Major Components of a
Look Behind the Scenes
We recommend building the position from performance
criteria, which are achievement-based, rather than duty-based. During
the presearch interviews, we ask the question, “What will this person
need to have achieved two years from now for you to look at him or her
as superior?”, and build the criteria from the answers to this question.
An excellent General Surgeon:
Is clinically superior.
This surgeon is clearly a superior clinician and has a low complication
rate. He or she has accomplished general surgical skills,
including strong laparoscopic skills, experience in thoracic, vascular,
colorectal, hernia, gall bladder, wound care and breast procedures, as
well as acute abdominal surgery of all types. “Good in the belly”
Has developed the respect of referring physicians.
This person has developed the respect of both the physicians at the
Mid-City Family Practice Institute and that of the other family
practitioners and internists in our city, as well as the other surgeons
and specialists in town. Not only do they respect his or her
surgical skills, but they like this physician on a personal basis, and
are regularly referring patients to him or her.
Relates to co-workers on a non-hierarchical basis.
This surgeon relates as a peer not only with the other General
Surgeons, but also with the hospital physicians,
administrators, and nursing/support staff.
Is a part of the community. The General Surgeon is visible and active in the greater community.
Has a venture business sense.
This person is not only a fine General Surgeon, but is also an
entrepreneur who understands how to promote a practice, and the need
for this. He or she first builds a general surgery practice in
our city, and then continues to create new ways to augment and improve
the practice there.
Rapidly develops an economically-healthy practice.
This General Surgeon has quickly developed a strong reputation in the
community, and has built a thriving,economically-viable practice.