’t offer you the job. Work closely with your recruiter both before and after the site visit to discuss compensation goals, the value of the offer, and how to tactfully negotiate the compensation to the most practice and physician friendly values.


  1. Unless you are totally opposed to proceeding any further with the opportunity, ask for the job. It shows a high level of enthusiasm and engagement to be proactive in asking for the job after a successful site visit. Even if you are on the fence, or need time to fully digest everything you’ve learned about the opportunity to this point, having an executable employment offer in hand after a successful site visit is the ultimate goal. You have nothing to decide upon if they don’t offer you the job. Be enthusiastic and proactive in joining the team if the opportunity is a good fit this will put you in a great position to negotiate finer details if not every single detail is to your liking.


  1.   Express gratitude and thank your contacts for their time (and even use their name – “thank you Mr./Ms. ____”) to create a personal connection and communicate your appreciation for the hard work that employers put into the recruiting process. This is an easy way for you to set yourself apart from other candidate: be a gracious and considerate candidate.

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Five Tips to Ace a Phone Interview

Written by: John Avila

Hello! Thank you in advance for taking the time to review my first blog post. This is going to be first of many! Here at Curare, we have over 25 years of experience in physician recruiting. I am happy to share some of our data-driven principles that will lead you to your ideal job.

The initial telephone interview is one of the most important interactions you will have with a prospective employer. It is their opportunity to put a voice to a name, and get a sense for who you are and what you’re about. In my experience, maximizing the telephone interview process reliably leads to more site visit invitations, contract offers, and ultimately a greater freedom of choice on where you will be taking your career.  Here are five tips to telephone interview success.

  1. Remember that the primary goal of the telephone interview is to be invited for a site visit, not to decide if you want to take the job. The secondary goal of the telephone interview is to gather as much information as you need/can regarding the practice, the team, and the community. The people you work with and the community are two non-negotiable points in the recruiting process, the more you know about them the better your decision will be at the end of the recruitment.


  1. Ask questions about the practice, the facility, the operation, the community, etc. Employers will be immediately receptive to a candidate who appears engaged in the process. Remember that these folks work very hard to showcase their companies and their communities, Ask them what they’re proud of and most likely they will provide you with excellent information, and you will stand out as a stellar candidate at the same time.


  1. Unless the employer prompts you or brings it up first, avoid discussing compensation numbers and especially avoid negotiating compensation at this stage. On the other hand, it is very beneficial to ask questions regarding the structure of the compensation package: is the compensation an income guarantee or a base salary? Are there bonus or ancillary income opportunities? Jumping straight into a “How much does this job pay” will generally leave a negative impression with the employer. Remember that until you have an executable employment agreement from the employer, you have no decision to make and nothing to negotiate over.


  1. Unless you are totally opposed to proceeding any further with a specific opportunity, ask for an in-person interview. Check your calendar and have the dates you can visit ready to share.  Make your objective to secure a site visit date while you are already connected with them on the phone. It will never be easier than right at that moment to capitalize on the employer’s high level of enthusiasm for you and translate that into an invitation to go on-site and interview with their team. If you have no intent to continue the recruiting process with the opportunity further, don’t tell them that! Thank them very much for their time, and let me, your recruiter, know your feedback. I will advise the employer about indefinitely postponing the site visit stage in such a way that will leave the door open on the opportunity, should we need to revisit it at a later date.


  1.  Thank them for their time and for the opportunity to connect with them about their opportunity. Expressing gratitude (and even using their name – “thank you Mr./Ms. ____”)to create a personal connection and communicate your appreciate for the hard work that employers put into the recruiting process. Often theirs is a thankless job and it is an easy way for you to set yourself apart from other candidates immediately by being a gracious and personable candidate.


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Livin’ la Vida Locums

Written by: Jayson Lett

Traditionally, locum tenens opportunities provided a means for a physician to slow down as retirement approached. Locums became a way to transition from full time work and the physician could toe-test the swimming pool before the plunge. Now, however, more and more healthcare providers are seeking out locums assignments throughout every phase of their careers. With the growing number of physicians electing to take up locums work, the reasons for doing so have increased as well. Over the last 25 years, Curare Physician Recruiting has seen the number of reasons grow with easing into retirement almost becoming a cliché.

The first and perhaps the most obvious reason to gain employment in a locum tenens position is to supplement your income. Especially in a time where physicians are incurring substantial medical education debt, locums can provide the additional income to help start the process of digging out of debt. Likewise, they can help pay for college expenses for your children if you are so inclined, or, better yet, for your fly fishing expedition to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Don’t forget to send a postcard!

It is common for a physician to bring along his or her family while on a locums assignment. This can become a working vacation of sorts. Here at Curare Physician Recruiting, we have yet to discover an employer that was not delighted that the physician brought along their family. Alternately, you can recharge your batteries without the family and enjoy some “me time”, perhaps working a week and then using another to explore the ski slopes, national parks, beaches or mountain trails. Just imagine your family’s glowing faces as they flip through photos of you swimming with manatees, sipping umbrella drinks and undergoing an excruciating poolside massage. Don’t forget the souvenirs!

Finally, locums in many instances will allow you “try before you buy.” With increasing frequency, locums assignments can shift to full time permanent positions. The doctor can work in the practice environment and community and the employer can see you in action. Look at the locums assignment as a pair of disco pants you really, really like. Are they going to clash with your chevron stethoscope? Is this particular cotton/poly blend going to shrink after one wash? Try it on for size and see how it wears.

These are just a few of the common reasons physicians are choosing to pursue locums assignments. The list is ever growing. If you would like to further explore the potential of working a locums assignment, call Josh Thurston, The Director of Locums, aka The Locums Guy at (888) 296-2581. Or check out our website



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Coffee with Curare 1.18.17

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Join us for Coffee with Curare  <<< click here, a weekly broadcast of the hottest physician and advanced practitioner jobs on the market. This week, we discuss  HOT jobs in Oregon and how you can reduce your student loan debt.

Give us a call at 888-880-2028 to start your job search!

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Coffee with Curare 12.14.16

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Join us for Coffee with Curare, a weekly broadcast of the hottest physician and advanced practitioner jobs on the market. This week we cover job opportunities in tropical locations and give you the inside scoop on the Curare Difference. Learn more about high paying jobs, warm locations and how you can get an edge in the market.

Job Highlights:

  • Primary Care, Neurology, Oncology and Urology on the east coast of Florida
  • Family Medicine, Pediatrician opportunities in St. Croix, Virgin Islands
  • 6 to 8 patients a day, home healthcare opportunity in San Diego, California
  • Primary Care opportunities on the Alabama coastline
  • Primary Care, Hospitalist, all specialist opportunities in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Give us a call at 888-880-2028 to learn more about these positions.  Mark your calendar and join us on January 4th, 2017 as we return to our regularly scheduled time on Wednesday at 9:30 am EST on our Facebook page. 

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Coffee with Curare 11.22.16

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Check out a special Tuesday edition of Coffee with Curare on our Facebook page:  Tune in to access your inside source to the hottest physician and advanced practitioner jobs on the market.  This week, we introduce you to our locum tenens program, give you job details on high paying temporary opportunities and permanent positions throughout the country.

Job Highlights:

  • Family Medicine, locums opportunity near Telluride, Colorado
  • All specialties, locums opportunities in Outer Banks North Carolina 
  • 13 Urgent Care providers needed in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Southern Illinois, within an hour of St. Louis, LARGE GROUP looking for OBGYN physicians  – J1 , H1 Visa candidates welcome

Give us a call at 888-880-2028 to learn more about these positions.  Mark your calendar and join us next week as we return to our regularly scheduled time on Wednesday at 9:30 am EST on our Facebook page. 


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Five Historical Female Physicians

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Today we celebrate National Women Physician’s Day by honoring the 195th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Blackwell opened the door for women to enter the field of medicine. One of the best parts of my role as a Physician Recruiter is working with women physicians every day. Check out my list of 5 amazing women physicians that have shaped our health and changed the world.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

In her early years, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was repelled by the idea of studying medicine. She decided to pursue it after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman. This experience shaped young Elizabeth’s viewpoint and she went on to graduate New York’s Geneva Medical School in 1849 as the first woman to graduate from a United States Medical School. She supported women throughout her career by co-founding an infirmary for women and children while authoring important books and articles that changed the medical field including, Medicine as a Profession for Women.

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

As the first African American woman to earn an MD in the United States, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler graduated from the New England Female Medical School in 1861. During the post-civil war era, she cared for freed slaves that would not have had access to medical care otherwise. She was known as a thought leader in her field due to her book, The Book of Medical Discourses as this was one the first medical publications written by an African American. Dr. Crumpler attributed her love of medicine to her favorite aunt in Pennsylvania, whose kindness and usefulness for the sick was continually sought after throughout the state.  

Dr. Antonio Novello

Born in Puerto Rico in 1944, Dr. Novello suffered from a condition that could only be corrected by surgery. Her family couldn’t afford the procedure until she was 18 years old. This inspired Dr. Novello to study medicine. She went on to become the first female and the first Hispanic United States Surgeon General in 1990, as an advocate on behalf of minorities and women. Her tireless work on health issues such as AIDS, smoking and underage drinking has changed the face of medicine. Her criticism of the tobacco industry in the early nineties led to a change in regulations, removing cartoon characters from smoking advertisements. .

Dr. Susan Love

Dr. Love began a long career advocating for women’s health in 1980 when she became the first female surgeon at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She developed a deep love for helping women with breast cancer and she decided to make it her life’s mission. Known as one of the “founding mothers” of the breast cancer awareness movement, she is an author, professor and member of the National Cancer Advisory Board. She went on to develop the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, an all-female team that studies innovative breast cancer treatments.

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Northrup has changed the way women view their health. She is a leading authority on wellness and she teaches her patients how to live well at every stage of life. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and practiced medicine for over 25 years. She is a best-selling author and focuses her writing on the unity of mind, body emotions and spirit. Her work as an OBGYN has inspired women to live a life of vibrant health on all levels while trusting their inner wisdom. Dr. Northrup now focuses on her role as a respected writer and speaker in Women’s Health.


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6 things I learned in my first 6 months as a Physician Recruiter

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Relationships are everything: Establish a positive relationship with your Physician Recruiter and potential employers; this is the single best thing you can do for your job search. Being available, present and establishing a connection with your contact is what gets the interview scheduled. Even if the job isn’t right fit for you right now, establishing a good rapport will leave a good feeling with potential employers.

Proactive doctors get the job: You are marketing your livelihood, step on up and be proactive. This action will allow your Physician Recruiter to market your skills, and in turn, employers will be more motivated to expedite your recruitment process. A CV that is pleasing to the eye and informative will make an impression and compel employers to give you a call. Remember to ask for an onsite interview during the initial phone call and offer a few dates you are available for a visit. Ask for the contract during the onsite interview. Employers want doctors that want to work with them.

Competition is stiff: Ask your recruiter to be assertive with your job search. You are working with a professional that is identifying the best possible opportunities on your behalf. Push the envelope and open yourself up to opportunities that could work out in your favor. Every time your CV reaches a potential employer, they are reviewing a pool of multiple candidates, in almost all locations.

Trust the process: The process of getting a new job can take anywhere from 60 to 90 days. During that time, work with the recruiter you trust and stick with them through the process. Working with multiple recruiters will muddy the water and work against the momentum of your job search.

Your recruiter is your coach: We work with over 4,000 clients all over the country and have done so for over 20 years. Physician and Advanced Provider placement is all we do. We know the market, the industry, the contacts and the resources you need. Take the advice and feedback given and implement it immediately to see the quickest return on your job search investment.

Work with the best – work smarter, not harder: Here at Curare, time and thousands of dollars go into marketing your job search and securing a job for you. We use the latest technology and industry tools to identify the hottest job opportunities in the country. Our clients trust that we will send them qualified physicians. Working with us gives you a well regarded industry source on your side.

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The 5 Fastest Growing Cities in the US

Written by: Frank Curley

When looking for an opportunity, location is important. Will the area have all the things you’re looking for? Will it have entertainment for your family? Does it have ample nightlife for you and your spouse? Will the area continue to grow and provide a better patient base?

Recently, Forbes put together a list of cities in the US that have had the most prominent growth over the last several years. The figures used in the comparison were population numbers collected from 2000 – 2012 in areas that exceeded a population of 1 million residents. While you may not be able to find a position in some of these cities, you may be able to land one in the surrounding areas. If the thought of living in one of these bigger metropolis areas doesn’t appeal to you, but the patient potential does, you can commute from one of the many surrounding cities to these rapidly growing metros.

Here are the top 5:

  1. Raleigh, North Carolina

    • Growth: 47.8%
    • Nearby Cities: Apex, Cary, Garner, Knightdale, Wendell

    Named after Sir Walter Raleigh, this town is rich in historical value. Couple this with temperate climate (60-80F degree spring and summer) and it is a great location to call home.

  2. Austin, Texas

    • Growth: 44.9%
    • Nearby Cities: Cedar Park, Round Rock, Hutto, Kyle, Leander

    This city is home to several celebrities and athletes such as: Lance Armstrong, Walter Crokite, and Ethan Hawke.

  3. Las Vegas, Nevada

    • Growth: 43.6%
    • Nearby Cities: Winchester, Paradise, Spring Valley, Boulder City, Henderson

    Las Vegas is ripe with tourism, casinos, conventions and various other attractions.

  4. Orlando, Florida

    • Growth: 34.2%
    • Nearby Cities: Pine Hills, Winter Park, Conway, Pine Castle, Oak Ridge

    There are many attractions in this area including: Disney World, Kennedy Space Center, and Cocoa Beach.

  5. Charlotte, North Carolina

    • Growth: 32.8%
    • Nearby Cities: Matthews, Mount Holly, Concord, Monroe, Gastonia

    Charlotte is home to many professional sports teams such as: The Carolina Panthers, The Charlotte Bobcats, and several NASCAR teams.


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