How to Hire a Doctor

Does your growing business need a doctor? A doctor is responsible for evaluating patients’ health concerns and suggesting possible treatments and medication. They’re crucial in improving patients’ health by interpreting symptoms and diagnosing conditions.

Here are some tips to help you find great doctor candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Doctors searching for jobs on Indeed*

89,232

Job seekers that clicked on doctor jobs

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Resumes for job seekers with doctor experience on Indeed

7,596

Doctor jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring doctor?

  • Common salary in US: $247,922 yearly
  • Typical salaries range from $75,000$519,000 yearly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, doctor jobs in the US are very competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 12 job seekers per doctor job.

Why hire a doctor?

Hiring a doctor for your clinic or hospital is crucial in addressing patients’ health and helping them experience a better quality of life. Doctors treat preexisting diseases and suggest preventive measures.

Choosing the right person as a doctor is essential to help your clinic treat patients with care and compassion and enable them to achieve good health. Doctors often do the following: 

• Monitor patients’ health and perform checkups 
• Provide advice regarding diet, nutrition, exercise and preventive habits to promote good health
• Perform tests for patients and analyze symptoms to deliver appropriate treatments

What are the ranks of doctors?

Upon graduating from medical school, doctors move through various ranks. Doctors can also specialize in different areas of medicine, which requires additional work in those specialties. Common ranks for doctors, starting from the bottom and moving up, are:

  • Interns: After graduating from medical school, a doctor is considered an intern for the first year of residency. Interns often work in different areas of medicine during this year.
  • Resident doctors: Doctors are called residents after completing their intern year. This is considered a learning period and can last varying lengths of time depending on the resident’s specialty. 
  • Chief resident doctors: Toward the end of residency, a doctor can be named a chief resident. This person is in charge of other residents.
  • Attending doctors: After completing residency, the next rank is attending doctor. These physicians have completed training and work independently treating patients.
  • Chief doctor: This top position serves as the leader for the office or department. They might also be called the head or director of the department, such as the head of pediatrics. They tend to play a more administrative role rather than provide hands-on patient care. 

Where to find doctors

To find the right doctor for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Attend medical conferences: Networking in the medical field is an effective way to find a new doctor, and medical conferences offer a targeted event for networking.
  • Get involved in medical organizations: Another networking opportunity is to be active in medical organizations. This lets you connect with other doctors who are members.
  • Network with medical field contacts: If you work with medical suppliers or other contacts in the medical field, look for recommendations from them for quality doctors.
  • Collaborate with medical schools: Consider accepting interns and residents at your medical facility to fill an immediate need. Once those doctors complete residency, they might stay on as attending physicians.
  • Post your job online: Try posting your doctor job on Indeed to find and attract quality doctor candidates.

What are the ranks of doctors?

Upon graduating from medical school, doctors move through various ranks. Doctors can also specialize in different areas of medicine, which requires additional work in those specialties. Common ranks for doctors, starting from the bottom and moving up, are:

  • Interns: After graduating from medical school, a doctor is considered an intern for the first year of residency. Interns often work in different areas of medicine during this year.
  • Resident doctors: Doctors are called residents after completing their intern year. This is considered a learning period and can last varying lengths of time depending on the resident’s specialty. 
  • Chief resident doctors: Toward the end of residency, a doctor can be named a chief resident. This person is in charge of other residents.
  • Attending doctors: After completing residency, the next rank is attending doctor. These physicians have completed training and work independently treating patients.
  • Chief doctor: This top position serves as the leader for the office or department. They might also be called the head or director of the department, such as the head of pediatrics. They tend to play a more administrative role rather than provide hands-on patient care. 

Writing a doctor job description

It’s vital to create a detailed job description with a list of duties, responsibilities and skills to find suitable doctor candidates.

When writing your doctor job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on doctor jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Physician
  • Telemedicine physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Medical director
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Doctor
  • Internal medicine physician
  • Foreign medical graduate
  • Primary care physician
  • Cannabis

Interviewing doctor candidates

In the interview process, comparing the skills and qualifications of all potential doctor candidates is essential. Interview questions can cover the following: 

• Proficiency in the field of medicine and associated areas
• Experience treating health concerns and suggesting treatments for them
• How they’ve excelled at improving patient health by actively suggesting different courses of action depending on the patient’s situation

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of doctor interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a doctor

How do I choose between two good doctor candidates?

Review the experience of the two candidates as it relates to the medical needs your patients have. Consider bedside manner, which can have a major impact on patient satisfaction. Fitting within your medical facility’s culture can also make a difference in how well the doctor performs and how long they stay. 

How do I keep my doctor happy?

Giving your doctor autonomy can help with happiness. Doctors who are forced to rush with patients or see a minimum number of patients miss out on personal connections and might not feel like they’re doing their job fully. Recognize your doctor’s contributions, and encourage a good work-life balance as the medical field can be demanding. A mentoring program, continuing education and quality equipment to do the job well can also help.

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