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Featured Recruiter: Dani Taylor

Posted on Mon, Nov 02, 2015
Featured Recruiter: Dani Taylor

Name: Dani Taylor
Position: Physician Recruiter
Division: West
Location: Dallas

Education: BS in Psychology

Years with EmCare: I worked for EmCare for 6 years, left in late 2007 and came back in 2013.

Years in the recruiting field? 18

Why did you decide to become a recruiter? It sounded interesting and fun!

What makes EmCare different from other EM groups? What makes it attractive to candidates? EmCare's experience, number of specialties and its size make the company attractive to candidates. No other big group offers as many services and service lines. Candidates like that they can work at serval different EmCare facilities in the same city or event in different states. 

Describe your ideal candidate. He or she is board-certified in emergency medicine, already licensed in Texas with a clean work history and is willing to go to any site needed.

How important is the “relationship” between recruiter and candidate? Extremely important! A recruiter can ruin a hire or make it and get lots of referrals! We are the first impression they get of EmCare. And, we are the candidate's link to the hospital and others within EmCare.

What do you like most about working at EmCare? I'm busy all of the time and it's definitely challenging. There is no typically day at EmCare.

What do you enjoy outside of work? Spending time with my family.

What qualities make a successful recruiter? A sense of urgency and excellent follow up/follow through.

Why should physicians and advanced practice providers join EmCare? We have 45 years of experience and many opportunities and locations for practitioners.

What should residents do now to prepare themselves for future hiring opportunities? Her or she should get a license in the state in which they're planning to work. 

What “insider tips” do you have for anyone applying to EmCare? Opportunities change all the time so be flexible and open to change. And the process is extremely fast paced!

How should a candidate follow up after an interview with you? Anyway they can!  Text, Email, call.

Where do you look for candidates? Do you use social media? I use everything to look for candidates, However, referrals are my best source for recruits.

How would your co-workers describe you? Hopefully positively! They'd describe me as sarcastic, fun, and a good recruiter.

Tell us something that most people at work don't know about you. My husband, kids and I own a snow cone house.

What was the last book you read? I don’t have time to actually get through a whole book. I do read the bible at night for a few minutes.

What’s your favorite health or medical TV show? Untold Stories of the ER.


Featured Recruiter: Jim Davis

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2015
Featured Recruiter: Jim Davis

Each month, we will feature a Q&A with one of our recruiters.

Name: Jim Davis
Position: Physician Recruiter
Division: EmCare Partners Group
Location: Parsippany, N.J.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business

Years with EmCare: I've been with EmCare for 6 months, but I've been with Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) for 5½ years (EMA was acquired by EmCare in February 2015)

Years in the recruiting field? 16

Why did you decide to become a recruiter? I met the owner of an emergency medicine staffing company and he thought I had the right personality for recruiting EM physicians.

How does your experience enable you to connect candidates with the right positions? I like to listen to what the candidate wants in an opportunity, and I know my hospital sites well. This helps me match the right site with the right candidate. By treating each candidate well, they will remember me even if they don’t accept the position. They may return down the road and will definitely refer colleagues to me.

What do you enjoy outside of work? I enjoy coaching my sons (10 and 11) in both baseball and basketball.

What qualities make a successful recruiter?

  1. Professionalism
  2. The ability to build and maintain long-lasting relationships
  3. The ability to remain calm and focused during stressful times.

Why should physicians and advanced practice providers join EmCare? If a physician is looking for a group that offers options for the future, EmCare is the perfect place to work. These options could be other geographic locations or moving into a leadership role.

What should residents do now to prepare themselves for future hiring opportunities? Residents should network all the time. They should not avoid recruiters; they should engage with them and learn what opportunities exist and the timeframe they should follow.

Can you give an example of something a candidate has done that really impressed you during the recruiting process? A recent candidate learned what each EM group was offering and negotiated a deal with our division more than two years before he finished his residency based on that knowledge. First, he impressed our leadership with his interpersonal and interviewing skills. Then he received stellar references. Once we decided we wanted to hire him, we gladly matched the offer from the other group.

How should a candidate follow up after an interview with you? A candidate should e-mail or call me with their thoughts on the discussion as well as ask additional questions. If they are interested, they should provide convenient dates to interview at the hospitals of interest.

Where do you look for candidates, both in-person and online? I use LinkedIn, Twitter, Doximity, Practice Match, Doc Café and EDPhysician to find candidates online. I also attend industry conferences like ACEP and ACOEP and hold networking dinners and events for residents.

How would your co-workers describe you? I believe they would say I’m outgoing, fun to be around, and genuine…hopefully they say that!

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or historical, who would you choose and why? I would have dinner with Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe he is one of the most important people who has ever walked the earth. He has made the world a better place for ALL people.

What’s the most interesting place that you’ve been? Paris, during high school.

What’s your favorite health or medical TV show? Forensic Files

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? Finishing my undergraduate degree by going back to school full time after having a family and a successful career.

Jim Davis can be contacted at 973-251-1077 or by email.


8 Tips for Working with a Physician Recruiter

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015
8 Tips for Working with a Physician Recruiter

By Jim McMillin

Finding the perfect emergency medicine job is more than just finding a position in your desired location. Yes, location is key, but the position should also match your criteria when it comes to factors like:

  • Practice setting
  • Hospital culture
  • The culture of the EM practice
  • The composition of the ED team
  • Available support services
  • Compensation
  • Scheduling process

A physician recruiter can meet with you to discuss your goals and ideal job, and then will do the legwork to get you the interview. This process requires a level of trust – you’re trusting that this person will present you to potential employers in the best possible light; the recruiter trusts that you’ve been honest about your background and accomplishments and needs to feel comfortable advocating for your employment. It’s a delicate dance. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t step on each other’s toes.
  1. Ask questions. Ask the recruiter about his or her qualifications, track record for placement and experience in emergency medicine. If the recruiter works for an agency, ask about the types of practice settings and hospital clients for which they have been recruiting. If the recruiter works for an EM practice, learn as much as you can about the company culture and the practice’s retention rate.
  2. Always be honest. Be straightforward about your goals, and disclose any legal or malpractice issues you may have. Make sure your CV is up to date and accurate, and that you have three letters of recommendation from credible clinical or academic sources.
  3. Be professional. The recruiter is the gatekeeper to your dream job. Respect his or her role by proofreading everything you send and being responsive when asked to provide licensure documents or other required paperwork.
  4. Be eager, but don’t badger. If you don’t hear from the recruiter about an interview in a few days or if you know that there was a deadline to fill the position and that deadline has passed, follow up with him or her. If you don’t get a reply, wait a few more days before reaching out again.
  5. Have a heart. Practicing medicine takes more than clinical skills. Remember cold Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy? Medical directors, CMOs and other physician hiring managers are looking for well-rounded clinicians who possess both clinical acumen and emotional intelligence (EQ). You can read more about emotional EQ in our recent blog post.
  6. There’s no “I” in team. Healthcare is a team sport. From nurses to advanced practice providers to hospitalists to consulting specialists, you’re going to interact with a lot of people every shift. Be sure to convey your pro-team approach to the recruiter by sharing anecdotes of how working as a team helped you treat a patient with a complex case or avoided a missed diagnosis. ED directors and hospital administrators will be looking for candidates who can demonstrate a collegial practice philosophy.
  7. It’s not just about your “scrub life.” Recruiters – and progressive EM practices – know that there’s more to your life than your career. Your family, hobbies and cultural interests all factor into what will make an offer right for you. Tell the recruiter about your interests to ensure that he or she matches you with a position in a location that will allow you to cliff dive, if that’s what you’re into.
  8. Clean out your social media closet. Recruiters often use Google and LinkedIn to help source candidates. If a Google search reveals photos of you doing keg stands last week, you may drop to the bottom of the candidate pool. Adjust all profile photos to be professional, and review your settings to ensure personal posts and photos can’t be seen by the general public. Here are some tips

Qualities to Look for in a Recruiter

The physician-recruiter relationship should be mutually beneficial. Here’s what you should expect from your recruiter:
  • Helpful, not heavy-handed – A good recruiter should partner with you on your job search. He or she should provide a consultative approach to demonstrate your specific goals and job requirements. You shouldn’t be strong-armed into accepting a position you don’t want just because there is an open slot that needs to be filled.
  • Realistic responsiveness – Emergency medicine is a 24/7 specialty. Recruiters in this field should be responsive to your needs and requests, but should also be sensitive to the fact that you work non-traditional hours and that your time may be limited. He or she should return calls and emails promptly and have realistic expectations about when you can come in for an interview.
  • Interest in you, not just your CV – As explained earlier, proper placement requires some fact-finding on the part of the recruiter. He or she should ask questions about your practice philosophy, career goals and family life to fully understand your needs.
  • A clear process – Once you begin working with a recruiter, he or she should tell you next steps, and may even provide you with an outline or timeline of deliverables for both parties. You should never wonder what happens next; it should be clear every step of the way.

EmCare takes pride in creating a positive and fulfilling work environment for each of our clinical professionals. Not only will we work diligently to help you find the hospital that’s the right fit professionally, geographically and emotionally, but once you’ve decided on a community and a facility, you’ll find that you’re supported by one of the strongest packages of benefits and resources in the industry. Learn more or search for clinical jobs.

Jim McMillin is EmCare's National Director of Recruiting.