- Advertise in journals and online;
- Advertise at meetings;
- Tell friends, colleagues and nurses;
- Work with your hospital’s recruiter;
- Send targeted mailings; and
- Be seen at local hospitalist events.
Once you have an applicant interested, it’s time to close the deal. Qualified applicants are likely going to field offers from several groups. Why should the applicant accept your offer over another? Here are several incentives:
- Signing bonus;
- Relocation package;
- Loan forgiveness;
- Title for an administrative role; and
- Opportunity for advancement.
Don’t underestimate the effect of a simple phone call or e-mail to your candidate after the interview. I can’t emphasize how often I hear people say they joined a group because they felt as though they fit in well.
Hiring is a year-round group effort. The most important resource in any hospitalist program is staff. Recruitment, hiring, and retention should be a primary goal of any hospitalist medical director. TH