Midwest Medicine: The Hot Spot for Physician Jobs
September 24, 2019
By Jennifer Larson, contributor
Physicians, do want to make a career move? Or find the right
place to start practicing?
Look no further than the Midwest for a wide variety of
lucrative physician job
openings, offering a range of benefits for your medical career and
“Health system employers in
the Midwestern states strive to create a flexible work–life
balance matched with
an excellent income. And these
are great communities with good schools, culture, and a low cost of living,” said Alex Herbison,
divisional vice president of marketing for Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s
leading physician placement firm.
physicians in the Midwest
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
regularly analyzes physician supply and demand to provide updates on the
workforce. In AAMC’s 2019
update, researchers noted that the latest statistics show demand for
physicians in the Midwest has outpaced the supply, leaving the area “below that
required to provide the national average level of care.”
In other words, plenty of hospitals and health care
facilities in the Midwest have a “We’re hiring” sign on their front doors.
Physician recruitment agencies like Merritt Hawkins can also attest to this
“We have hundreds of opportunities for lucrative provider
positions in our Midwest region,” said Herbison.
Do you want to work for a top-rated health care system, gain
professional autonomy or get on the fast track to partnership in a group
practice? Almost anything is possible.
Plus, physician jobs in the Midwest offer a good quality of
life that appeals to many people, noted Andy Olson, divisional vice president
of recruitment for Merritt Hawkins.
incentives for Midwest physician jobs
What would persuade you to apply for a job in a hospital in
a Midwestern state like Indiana or Minnesota or even South Dakota?
Maybe you’re from the Midwest, and you’re eager to move back
home or live closer to family. Or maybe the thought of four distinct seasons
appeals to you. But for clinicians who hail from the East Coast, the West Coast
or another region of the country, it might take a little more to sweeten the
Thus, many health care organizations in the Midwestern
states are offering extra enticements, including excellent salary and
Higher-than-average physician salaries. Merritt
Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives
noted that the Midwest/Great Plains region had the highest average starting
salaries in the country among their top recruited specialties last year.
Signing bonuses. Some of the signing bonuses for job openings in the Midwest can be quite substantial,
noted Herbison. Many organizations are offering bonuses
tied to retention, with
a portion paid when you sign on the dotted line
and the rest dispersed in yearly
installments for a pre-determined number of years
Loan forgiveness. Many doctors find themselves in
debt after medical school, with some owing hundreds of thousands of dollars. A
Midwest physician job that offers loan forgiveness could be a really good
option for them, and worth their effort to check it out, said Olson.
“Once you see the place, then you’ll realize that it has
everything you need … and oh, by the way, if you stay for five years, you can
get your loans paid off,” said Olson.
The details for the loan repayment can vary. Some
organizations will pay the lender directly, while others pay the money to the
physician. There may also be a cap on the total amount an employer will pay.
Residency stipends. Young doctors may be
persuaded by the prospect of a residency stipend to consider a Midwest job
opportunity. Essentially, a physician commits to working for a hospital before
finishing residency, and the employer agrees to pay him or her a stipend during
the remainder of the training period.
While not yet commonplace, residency stipends have “increasingly become a new tool that’s being used to
attract the next generation of providers,” said Herbison.
retention efforts in the Midwest
Not only are Midwestern health care organizations hiring,
but they’re also willing to make it worth your while to stay. Here are just a
few of the incentives and strategies that are becoming more commonplace:
Retention bonuses. Many Midwest hospitals and
practices offer retention bonuses or signing bonuses that are tied to
retention, which can be a very effective tool for keeping physicians from
packing up and moving after just a couple of years.
Strong workplace teams and dedicated support. These
organizations are also working hard to surround their physicians with
colleagues and staff who will make their jobs easier. This may include
dedicated nurse practitioners and physician assistants to absorb some of the
workload, as well as plenty of RNs, medical scribes, and others.
Work flexibility and lifestyle options. Some of the
other efforts designed to make a Midwest physician job more appealing may
include flexible scheduling, the elimination of on-call shifts and wellness
resources, Herbison said. Many find it easier to achieve a work–life balance
with these flexible work options, especially in communities that truly value
quality of life.
The Midwest life might not be for everyone, but it is
certainly worth investigating the next time you are looking for a new place to
“You won’t know what you’re missing until you see
some of these beautiful communities,” said Herbison.
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