Just 38% of the physicians trained in Wisconsin decide to take jobs in the state, but advocates are hoping to reverse that trend with a new Web site. More than 500 physician vacancies have been posted at wisconsinphysiciancareers.org, which was officially launched by the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce. The vacancies already listed include 100 in family medicine and 60 in internal medicine. We wanted to make sure that when we rolled it out, that it was a robust Web site, said George Quinn, senior vice president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
The workforce council, which includes the state hospital association and several Wisconsin colleges and medical societies, intends to specifically exclude headhunters from the recruitment process and put physicians directly in touch with hospitals and health systems. Quinn said that the decision was based on surveys of physicians, who said they were tired of the constant barrage of inquiries from staffing companies. Their preference is to have openings come directly from clinics and hospitals, and not headhunters."
On the Web site, healthcare organizations can post their openings and physicians looking for work can contact them directly. Physicians do not need to post their resumes to the site, but they can paste a resume and cover letter into an e-mail when contacting the organization where the physician would be practicing.