Tim Wieben is no stranger to healthcare. Unlike many recruiters, he has worked in healthcare himself—for years, in fact. Wieben originally went to school to become an x-ray technician, but he quickly realized that he wanted to be on the administrative side of things. A true people person, Wieben was interested in helping people help people; he wanted to use his business acumen to make sure hospitals and other care facilities had the tools they needed to run smoothly and efficiently.
After roughly 20 years of working in healthcare, Wieben decided to make good use of his vast network of friends and colleagues in the healthcare industry. He started his own business, Medical Recruitment Associates, of which he is both the owner and the front man.
“The transition from employee to business owner was in part due to a close friend who prompted me to make the change. The interest was mutual; he had what I needed to make the transition and I had what he felt we needed to make it happen,” Weiben says. “The two of us partnered for three years and then I broke off and did it on my own. I did that in 1998. I have a network of colleagues in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Minneapolis. We work kind of as a tag team; we help each other find physicians.”
And thus, Medical Recruitment Associates was born.
It’s All About Relationships
Wieben’s professional relationships have allowed him to expand his business, giving him access to countless desirable physician jobs across the country. Even beyond the positive impact of networking on his business, Wieben values his relationships with people above all else. That extends to his clients.
“I’m not the guy who needs to have 50 clients out there stomping on my door,” he says. “I have 15 or 20 clients and I give them my time. And they know when they call me I’ll return their calls… I become friends with some of these people. A lot of times in the bigger organizations and the sweat shops, you never meet these people. You never see them face to face.”
Finding the Perfect Match
Like any great relationship, the perfect job match requires both chemistry and compatibility. Wieben never makes matches between doctors and facilities that don’t have compatible goals. He knows physician careers require gargantuan levels of time and commitment, so he takes care to get things right the first time. And that means going above and beyond the call of duty.
“I pride myself on putting physicians in places where they will succeed,” he explains. “And I don’t just recruit doctors; I recruit the families… I literally make it a point to call these doctors at home when I know they’re at work so I can talk to the spouse. So I can find out what’s going on. Why do you want to move? Tell me about what you want.”
Wieben’s recruitment philosophy is that it’s better to find no job than the wrong job. He believes that the right job is always out there, even if it doesn’t happen overnight.
Bringing Doctors and Employers Together Through PhysEmp
Of course, sometimes the perfect match does indeed happen practically overnight. In working with PhysEmp, Wieben has been pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to target the right candidates for even niche positions.
“We posted an ad for this opportunity in Minneapolis. I just had a little bit on there to spark some interest. I was amazed—a well-matched candidate happened to be online checking things out, and called me within an hour of the time I posted it. We followed up with the revision. He has sent me his CV and, get this, he did his residency there! What are the odds?”
That may be a special circumstance, but these kinds of things happen more often than you might think.
“I just signed a guy today who literally was on PhysEmp for one hour. I posted the job and in one hour he called me. And he said, ‘I’ve been looking for a job in this location. I went to medical school there. I did my residency there. I’ve been gone for 20 years; I wanna go home. We got the signed contract today—he’s going back.”
Shared Experiences and Mutual Understanding
Part of the reason Wieben can make such good matches is because he simply understands people so well – but another large part of it is his own healthcare background.
“If you look at my background it’s 99.9% healthcare,” he says. “I have emptied bed pans, given back rubs, catheterized patients, prepped them for surgery and helped in the ER. I’ve been a registered X-ray technician, doing general and special procedures in a large hospital. I’ve negotiated contracts with physicians, third-party payers, hospitals and clinics. I was involved in a substantial clinic construction project which required working for TIF money, working with contractors and sub-contractors. I was the Director of Physician Services for a Level II trauma center. I was responsible for clinical operations, outreach, and satellite oversight as well as recruiting and hiring for many different facilities.”
“Having been involved in the variety of health care jobs, I feel it puts me at a different level when it comes to speaking about the ins and outs of the employment process with physicians,” Weiben says. “I have had physicians comment on my insight during the process.”
Wieben has certainly found his calling in healthcare recruitment. It takes a special understanding of both doctors’ and administrators’ needs to make the perfect match between a physician and an employer. When it comes to anticipating the needs of both doctors and hospitals, Wieben has it covered.
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