What are Hospitals Looking for in a Physician? The Answer Might Surprise You

January 13th, 2016 1 Min read What are Hospitals Looking for in a Physician? The Answer Might Surprise You Blog
[su_youtube url="https://youtu.be/cC0EROAmyNc"] What’s the most important attribute a physician should have? Experience, training or where they attended medical school all  seem like good answers. But for one physician recruiter the top attribute she looks for is…being nice.

“It’s funny, because most people want to hear, oh, that they’re good clinically. I want to know that they’re a nice person, that they’re going to treat the patients nice and the staff nice,” says Missy Ankrom, a physician recruiter in Ohio. “Because most of the physicians coming out, they have all been trained the same, their clinical skills are pretty much the same, so we’re looking for someone who’s going to be a hard worker, who’s going to come in and play well with others and just be nice.”

Ankrom has been recruiting both permanent and locum tenens physicians for more than 17 years. During that time she has seen all sorts of people. She has found that someone that comes into a job with a smile on their face, being friendly and willing to learn has a far greater effect on a facility and its staff and patients than a grumpy doctor with a great pedigree. In addition, she recommends physicians get to know the company and its core values before coming in to interview. Friendly and knowledgeable may just be the keys to your next great job. To find out why hospitals use locum tenens physicians, check out locumstory.com.


Chad Saley

Chad Saley

Chad Saley is a public relations manager at CHG Healthcare, the parent company of CompHealth.

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