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Preparing for the Interview

1. Plan Ahead - Do a little homework! Research the company and the position if possible, as well, the people you will meet with at the interview. Review your work experiences. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the companies needs. Have your facts ready!

2. Role Play - Once you have finished studying, begin role playing (rehearsing).

3. Eye Contact - Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show you want the job with your interest.

4. Be Positive - In particular, avoid negative comments about past employers.

5. Adapt - Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer. Pay attention to those details of dress, office furniture, and general decor, which will afford helpful clues to assist you in tailoring your presentation.

6. Relate - Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.

7. Encourage - Encourage the interviewer to share information about his or her company. Demonstrate your interest. Some suggested questions to ask the interviewer are provided in the "Questions You Could Consider Asking the Employer" section.

8. Be Prepared - The interviewer's last question is potentially the most important. Do you have any questions for us? The most popular answer is "no". This is also the wrong answer. Many interviewers bear the most weight on the answer to this question. Prepare at least 10 questions for the interviewer prior to arriving. Have them written down so you don't forget them.

It is of vital importance for a physician to perform well on an interview. You must be articulate, personable, enthusiastic and have a neat and professional appearance. Ask questions about the position, hospital and community. Many employers judge a potential employee by the questions they ask in an interview rather than the responses you give to their questions.

Consider asking the employer questions in the following categories during an Interview:

A. Practice Objectives:

What are the medical and business objectives?

B. Responsibilities:

How are patients allocated?

How is non-patient care handled?

What are my coverage responsibilities?

What are my patient care responsibilities?

C. Business:

Who does the hiring and firing of the staff?

Who buys the equipment and supplies? What type of input will I have in that decision?

Who does the advertising for the practice? What type of input will I have in those decisions?

Guide to Getting Medical Licensure

Over the last 20 years the licensing process has underwent some drastic changes. The process of obtaining a license in any part of the country has become more elaborate because of today's technology. Technology has allowed fraudulent practitioners to create fake documentation at home, therefore requiring the state boards to verify all documentation before a license can be issued.

To expedite the licensing process it is best to follow the 5 steps outlined below or contact a credible medical licensing agency that can expedite the process for you. They have the knowledge and experience to be sure you have everything necessary submitted quickly.

1. You should always anticipate delays, especially if you are seeking a license in another state because the board will verify credentials and past practices.

2. In your initial conversation with the licensing board: request a copy of their requirements and ask about the time frame for application processing so you know what to expect.

3. Be forthcoming with any prior or existing suspensions, restrictions or malpractice suits. Failing to be forthcoming with this information can severely slow the process. False information can result in denial of privileges

4. Once the licensing process is active you can speed up the process by contacting medical schools, training programs and prior employers to expedite their response to the licensing board. When calling or writing to expedite the process, "Ask for help". This method is almost always effective.

5. You can also set up a profile with the Federal Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). This can be beneficial for this licencing but can be even more beneficial if you plan on moving This organization can expedite the process if the board you are working with uses this service.

"The Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) was established in 1996 to provide a centralized, uniform process for state medical boards as well as private and governmental entities to obtain a verified, primary source record of a physician's core medical credentials. This service is designed to lighten the workload of credentialing staff and reduce duplication of effort by gathering, verifying and permanently storing credentials in a centralized repository for physicians and physician assistants.

FCVS obtains primary source verification of medical education, postgraduate training, licensure examination history, board action history and identity. This repository of information allows an individual to establish a confidential, lifetime professional portfolio that can be forwarded at the individual's request to any interested party, including, but not limited to: state medical boards, hospitals, managed care plans and professional societies." (Taken from FCVS web site)

You will need to exercise patience in the licensing process. State licensing boards and their staff, in most cases, work diligently to protect the public. This requires taking the necessary time to fairly evaluate each application for licensure. In that same context, all actively practicing physicians should be cognizant of state laws; they may be providing care or performing acts that might not, until recently, have required them to hold a license. If time is of the essence, some states offer a temporary licensure. You need to check with the state board individually to see if this is available.

You should plan for at least a 60-day turn around from the time they submit a completed application for license and the actual date licensure is granted. Physicians who are graduates of a medical school outside the United States or have a complicated employment history should anticipate a slightly longer period.

Physicians informed about the process and working cooperatively with the licensing board need not find licensing an unpleasant experience. Members of the medical profession should always remember that the business of medical licensing boards is to protect the public from unqualified and unfit physicians. However, licensing boards also strive to ensure a process that protects the legal rights and privileges of physicians.

If you choose to get help in this process, there are many reputable licensing agencies that can expedite this process. Their experience in this industry can greatly expedite the process. They have all the applications on file, they can determine if you meet that states requirements, complete the application for you, request all supporting documentation, and will stay in touch with the board and you until your application is processed and license issued for one or more states. This is an excellent alternative for a physician with little time on their hands.

Information gathered from American Medical Association and Medical Economics