Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Career fair connects job seekers with group practices
Physicians and medical students interested in working for a group practice—whether it be soon or someday—enjoyed exclusive access to 10 of the nation's top groups June 15 during the AMA's first-ever Group Practice Career Fair.
Representatives from Mayo Clinic, Henry Ford Health System, Permanente Medical Group, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and others were on hand to answer questions and talk about their respective institutions during the daylong event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Physicians and students also met with spokespeople for the JAMA Career Center, which offers thousands of current job openings across a range of specialties and locations.
Physicians and students filtered in and out throughout the day, including Steven Cox and Nicole Van De Velde, first-year students at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Both went from table to table learning as much as they could about the different groups and specialties.
"This is a unique opportunity that most people don't get in medical school," Cox said.
The uniqueness goes for the group practices as well. Barbara Porter, who staffed the Mayo table, attends various career fairs year-round searching for talent and said the AMA has "a lot of individuals we would be interested in."
"For us, this allows us to educate folks about the opportunities that exist," she said.
The career fair took place as part of the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates and was one of three special events that took place June 15. View a video recapping these events.
Physicians can turn data into practice improvements
An education session offered June 18 at the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates showed physicians how to interpret payers' physician profiling reports and understand the data used to rate their practice's quality and cost efficiency. Attendees learned how to identify inaccuracies, confidently request adjustments and strategically use their data to make practice improvements.