HOW NEUROLOGISTS SEARCH FOR JOBS

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Thanks for visiting the RosmanSearch Neurologist Career, Employment and Job Resource Center. The information on this page has been compiled to help neurologists get better jobs and to make more money. If you are a neurologist and are considering switching jobs because you are not satisfied with your currrent position and would like assistance with your career transition or job search, please call 216-906-8188 to speak with a recruiter on our neurology team. One of our recruiters will be happy to help you find a neurologist job. You can also search available neurology jobs posted here and choose a subspecialty and/or region by browsing our "Search Neurology Jobs" career board. See our Featured Neurosurgery Job.
 
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Demand for Neurologists and The Current Shortage of Neurologists

At the start of 2015, there were over 16,000 neurologists in the United States. This number is expected to increase over time. The demand for board certified or board eligible neurologists is expected to outpace the supply of neurologists in 2016 and 2017 because of difficulties hiring new neurologists. Because of the heavy demand for neurologists, many of these physicians take advantage of neurology practice and career transition opportunities by looking for new jobs that will advance their careers. Click here to learn more about the neurologist job search process which can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.

Projections of demand for neurologists reflect the growing prevalence of neurologic conditions often associated with population growth and aging, in addition to expanded coverage under health care reform. The healthcare system in the United States needs more neurologists to handle the cognitive care needs of our country's citizens. This is increasing the shortage of neurologists in the United States.  According to the The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), there is currently one neurologist for every 18,000 Americans. The organization projects that if the reimbursement rates continue, that gap will grow to one in 21,000 by the year 2020. The shortage or neurologists is already causing problems for patients in need of neurological care and treatment.

In-house recruiters and Human Resource managers at healthcare systems have discovered that they are having a hard time filling open neurology positions in small towns and sparsely populated communities. Owners and managers of small or solo neurology practices are seeking neurologists are having problems finding associates to join their practice.

About RosmanSearch

RosmanSearch offers truly expert, high integrity neurology recruiting services you can trust. Our dedicated neurology recruitment team does nothing but neurology recruiting all day, every day. We are experts in practice models and attuned to the dynamics between neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other medical and surgical specialists. We work with clients who need to hire neurologists and neurosurgeons and we also assist neurologists and neurosurgeons who want to get a new or better job.  Click here if your organization or company needs to hire a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

RosmanSearch specializes in the recruitment and permanent placement of neurologists and neurosurgeons. Our firm places these highly skilled doctors in hospital-based positions, solo and group practice settings and faculty appointments throughout the United States.

We listen to neurologists when they consider new job opportunities. We discuss a neurologist's job priorities with them and make sure they know about the job opportunities we represent that may be of interest. We help neurologists understand the recruitment process. We help neurologists understand how to make the most of their job interviews and evaluate job offers.

Options for Neurologists Who Are Contemplating A Career Change

Neurologists who are considering changing jobs because of compensation factors should acquire the essential knowledge they need to compare one employment opportunity to another. This includes a good understanding of the Medicare reimbursement system for neurologists and the history of reimbursements in neurology. Neurologists are becoming more interested in transitioning to a non-clinical careers such as scientific or clinical research because their income will not be constrained by government reimbursement regulations or the insurance industry. Neurolgists that are contemplating quitting clinical medicine are abundant. Some neurologists take new jobs working for neuroscience companies or pharmaceutical firms. Other neurologists switch from practicing neurology to working in a clinical development division at a pharmaceutical research and development company or a biotech company. Neurologists who change jobs to work in the pharmaceutical industry frequently find their new career path very rewarding because they can share in clinical breakthroughs in drug development, run clinical trials and turn biomarker research into a practical application.

Assistance for Neurologists Who Want a Different Job

Many neurologist are leaving their private practices to join the faculty at a College of Medicine or to work at a hospital. The neurology team at RosmanSearch welcomes inquires from neurologists who would like assistance with this type of transition. Neurologists who would like help searching for a new job or are considering a career move should call 216-906-8188. The staff at RosmanSearch can help. 

How To Evaulate and Decide on a Neurologist Job

The current job market is very favorable to neurologists looking for permanent positions.  You will have more practices wanting to speak with you than you will have time to visit. Look for the best match in terms of the location, your prospective partners, and the type of practice.  Consider whether your professional goals are compatible with the core values of the practice.  Be aware of local politics within the medical community that may affect your practice. Learn about competition within the community.  If you are certain that you have a quality practice opportunity in all these aspects, look for a reasonable offer.  If you find yourself having doubts about the integrity of your prospective partners during the contracting process, pay attention to your feelings and continue looking.  You are in a generous market with ample opportunities.

Neurologists who are starting a new job search should consider important factors such as compensation, job location, clinical opportunities and work-life balance.

Why Neurologists Search for Jobs

When a neurologist starts their career they are often unsure of how to find a job in their specialty. RosmanSearch helps young neurologists find the best possible jobs. Another reason why neurologists search for jobs is because they want to leverage the subspecialty training they received in a fellowship program. The recruiters at RosmanSearch estimate that about 60% of neurologists change jobs within their first 5 years of practice. Many neurologists consider changing jobs because they feel like they are loosing their autonomy.

To change jobs, practicing neurologists have to search for new jobs. In other cases, neurologists who want to return to clinical practice following an extended period of clinical inactivity also search for jobs. Re-entry programs provide courses of study that help neurologists fulfill their specific needs for returning to the workforce. Some neurologists look for jobs because they want an employer to sponsor their H-1B visa and green card. Other neurologists look for new jobs because their spouse was transferred to a new geographic location.

When Neurologists Search for Jobs

Neurologists are doctors (physicians) who specialize neurology and are trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Physicians who have completed their postgraduate training in neurology after graduation from medical school want to find their first job as a neurologist. Neurologists frequently are hired during their final year of their internship, by using a placement assistance program offered by the medical institutes where they studied. Most neurologists begin a job search during their final year of residency or fellowship although a good portion begin their job search prior to their final year. Only a few wait until after they finish their residency or fellowship program.

Most neurologists are interested in searching for permanent jobs although some are interested in part-time positions, locum tenens positions, research positions and military positions. Medical research organizations and medical schools are institutions where neurologists find jobs. Neurologists find jobs at hospitals, neurological institutes, neurology clinics or medical centers while others choose to work at a private practice or neurology group.

Practicing neurologists who complete fellowship programs often search for new jobs in their subspecialty. From time to time, neurologists ask one of the recruiters at RosmanSearch how and where to find a job in their subspecialty. Based on this question, we have provided some helpful information on this page on the topic of “How and where neurologists find jobs in their subspecialty.”

Primary Reasons Why Practicing Neurologists Search for Jobs

Listed below are some of the major factors that cause neurologists to look for new jobs.

  • To change their practice setting
  • To better utilize their neurology skills
  • Quality of Life is Suffering
  • To reduce their work hours
  • Improve their call schedule
  • To increase their autonomy
  • To feel appreciated by their employers or patients
  • To establish a productive working relationship with a hospital administration or medical faculty
  • To improve their job satisfaction
  • To increase their compensation or salary
  • Fear of being sued
  • To reduce malpractice expenses
  • To move to a more urban or rural location
  • Medicare payment system undervalues patient face-to-face time with neurologists
  • To move to a different region of the United States
  • Lack of reforms in the professional liability system
  • Inadequate reimbursements from Medicare
  • Reduce or increase the amount of time spent seeing patients
  • Reduce or increase the amount of time spent with each patient
  • Reduce paperwork and administrative responsibilities

Reasons Why Neurologists In Private Practice Search for New Jobs:

Average Base Salary, Compensation or Guaranteed Income for Neurologists and Contract Information

  • According to the Association of American Medical Colleges' 2014 Physician Placement Starting Salary Survey Report, the first year post residency or fellowship compensation in 2013 for a neurologist was $237,500. The AAMC is a not-for-profit association representing all accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools, major teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, and academic and scientific societies. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that neurologists work 50.8 hours a week on average.
  • A November 26, 2012 article in the Boston Globe stated that the median pay for a neurologist in the United States last year was $254,836.
  • According to Merritt Hawkins, a physician search and consulting firm, in 2011/12 an average of $280,000 in income was offered to recruit neurologists. The figure of $280,000 is for base salary or guaranteed income only. This amount does not include production bonus or benefits. Click here to read the 2012 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives; Salaries, Bonuses, and Incentives Customarily Used to Recruit Physicians Including Top 20 Most Requested Physician Searches by Medical Specialty.
  • According to Medscape from WebMD which is a part of WebMD Health Professional Network, in 2013 the average compensation for neurologists was $219,000. This figure is based on earnings for full-time work only. It includes salary, bonus, and profit-sharing contributions. For partners, these are earnings after taxes and deductible business expenses but before income tax. They do not include non-patient-related earnings. Click here to read the Medscape Neurologist Compensation Report 2014.
  • According to an article by SignatureMD titled "What’s a Doctor’s Specialty Worth?" the average neurologist salary was $228.000 for the years 2002-2006. The article from SignatureMD, launched in 2007, used information from StudentDoc.com, which compiled the low, median and high end of physician salaries from data supplied by the Allied Physicians, Salary Survey for the years 2002-2006. Neurologists lowest reported salary was $180,000; average reported $228,000 and highest reported salary was $345,000. From StudentDoc.com: “Neurology salaries have remained more stable than in other specialties, like ophthalmology for example. As the population ages and therefore the prevalence of neurological disorders increases, demand for neurologists is expected to grow. With a relatively stable number of neurology residency spots, the number of neurologists is not expected to grow as quickly as the general population is aging, putting upward pressure on neurology salaries.” 
  • An updated 2012 Neurology Salary survey posted by StudentDoc.com noted that the 10th Percentile was $159,300, the Median was $263,800 and the 90th Percentile was $486,600.
  • The American Academy of Neurology, a medical specialty society of Neurologists provides resources to help neurologists understand employment contracts including tips on negotiating employment contracts.
  • Marissa Whalen, a Neurology Recruitment Specialist at RosmanSearch wrote a valuable article titled "How To Evaluate a Neurology Opportunity".  Any neurologist looking for a position will have a wide variety of options in a very favorable job market.  With the large number of open positions, evaluating which ones are worth your limited interview time is critically important. This article will help you think about how to evaluate a neurology opportunity so that you can make an informed decision for the next step in your career.
  • Neurologists who want to maximize their income often choose to work in a group or private practice rather than a hospital or academic setting.
  • Negotiating Your Employment Agreement: A Physician’s Checklist

Click here for more information on neurologist's compensation packages from Practical Neurology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of practice management for clinicians in the field. 

Where Neurologists Find Jobs and Who Hires Neurologists

Neurologists find jobs in the following practice setting or environments. There are a wide variety of clinical, academic and research employment opportunities posted by hiring hospitals, group practices, the governement, universities, pharmaceutical development companies and physician recruiters. Neurologists in the academic arena are often recognized nationally and internationally for their clinical and research expertise and innovations.
  • Academic Institution, Academically Affiliated Hospital, University or Medical School
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Research Laboratory
  • Healthcare Facilities Such as Hospitals and Clinics
  • Healthcare Organization or Health Systems
  • Clinic, Community Health Center or Community Hospital
  • Psychiatric Treatment Facilities
  • Teleneuroogy Service Companies
  • Multispecialty Group Practice
  • Government Agencies
  • HMO/PPO
  • Private Single-Speciality Group Practice
  • Medical and Healthcare Product Manufacturing Companies
  • Military or VA Hospital
  • Solo Practice
  • Government Agency such as the Air Force
  • Outpatient Clinic
Typical Neurologist Practice Situations:
  • Employee
  • Independent Contractor
  • Owner (Solo Practice)
  • Partner

Accreditation and Recognition of Neurologic Subspecialties:

  • The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is responsible for the accreditation of post-MD medical training programs in the United States.
  • United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) is a nonprofit organization that accredits training programs (fellowships) in neurologic subspecialties and awards certification to physicians who demonstrate their competence
    subspecialties.
  • The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) develops and provides valid and reliable procedures for certification and maintenance of certification in psychiatry and neurology.

Neurologists Search For Jobs in The Following Subspecialties:

How Neurologists Search for Jobs

Some neurologists use employment-related search engines such as Indeed.com, the Neurology Career Center or the JAMA Career Center to find a satisfying new job. Neurologists who are just starting their careers along with practicing neurologists also use the RosmanSearch "Search Available Neurology Jobs" feature on this web site to search the list of available neurology jobs and positions by job title, region or subspecialty to find a neurology or neurologist job that they want to consider. Job seekers who are searching for a new neurology job are invited to submit their CV to RosmanSearch. A majority of neurologists look for neurology jobs online and in print publications. Many neurologists use mobile devices with applications to browse job listing apps to search for neurologist jobs.

Job Search Options for Neurologists:

Neurologists don't always work in hospitals or multi-specialty clinical settings. Neurologists don't always get jobs easily and the job search process can be arduous. Sometimes neurologists find jobs without using a recruiter and prefer to use traditional job search methods such as word-of-mouth, networking and referrals. Neurologists often start their job search process by doing research online to get a good overview of the neurologist job market outlook.

Where Neurologist Search for Jobs

Although it is true that the demand for neurologists is concentrated in Texas, California and New York, RosmanSearch has many available subspecialty neurology jobs in most regions of the United States. These regions include the Midwest, Northeast, South and West. Click here to read a study which estimates current and projects future neurologist supply and demand under alternative scenarios nationally and by state from 2012 through 2025.

Most neuro-oncologist positions are currently found in large medical centers and hospitals in major cities such as Houston, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Neurologists should be aware the geography has an impact on their salary and compensation.  Neurologists who practice in the South Central and Southeastern areas of the United States make more money than the neurologists who work in the Mid-Atlantic region.

How Neurologists Protect Their Confidentiality During Job Searches

Regardless of how neurologists search for jobs, to one degree or another, they want to use secure and confidential resources to obtain employment. Some neurologists will contact a recruiting firm like RosmanSearch and specify that they want their confidentiality protected when they submit their curriculum vitae (C.V.). RosmanSearch has some good advice on preparing your CV to convey the right message.

If you are a neurologist and want to submit your CV to RosmanSearch, please understand that we will never send it anywhere without your express permission. Click here to gets some tips on a neurologist job search.

Other neurologists may use an employment-related search engine such as Indeed.com to search for neurologist job openings and neurologist job listings, they usually are asked to send a cover letter and curriculum vitae when they inquiry about a neurologist job opening. To protect their confidentiality, neurologists should not conduct job searches during work hours or on the computer networks of their employers. Neurologists should make sure to avoid using their computers, email, telephone systems, postal services or fax lines to search for new employment opportunities.

When neurologists work with neurology industry-specific recruiters such as RosmanSearch, they frequently provide a list of hospitals and health systems that should be avoided in order to prevent their current employer from discovering that they are considering a new neurologist position. Neurologist recruiters usually try to avoid contacting anyone at the candidate’s place of employment for a reference without permission, contacting a candidate’s references without permission or informing a candidate’s employer that they are conducting a job search.

RosmanSearch recommends that neurologists who are interested in protecting their confidentiality during a job search read the National Association of Physician Recruiters Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Summary

The neurology team at RosmanSearch has an excellent understanding of the different types neurology practice settings, factors that influence a neurologist's career satisfaction, neurologist salaries, the future of neurology, the neurology career path, neurology career options and the neurologist job market outlook and job vacancies. Neurologists often begin the process of finding a new job by searching the available neurologist jobs posted on the RosmanSearch website or by calling 216-906-8188 to speak with a recruiter on our neurology team.

Additional Resources for Neurologists Searching for Jobs and Information on Their Career Path:

"RosmanSearch did an outstanding job with this search and we truly appreciate the quality of your work and of the candidates you presented."

Beth Tze, CEO, Alexian Brothers Medical Group, Chicago, IL