Top 10 Healthcare Career Resource Articles of the Last 10 Years

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top 10 healthcare career resources blogs from the last 10 years

October 1st, 2022 HospitalRecruiting celebrated a huge milestone by marking its tenth year being in business. In honor of a decade dedicated to healthcare staffing all across the United States, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the recruiters and job seekers who have chosen our job board for their job searches and hiring needs.

Since the beginning, we’ve strived to be a resource to both healthcare employees and employers alike, most successfully demonstrated by the diversity of publications in our Healthcare Career Resources Blog. Across 10 years, countless doctors, nurses, advanced practitioners and recruitment professionals have been offering their insight and personal experience as resources to you, our readers.

Of course, amidst so many healthcare articles there were sure to be some standouts; helpful guides, musings, and resources that stood the test of time. Of the last ten years, these are the top performing HospitalRecruiting articles that those in the healthcare industry can’t get enough of.


2013: Physician Job Search Tips: Remember that MGMA Salary Numbers are Averages!

Author: Michael Jones

mgma word cloud - average physician compensation, physician job market, etc


From 2013, the top HospitalRecruiting article covers the topic of physician compensation.

It’s important for physician job seekers to view MGMA salary surveys from the right point of view. Understanding the significance of the job market you want to enter, as well as being aware of guaranteed income available to a specific market help set realistic expectations regarding compensation and are critical components of finding an ideal job.

Honorable 2013 mentions: Strategies for recruiting success, Top 5 ways to fail at a job interview


2014: Keep Your Eyes Open to Realities of Saturated Physician Job Markets

Author: Michael Jones

Over served job markets are stressful for physicians

2014’s most viewed article was all about the reality of the saturated physician job market, and how it could affect your career search.

A saturated job market for physicians means that there are either enough, or more than enough doctors in the same specialty available to meet the demands of the population. Many new physicians, especially recent graduates, often begin their career search in an area considered to be a saturated market.

Honorable 2014 mentions: Letters of Intent Benefit Physicians and Employers, How to NOT Pre-screen yourself out of a job


2015: Residency Match Tips for International Medical Graduates

Author: Ayesha Khan, MD

Our best performing resource from 2015 offers tips for international medical graduates on how to match for a residency.

International learning and job experience usually increase your competitive advantage over domestic applicants in most business fields like marketing, finance, and human resources. Unfortunately this rule of thumb is not often applicable in the healthcare industry, so we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for international medical graduates to match with an applicable residency in the U.S.

Honorable 2015 mentions: Career Options for International Medical Graduates, Where Registered Nurses Make the Most Money


2016: How to Stay Mentally Strong During USMLE Step 1 Preparation

Author: Annya Suman

Staying Mentally Strong for USMLE Step 1 Prep

In 2016, the blog viewers checked out most was all about staying strong during prep for USMLE  (United States Medical Licensing Examination).

One of the biggest challenges during the preparation for the Step 1 is staying positive and mentally strong. It sounds easy, “Yes! Stay positive!” but the anxiety, the fear of the unknown, and the expectations we place on ourselves have the power to put us in a downward spiral. Following are a few tips and pointers students should keep in mind that may help them with their fears and anxiety.

Honorable 2016 mentions: 8 tips to Increase Physician Recruiting Success, What Really Motivates Physicians in Training


2017: Highest Paying Physician Assistant Specialties

Author: MaryAnn DePietro

Highest Paying Physician Assistant Specialties | Healthcare Career Resources Blog

While a lot of factors go into choosing a career, arguably the most important is salary. That’s why 2017’s top article was all about the highest paying physician assistant specialties.

Choosing which area of medicine you want to pursue should be based on several things, such as your interests, the lifestyle you want, and your goals. That being said, it does not hurt to get an idea of what different specialties pay. Here are three of the highest paying PA specialties.

Honorable 2017 mentions: Jobs in Healthcare that are Mostly Behind the Scenes, Top 10 Reasons Physician Assistant is a Great Career


2018: A Day in the Life of a Trauma ICU Nurse

Author: MaryAnn DePietro

Career Analysis - Trauma ICU Nursing

The top HospitalRecruiting article of 2018 was a slice-of-life piece on nursing, to give some insight into what the day-to-day life of a trauma ICU nurse looks like.

Picture this; responding to an overhead page, physicians and nurses rush to the intensive care unit stat. Once they get in, they work furiously to save a patient’s life. If you have ever watched a medical drama on television, you may be familiar with the scene above. But does TV provide an accurate picture of what life is like for nurses and doctors? Not exactly. Continue reading to find out what a day in the life of a trauma ICU nurse is really like.

Honorable 2018 mentions: Career Options in Respiratory Therapy, These are the Fastest Growing Healthcare Careers


2019: Lessons of Freakonomics – USMLE Step 2 CS is Excellent at Revenue Generation

Author: Ted Tsai, MD

USMLE Step 2 CS - A Money Making Marvel

The most viewed article of 2019 was all about the medical licensing, more specifically the clinical skills assessment involved with it, and what it means for practicing physicians.

In 2004, “the powers that be” declared it mandatory that all US medical students must pass a newly created clinical skills examination as part of the USMLE in order to become licensed.

So why create the “USMLE Step 2 CS” exam, and what is it? In short, it is a standardized assessment of clinical skills. At least, that’s the intention. The implication of standardized testing is that anyone that has passed it has met some minimum standard of skills and/or knowledge. That may sound reasonable, but if there’s any chance that the test doesn’t accomplish that, the entire rationale for the test’s existence falls apart. If you think that isn’t possible– that surely this test is a vigorously proven instrument– think again.

Honorable 2019 mentions: How to Survive Joint Commission Visit, The Job Shadow Interview


2020: Top Ten Highest Paying Nurse Practitioner Specialties

Author: Catherine Burger, RN

Highest Paying Nurse Practitioner Specialties

Though in retrospect 2020 might not have been everyone’s favorite year, at least it gave us this informative breakdown of nurse practitioner specialties by salary.

The role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) is ubiquitous in the field of medicine. Wherever one finds a physician in a clinical setting, a nurse practitioner (with training and little oversight) may also be found. While salaries for these advanced practice nurses will vary from region to region in the U.S., there are also some salary differences based on area of specialty.

Honorable 2020 mentions: Pros and Cons of a Postgraduate PA Residency, Agency Nursing: The Good The Bad and the Beautiful


2021: Why RVUs Are A Great Way To Go

Author: Russell Singleton, PA

Why RVUs Are Best for Clinician Compensation

In light of the (at the time) recent pandemic and surging demand for healthcare professionals, many physicians started placing an emphasis on their value as a provider. It’s no surprise then that 2021’s best performing article was breaking down RVUs (relative value units) as a great way to be compensated.

No matter your profession, when searching for new employment or a raise, knowing your value is crucial. While there are many ways to add value to a practice, healthcare provider value, and thus their compensation, is often tied to billing and collections. How is this relationship determined? Put simply, some receive a percentage of revenues and some are paid by RVUs, but which system makes the most sense? This article will discuss two main ways that clinician production is compensated.

Honorable 2021 mentions: Job Search Advice for the New Grad Nurse, What to Expect When Summoned by the State Nursing Board


2022: Urban, Suburban, or Rural Practice: Pros and Cons

Author: Laura Gilroy, MD

rural urban suburban practice

Closing out a decade of high-performers is an article all about location, location, location; where should you be practicing medicine? That’s what healthcare providers on HospitalRecruiting were asking all of 2022, too!

Many physicians dream of the day they get the free agency to choose their desired locale, rather than have their geography determined by fate. From city skylines to cornfields, there are pros and cons to every style of practice. Here is one physician’s perspective on the differences between urban, suburban, and rural practice.

Honorable 2022 mentions: Top 35 Questions to Ask Before Signing Your First Physician Contract, Smart Contracts in Healthcare


Retrospective on 10 Years

Our goal as a job board has always been to provide resources to connect qualified job seekers with hiring employers and make these searches easy. We hope you found this aggregated article of our top-performing blogs to be an educational supplement to your career, as well as a resource to your staffing needs. We could not have done it without the diligence of these talented healthcare professionals, and of course, your own curiosity. Cheers to 10 years, and may there be many more!


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