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One of the new initiatives in healthcare reform is called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which requires that all participating hospitals and clinics be reimbursed by Medicare based on the quality of care they provide.
This initiative, called Value Based Purchasing (VBP) gathers information based on a scoring criteria obtained through patient surveys called Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). Translated this means that hospitals and clinics will be paid for services based partly on ratings compiled from these surveys that are completed by the patient. The patient’s perception of the visit, not necessarily the number of patients seen in day or the census in the hospital, will determine the payment institutions and clinics receive.
Crafting Your Elevator Pitch As A Physician
What is an elevator pitch?
There are many explanations, but essentially it’s about “selling” yourself by describing who you are and why someone else should care – in 30 seconds or less. Interestingly, the term is taken from the early days of Internet explosion when web development needed venture capital. The best companies were those that could explain a business proposition to the occupants of an elevator in the time it took them to ride to their floor.
Dear Dr. Goodhook,
I’m preparing myself for the job search process (refining my CV, starting on some cover letter templates, etc.), and already, I’m nervous about my first interview. Is this normal? I won’t even be starting the application process for a few more months.
Do you have any advice about what I should do (or how to calm my nerves)? I’m worried I’m worrying for no reason, but I want to be prepared.
Anxious in Alabama
“I’m worried I’m worrying for no reason.” Are you quoting Woody Allen?
I’ve rambled at length about the importance of the physician interview, but there’s another component that’s often overlooked: post-interview follow up.
I suppose there isn’t a better feeling than marching into an interview, putting your best toe forward, and waltzing off with a sense of pride and certainty. Your physician interview went splendid, and you know it in your mind: I’ve got this. It’s in the bag.
But what, dear reader, if it isn’t in the bag? Even if you think you aced the interview, it’s easy to leave a bad taste in your interviewers’ mouths if you don’t follow up properly.
A physician phone interview seems much less intimidating than an in-person interview. If your palms are sweaty, you don’t have to worry about shaking hands. Dressing up isn’t necessary, and you don’t have to worry about maintaining eye contact.
However, many people make the mistake of not taking the physician phone interview seriously enough. Aside from an email or an introduction at a job fair, the phone interview is the first opportunity you’ll have to make a direct impression with a potential employer.
No matter who you are, interviews are stressful — at least to some degree. If you’re a new physician interviewing for your first job, interviews can be particularly nerve wracking.
There are all sorts of things you can do to prepare for an interview. With all of the books written on interview preparedness and etiquette, you could probably over-prepare for an interview, which can sometimes be worse than under-preparing for one.
The goal is to be calm, collected and informed. You don’t want to flood your brain with too much information the night before an interview, nor do you want to be unprepared.