A large, complex community hospital in Canada with a newly established academic mandate required a Chief and Medical Director for a key department. The recruitment was to take place in a truncated timeframe.
Not only is physician search a very challenging segment of executive search; leadership roles in this particular specialty have traditionally been very difficult to fill.
Other similar positions remained vacant across the province at the time of this recruitment.
We very quickly met with our key client stakeholders to determine the needs of the organization and the challenges and opportunities for the new Chief and Medical Director of the Department.
We immediately sought out the advice and expertise of our many sources in this specialty. Through our many years of experience in this field, we have developed a large network of sources. We leveraged those connections and reviewed our extensive database of physician candidates to prepare a target list of highly sought after individuals.
Our outreach was thorough, specialty focused and nation wide. Through our efforts we were able to quickly turn around a stellar long list of physician leaders for this role.
Our client felt they had five strong candidates and ultimately chose to interview three. After a lengthy discussion, a preferred candidate was chosen.
Additional meetings, references, contract negotiations, credentialing, Medical Advisory Committee approval, Board approval and internal/external announcements all occurred within a three-week timeframe. Project coordination was vital during this phase and to the overall success of the search.
Ultimately, both the client and the candidates (including the preferred candidate and the unsuccessful candidates) provided Four Corners Group with great feedback regarding the process and the outcome.