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Job Searching on the Web

Katz, Barbara

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000295898.57660.da
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Ms. Katz is the president of the Katz Company, an emergency medicine consulting firm dedicated to providing expert physician recruitment services and training emergency medicine residents in effective job searching.



A host of web sites can help the emergency physician find a new job. Unfortunately, most of them are sublime and ridiculous, but some sites are valuable if you know where to look. By Googling the term “emergency physician jobs,” here's what may come up on any given day. is a generalist physician job site that requires physicians to register and provide all of their contact information before viewing potential positions. There are about 28 pages of emergency medicine listings, and my research shows locum, nurses, PAs, and other non-physician professionals are included. Some of the listings are as much as two years old. is the online career job center for the New England Journal of Medicine. This job bank included six emergency physician jobs in the entire country as well as a position for a nocturnist. What exactly is a nocturnist? is a real pip! It has salary surveys and resume assistance, all of which are completely inaccurate and inappropriate for an emergency physician. It will even distribute your resume to thousands of recruiters nationwide. Yikes! Actually, it's a clearinghouse for generalist physician job web sites. You might also see offering around 30 EP jobs all from recruiters.

The players and the order change every time you use any of the search engines. Quite often the sites that appear on top have paid to be there (a highlighted background indicates paid placement) and actually have little to offer an emergency physician job seeker. But there is a web site dedicated exclusively to emergency physician positions. Called, it is a nationally recognized web site for emergency physician job searching, and you can usually find it in the top five. is the place most ED employers list their jobs, making it the best place for a job seeker to find the right position. At any given time, the site lists more than 1,200 emergency physician positions across the country. Job seekers can easily navigate the states, and no registration is required. The site also provides special sections for administrative positions and a featured job section that provides photos and details on the area as well as the job. Another section provides contact information for every state medical board in the country. So what has made this site the top source for EP job seekers and employers? I went to the source, Ralph Single, MD, the developer and web master of, for answers.

Dr. Single began the site as a kind of hobby (he's an admitted computer geek) 10 years ago because he wanted to learn more about the Internet. He decided the best way to learn was to actually create a web site. He needed content so, as a board certified emergency physician himself, he contacted some colleagues and asked them to send him some ads. It's been like a snowball rolling downhill ever since.





I asked Dr. Single to what he attributes the rapid growth and popularity of the site. Although he said he didn't think 10 years was all that rapid, he said timing had something to do with it. “Initially, there were not many sites doing focused job advertising,” he said. But his site has succeeded because of “a combination of factors,” he said.

The first is the ease of search; there's no need to register or sign in, no passwords to remember, no CVs to send. “In the beginning, I gave away a lot of free advertising, and once it started rolling, I spent a lot on promotion,” Dr. Single said. “Now it's the lowest fee structure of the emergency physician job sites and provides personal service with a balance of automation and personal contact.”

Timing is another major factor. “A job develops, an ad goes up online the same day, and responding e-mails are answered in a few hours,” Dr. Single said. “It's all very immediate. The site also features a lot of content, and random listings give all the advertisers equal opportunity to come up anywhere in the state listings, except the top spot which is rented by an individual employer. The order in which jobs appear changes with every new search. Priority listings and featured listings also give advertisers or recruiters with only one job an opportunity for great exposure.”

Dr. Single recommends that users visit the site at least once a week — the listings change daily — and become familiar with the site; it makes return visits quicker. The bottom of each listing shows the date it was submitted, so a quick glance will show the newest listings. His site also has an option called Job Watch where physicians can leave their names and e-mail addresses for up to three states. Those registering will be notified automatically by email of all new jobs that come up in those states every two weeks. He said physicians focusing on a particular state should go through the entire list of jobs in that state on every visit.

I can't do this column without mentioning the ACEP/EMRA site, When I checked it, there were 389 positions listed from around the country, including a large portion of locum spots. The site is run in conjunction with a generalist web site, HealtheCareers Network, and while the listings are fairly descriptive, the cost to employers is relatively high. It's worth looking at, but for a representative of the specialty, I think it leaves a lot to be desired.

AAEM also has a job bank focused for the democratic group devotee ( Advertisers must sign a certificate of compliance that agrees to the tenets and policies of the organization. There were less than 50 jobs listed on the site when I visited in April.

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