AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Special Feature

AMA social media, online resources help physicians find jobs

AMA social media, online resources help physicians find jobs

The use of social media for health care employment is on the rise, with 48 percent of health care professionals saying they used social media to network in 2011, up from 37 percent in 2010.

That's according to a recent survey by recruiting firm AMN Healthcare. The survey also found that one in three health care professionals used social media for job searches in 2011, while the previous year saw just one in five using social media. In addition, twice as many respondents reported that they secured a job through their social media search efforts last year than respondents in 2010.

As social media plays an increasingly important role in finding health care employment, the AMA connects physicians and other health care professionals to the resources they need for a productive job search.

For medical students and graduates looking for a fellowship or residency position, the AMA's FREIDA Online® database provides detailed information about more than 9,000 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as well as nearly 100 combined specialty programs. The database is easily searched by specialty, location, size, setting and other criteria.

AMA members who have already completed their training can take advantage of the AMA's tips (AMA log-in required) for preparing a CV, writing cover letters and preparing for a job interview. Physicians can join the AMA's LinkedIn community to network with colleagues around the country, and the LinkedIn jobs group features physician positions nationwide.

Thousands of job openings—searchable by location, specialty and keyword—also are available through the JAMA Career Center. By creating a free account, physicians can save jobs of interest, upload CVs and cover letters to easily apply for new job openings, and set up email alerts so they know whenever new jobs matching their specific criteria are posted.

Information about 80 other health care careers also is provided in the AMA's Health Care Careers Directory, which gives a detailed description of each career and its employment characteristics, basic salary information and educational requirements.