As I approached my final year of residency as an emergency physician, I had already narrowed my criteria for potential practice opportunities. After several years of East Coast winters, I knew I wanted to work on the West Coast at a site with other female physicians I could turn to for support when I needed it. What I didn’t know was how I was going to find the time or money to explore my options.
The answer came from the Senior Residents’ Weekend, hosted by Vituity. It’s an event where you can choose to attend day one, day two, or both. The first day is dedicated to brief presentations and a panel discussion on topics that help residents transition to attending, while the second day is focused on interviewing with hiring directors. The bonus is that Vituity covered one night’s stay at the hotel and $500 toward travel.
The program surpassed my expectations. I learned whether to invest or pay down my student loans, how best to format my resume, and so much more. Plus, I got to meet medical directors from across the country. And now I am a Vituity Partner working in Northern California with a group that includes six other female emergency physicians on staff.
On the first day of the event, a great group of presenters and panelists helped strip away the fears I had about finding the right job and handling the first few months of practice. They reviewed the various employment models for us to consider and shared successful interviewing, negotiating, and financial planning tips that could help us no matter where we ended up applying.
On day two, I got to meet with a variety of hiring medical directors through a series of mini-interviews. Each was 10 to 15 minutes long and gave me the information I needed to determine what onsite interviews I wanted to schedule. The experience completely simplified my job search process — and saved me significant time and money.
Senior Residents’ Weekend is so packed with great information that any resident can benefit from attending. For the mini-interview portion, advanced planning will help you turn a useful event into an invaluable one. My recommendations for maximizing the experience include:
By being very strategic at Senior Residents’ Weekend, I was able to focus my choices and fit all my onsite interviews into one trip. I had the perfect position locked up before the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference in October, confident that I was joining an impressively transparent organization where new physicians are partners from day one and have the tools and support they need to reach their personal goals as doctors.
2019 Senior Residents’ Weekend for emergency physicians will be held Friday and Saturday, August 9–10 in Chicago.
2019 Senior Residents' Weekend for hospitalists will be held Friday and Saturday, August 23–24 in Chicago.
One night hotel and airfare up to $500 is covered. And, if you accept an offer before Sept. 30, you will receive a $10,000 bonus. For more information, email email@example.com.
First published at FemInEM.org. Last updated March 21, 2019.