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Emergency Medicine Residents’ Appreciation Day: Resources for Residents

Posted on Wed, Mar 01, 2017
Emergency Medicine Residents’ Appreciation Day: Resources for Residents

By Ray Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE

Congratulations on joining the emergency medicine family! In a relatively young specialty that didn’t register its first resident until 1970, we recently saw a fellow EM physician elected as president of the American Medical Association. This is a great time to be an emergency physician.

I’ve been passionate about emergency medicine for more than 25 years. We are privileged to care for patients at their time of greatest need, when they are most vulnerable. And for many Americans, the ED is their only source of healthcare; it’s a role that’s both challenging and rewarding – nearly in equal measure.

And what an exciting time to be in healthcare. The changes we are living through are some of the grandest since Medicare and Medicaid were created 50 years ago! Payment structures, accountability, collaboration, industry consolidation. It’s enough to make your head spin. But it’s also a great time to be starting a career if you ever thought you wanted to be part of changing the world. It’s happening now.

EmCare is committed to helping residents navigate these changing waters by providing the information, resources and tools you need to find the perfect EM career.

And, our EmBassador Travel Team provides graduating residents with career-changing experience.

At EmCare, we believe that it’s best for all involved if clinicians are unburdened to focus as much of their efforts as possible on the critical elements of patient care. Whether that’s improving the operations of the department, bringing tools and resources to assist its providers, or making it easier to manage the administrative parts of being a clinician in 2017, EmCare is focused on leveraging its resources to make life easier for its clinicians.

As great as that sounds, there are more things that go into a career decision. Location, practice style, affiliations, compensation structure and more. We’d like to help you understand these things so that if you decide to come with us, it’s the right decision for you. And if you don’t, then we were just paying it forward. It’s a small world in EM; we’re happy to make it a little better.

For more information about our services for residents, including upcoming residency networking dinners, please visit our website.

Ray Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE, president and chief clinical officer, joined EmCare in 2015.


5 Job Interview Tips from the Movie “Step Brothers”

Posted on Mon, Aug 03, 2015
5 Job Interview Tips from the Movie “Step Brothers”

The job interview process can be stressful for both physicians coming out of residency and more seasoned clinicians with years of experience.

It’s important to remember that the interviewing process is a two-way street: the medical group wants to learn if you’ll be a good fit for its culture and if your clinical skills are appropriate for the position, while you want to ensure the position will provide the practice environment, support, leadership opportunities and compensation that you need in the right location. A lot of information must be shared for those decisions to be made.

There’s a classic scene in the movie Step Brothers when Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have been told by their parents that they have to get jobs. Mom and Dad have pulled some strings to get the “boys” interviews, so it should be a slam dunk to secure employment. Well, it wouldn’t be a comedy if all went smoothly!

So how can the founders of “Prestige Worldwide” help you improve your interviewing skills? Here are a few tips.

  • Learn how to pronounce the names of the people you are meeting. Ferrell’s character had trouble saying “Pam,” the hiring manager’s name. While this is an extreme exaggeration, the United States is very diverse; don’t let a complicated name trip you up. Ask the person setting up the interview how to pronounce names, or offer a quick apology when attempting to pronounce a complex name: “Thank you for meeting with me, Dr. Golapichally. I hope that I’m pronouncing your name correctly.”
  • Don’t ask the interviewer inappropriate questions. The film’s step brothers ask the interviewer how much he makes, then asks him to rank the attractiveness of female celebrities vs. his wife. Clearly a no-no. Personal questions and any questions about religion and politics are better left unasked.
  • Provide a list of professional references who can provide concrete feedback about your work history. Ferrell lists his step-brother Dale Doback (who’s also in the interview!) and Jesus as references. You’ll want to be a bit more selective. Include appropriate contacts from previous places of employment and from hospitals where you’ve held admitting privileges. You also may want to include instructors or mentors from your residency or fellowship program, if you’ve completed the program in the last 4 or 5 years.
  • If asked, share constructive weaknesses about yourself. The boys choose to share with the interviewer weaknesses that are unprofessional and terrible attributes in a potential candidate: “I am no good before 11 a.m. … I have a weakness for sweets … we are slow learners and we’re not particularly good listeners.” When you provide a “weakness,” be sure to also include how you are overcoming that weakness: “I can be forgetful when the ED is busy, so I always carry a small notebook to jot down reminders, or use the voice record feature on my phone to record a quick note.”
  • Don’t talk over the interviewer. This is sound advice in general, not just when interviewing for a position. Ferrell and Reilly talk over Pam, eventually becoming verbally abusive. Again, this is an extreme example, but the interviewer should be the one who’s controlling the conversation. Be engaged, but respectful.

EmCare is a leading physician services organization with nearly 600 locations at hospitals from coast to coast. If you are a highly skilled clinician focused in any of the following five specialties — emergency medicine, hospital medicine, acute care surgery, anesthesiology, radiology/teleradiology — visit for more information.

Jim McMillin is EmCare's National Director of Recruiting.