posted on December 14, 2016 13:26
This post comes to us from our Indiana member, the Indiana Primary Health Care Association.
The Indiana Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) is the Indiana member of 3RNet. Through an agreement with the Indiana State Department of Health we manage the postings for safety net providers on the 3RNet website. We post at no charge to Community Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, and Critical Access Hospitals throughout the state of Indiana.
This year is a bit of a transition year for Indiana, as we have a new person handling the 3RNet responsibilities and we are working to grow our relationships and network into a more well-rounded recruitment and retention system to better support safety net facilities within our state. Our hope is to eventually have a more robust and full on recruitment department in our organization so we can provide more resources to these facilities throughout the process, and not simply post the positions for them.
We also manage the Conrad 30 Program and National Health Service Corps Program for the state of Indiana. These two programs go hand in hand with 3RNet and as we try to encourage providers looking for positions in relation to either of these programs to utilize 3RNet in their job search. We typically fill all 30 of our J-1 slots through the Conrad 30 Program, and this year we actually had 35 applications by mid-October. This was a shock to all of us in Indiana, as we have never received more than 30 applications before January before. This means, unfortunately, that many candidates that were interested in practicing in Indiana will not be able to do so due to the early fill date of the program. Thankfully we have been able to direct several providers to 3RNet and encouraged them to register and see what other states might have positions that accept J-1 Providers. While we hate to turn any doctors away, we are happy to have a well-established platform that we can direct them to in their job search.
We are always looking to connect with other states and learn from your great ideas, so if anyone is also starting out early in their recruitment process or if some of you have well established recruitment programs we would love to touch base and discuss what is working for you and how you got to where you are. The 3RNet community is a great group, and we are so thrilled to be a part of it.