David A. Jenkins, D.O.
Employer: Envision Healthcare
Med school: University of North Texas Health Science Center (2006)
Residency: Saint Louis University (2009)
Jenkins and his husband, Don, love to travel and spend time with their two Scottish Terriers.
What surprised you about your first post-residency job? Being a hospitalist allows you many opportunities to move around quite easily. I think I was most surprised that my first job only lasted two years.
What’s your advice for residents beginning a job search? Start early, and keep motivated when seeking opportunities in the location where you’d like to live. Keep your options open. Consider locum tenens to get into a group or hospital and see if it’s a fit before making it permanent.
What was the most important factor in your job search? For me, geographic location was most important. We had lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for many years, but had moved to Nashville. We always wanted to get back to the DFW area.
How did you find your job? PracticeLink opened up many doors that I initially had not considered. I ran across PracticeLink, uploaded my CV, was able to tailor my job search in a way that was most valuable for me. I quickly got an abundance of leads.
Any other advice to share? If you’ve seen one hospitalist group, you’ve seen one hospitalist group. Each group is different and comes with different goals and values. Don’t be shocked if your first hospitalist group is not the right fit. Sometimes you may not realize this until you’ve been working there. The right one is out there!
How did PracticeLink help you in your job search? My PracticeLink account was easy to set up. My initial search gave me a few leads, but the email notifications actually helped the most. I received the most recent new job openings and could network immediately with those hospitalist groups. PracticeLink allowed me to secure a job in my ideal geographic location, Dallas!