Recruiting Physicians with Teamwork Qualities

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Ten Questions to Ask to Find Team Players

Medical group executives have reported that successful physician recruitment and retention increasingly involves evaluating the teamwork qualities of candidates.

As the era of accountable care evolves and the medical home model becomes more prevalent, the delivery of successful patient outcomes will be increasingly dependent on the performance of the patient care team.

With a need this clear, successful medical groups will:

  • Evolve to include team-based models of care
  • Sharpen their focus on assessing teamwork
  • Seek physicians with the skills and experience to lead teams

Bend Trends to Your Advantage

Trend: The majority of medical groups report that the medical home model will deliver a competitive advantage in recruiting both primary care physicians and advanced practice providers.

Bend: Identify the ways in which your physician and medical staffing needs will change, especially as your care model evolves to include a team of colleagues in primary care, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, critical care, a wide range of specialties and subspecialties, plus advanced practice and allied health.

Trend: More than 80% of respondents believe that teamwork qualities are more important in physicians today than five years ago.

Bend: Medical training focuses on honing technical skills. But when recruiting physicians, teamwork and team leadership are soft skills that are more difficult to assess while without effective screening techniques.

Trend: Most survey respondents (77%) believe references are an effective method for assessing teamwork qualities.

Bend: That depends on the quality and source of the reference. Behavioral interviewing – and observing the candidate’s behaviors before, during and after the interview – can reveal significant clues about his or her potential for successfully practicing in a culture where teamwork is valued.

Sharpen your Focus on Teamwork

Physicians are at the heart of your practice, and it is important to identify the skills and qualities that will promote effective team leadership and partnership with the entire care team.

Learn more about how to interview physicians and other medical staff for teamwork qualities by requesting “Ten Teamwork Questions.”

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