Originally Posted by sidehatch
Hopefully this is okay to post this question here versus the regular ophthalmology forum, but I wanted to hear opinions/pick brains of recent post-residency grads (or whomever has an opinion) that maybe were in my shoes within the past few years.
More or less, my plans for post-residency are pretty close to having the bottom fall out and now have a few months to scramble to find something for employment. Looking to start cold calling and reaching out to various practices in an area I am interested in and I am not quite sure how to go about it. What exactly is the proper way to reach out to these places? I'm sure there is a wrong way and a right way to go about it. Any advice, lessons learned, mistakes in the past anyone could pass on would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
So, are you a med student, as your descriptor states, or are you a resident? If the latter, are you a third year? Need to know the time frame here. Are you looking to do straight comprehensive? Do you have anything else to offer (e.g., some subspecialty interest with solid training in residency)? What area are you interested in? Do you have other contacts in the area? What are the circumstances under which the current deal is falling through? Is it you? Is it them? Could you use that? Sorry for all the questions, but a lot depends on your situation. Your best bet for locking up a job is to approach someone who knows you, at least in some regard. Cold calling works, but you have to cast a large net usually.