Finding a Job—Employment Services, Word of Mouth, Job Boards

  • Aaron M. Lipskar


The training of a surgeon rarely focuses on life after residency. The goal of this section is to prepare the surgical trainee in his or her final years of training for the daunting task of navigating the surgical job market in order to maximize the odds of finding a job that fits one’s expectations. Later chapters in this manual will cover both the process of choosing a job as well as salary and contract negotiations. In this chapter, however, the focus will be on the first step of the job hunt, finding a job. Topics such as preparation for the initial job hunt, resources for finding appropriate opportunities, and first interview preparation will be covered.


Job opportunities Interview Training Residency Preparation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric SurgeryHofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Cohen Children’s Medical CenterNew Hyde ParkUSA

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