Residents & Fellow FAQ

You have questions as a Resident or Fellow? We have answers.

Can you help me find a permanent position?
Yes! Optimum Permanent Placement Services, can help in your search for a permanent position. As a full-service physician staffing company, we are committed to helping physicians find the best career options. If you are looking for a permanent position, our Optimum team will dedicate one of our Physician Advisors to walk you through the process.
Why would I work with a recruiter from a firm vs. directly with the facility?
When you work with Optimum we are dedicating a Physician Advisor to help you with your search. This not only provides you with someone that is partnering with you to find you the right opportunity for you and our client—matching you with the right opportunity but this individual is your resource assisting with market compensation data, interview scheduling, coordination and preparation, and contract negotiation.
Do your clients offer sign-on bonuses and relocation? What is the average amount?
Typically, most of our clients will offer a sign-on bonus and relocation although some clients do not. The average sign-on bonus is $10,000 and relocation is $5,000.
Where do you have opportunities? What geographic locations?
We are a nationwide company. We work with hospitals, health systems and group practices throughout the United States.
Do you have opportunities for physicians requiring J1 or H1b Visa sponsorships?
Yes. We have many clients that will sponsor J1 and H1b visas. You can work with one of our Physician Advisors to determine what opportunities are available in your desired geographic location.
What kind of orientation will I get?
Orientations are unique to each client setting. Some orientations are web-based while others are in person and include areas like: facility layout and access procedures, clinical process, EMR systems and safety protocols. Your Physician Advisor will have all the details regarding the client’s orientation process.
How long does it typically take to get licensed and credentialed? How quickly can I anticipate starting work after completing residency?
The length of time to get licensed and credentialed varies by state and facility. It can take as little as 6 weeks or as much as 6 months. Your Physician Advisor can guide you through the process and give you an estimate of what to expect based on your geographic preference and the facilities you are interviewing with.

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