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8 Tips For Recruiting Out of Area Clinicians

If you’re a healthcare organization looking to fill a clinician vacancy, you may find your options are limited, especially if you’re located in a rural area. With a little creativity and effort, you can bring in the best of the best, no matter where they are located. Read on for some techniques on how to recruit and retain your target clinician audience.



How to Recruit Clinicians to Rural Areas:


Just because your hospital is located in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t recruit top-notch clinicians. Here are 8 tips on how to attract and recruit out-of-state clinicians to your organization, including:


  1. Identify Your Clinician Needs
  2. Know Your Organization’s Strengths
  3. Reach Out to Medical Schools & Residency Programs
  4. Attend Medical Conferences
  5. Offer Financial Incentives
  6. Evaluate Your Compensation Package
  7. Recruit the Entire Family
  8. Stand Out From the Competition

Identify Your Clinician Needs


The first step is to identify your needs. What type of clinician do you need? What are the qualifications should they have? Once you have a clear idea of what you are looking for, you can begin to target your recruiting efforts.



Know Your Organization’s Strengths

If you’ve already recruited clinicians in the past, ask yourself, what attracted them to your organization? Share that information with potential clinicians so they can see organizational stability and peer job satisfaction. If you find your organization isn’t that great at retaining physicians, find out why, and make changes so you can recruit and retain staff moving forward. This can be done through roundtable discussions or anonymous surveys.


Reach Out to Medical Schools & Residency Programs

One way to find out-of-state clinicians is to reach out to medical schools and residency programs. Many students and residents are interested in working in rural areas and may be willing to relocate if given the opportunity.


Attend Medical Conferences

Another way for hospitals or other organizations to recruit doctors is to attend national medical conferences. Medical conferences offer a great opportunity to meet clinicians from all over the country and learn about their interests and career goals. You can also distribute information about your organization and community at these conferences.


Offer Financial Incentives

If you’re having trouble finding out-of-state clinicians who are interested in relocating, you may need to offer some financial incentives. Some organizations offer signing bonuses or tuition reimbursement for clinicians who agree to relocate. You may also need to offer higher salaries than what is typical in your area.


Evaluate Your Compensation Package

Do you regularly evaluate your compensation package and keep it up to date? If your compensation package isn’t competitive, it will be difficult to attract any candidates, let alone recruit and retain a reputable clinician. Check out what other competitors are offering to see how your package measures up.


Recruit the Entire Family

When recruiting your ideal clinician candidates, remember that their partner and children are also a piece of the puzzle. Find out more about the candidate’s families and map out what the community has to offer regarding their specific needs and interests. Give families a tour of the town, highlighting any amenities they may be interested in, such as schools, churches, homes, and other attractions.


Stand Out From the Competition

It can be difficult to recruit in-demand specialties – especially primary care clinicians. With this increased demand comes increased competition. Showing how much you value and support your current staff and their families is one way to stand out. Introduce potential candidates to other clinician families who are happy with their employment.



Ready to Get Started?


Clinicians are an important part of any healthcare organization and, in order to ensure the best care for patients, it’s necessary to recruit clinicians who are a good fit for your organization. By following these tips, you can create a recruitment strategy that will help you identify and attract out-of-area clinicians who are the perfect addition to your team. 


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