4 ways to engage medical students

4 ways to engage medical residents

Recruiting / November 27th, 2017

 

Connecting with medical residents is a great way to build your network and find qualified candidates for open positions. These four tips will help you form positive, professional relationships with new recruits:

1. Be transparent

In every interaction you have with medical residents, you should strive to be as transparent as possible. The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) recommended thinking of yourself as a resource for residents and becoming someone they can trust – even if they’re interested in other organizations. When you help one resident, word spreads quickly, and you could gain additional leads, even if your initial candidate doesn’t pan out.

2. Understand money isn’t everything

Although it’s true that today’s students are saddled with more debt than their parents were, money still isn’t the only deciding factor when it comes to candidates accepting open positions. Medical residents understand that they’re at the beginning of a long career, and they may be more interested in extending their education, building a professional network and exploring the field. Try to offer incentives that will help them jump-start their careers in the medical field.

Become a trusted resource for medical residents.Become a trusted resource for medical residents.

3. Connect with similar physicians

If you’re looking for ways to connect with residents in a particular specialty, reach out to your contacts within the field. Not only will you gain valuable insights, but you may be able to connect recent grads with professional mentors. Again, this makes you a valuable resource, and someone who they will turn to for career help. If you haven’t checked in with your previous recruits in a while, now is the time to do so.

4. Make an investment in the candidate

Getting to know every job candidate takes time and effort, but it’s an investment worth making. When you speak with potential recruits, try to understand what they value as professionals. Are they interested in working with rural communities? Do they have a family to support? What are their interests outside of work? Having this information makes your job easier. It will also help you weed out candidates who aren’t right for the current position.

Being open and considerate are two key traits every recruiter should strive to exhibit in conversations with medical residents. To make new connections and find qualified job candidates today, post your next listing on myHealthTalent.com.