If there was ever any doubt that RiverView Health’s Community Physician Recruiter Incentive Program would bring in quality physicians it should be squashed as Sherine Talaat, MD, PhD, recently became the third physician hired through the program.

    If there was ever any doubt that RiverView Health’s Community Physician Recruiter Incentive Program would bring in quality physicians it should be squashed as Sherine Talaat, MD, PhD, recently became the third physician hired through the program.

    Dr. Talaat recently began her internal medicine practice at RiverView Clinics in Crookston and East Grand Forks. She was referred to RiverView Health by Dr. Christina Harmon. The two women worked together in residency at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Harmon was familiar with RiverView’s Community Recruiter Program through her sister, Kalie Crayton, activities director at RiverView Care Center.

    The Community Recruiter Program was launched in 2016 to engage the community in the effort to connect with and successfully recruit physicians to RiverView’s great community and hospital for a rewarding career in medicine. In return, anyone responsible for igniting the spark that eventually brings a qualified physician to full-time employment at RiverView is justly rewarded financially.

    “The success of the Community Recruiter Program has had an overwhelming impact on RiverView Health and the communities we serve,’’ shared Carrie Michalski, RiverView Health president and CEO. “Not only are we recruiting physicians for critical roles on our care delivery team, but we are recruiting the highest caliber physicians to our team.’’

One, two and three

    Dr. Brett Vibeto was the first physician hired through the Community Recruiter Program after Crookston resident Dallas Aune introduced the idea of joining RiverView to Dr. Vibeto, who Aune knew through mutual friends. The rest, as they say, is history and Dr. Vibeto started his general surgery practice at RiverView in February.

    Along with Dr. Vibeto, fellow general surgeon Dr. Lorant Divald also joined RiverView in February. Dr. Divald went on to recruit Dr. Kjoung Ho Lee to RiverView through the Community Recruiter Program. Drs. Divald and Lee had been colleagues in New Mexico. Dr. Lee began as an emergency physician at RiverView in August.

    The addition of Dr. Talaat makes three for the popular recruiter program, but there is still room for more recruiting. Currently, RiverView has physician opportunities in Urology and Family Practice, with OB.

Getting ahead of the trend

    The Community Recruiter Program is an effort to get out ahead of the forecasted physician shortage. Studies show that there will be a shortage of about 90,000 physicians in the year 2020 and an even greater gap of about 130,000 in 2025. With the community’s help, RiverView is looking to keep that shortage at bay.

    Community recruiters assist the hospital by sharing physician opportunities with family, friends, classmates, colleagues and others. When a physician or physician-in-training expresses a desire to learn more, community recruiters complete a form (by paper or online at riverviewhealth.org) to alert RiverView of the potential candidate. Follow-up communication will be conducted based on candidate preference.

    Upon physician commencement of full-time employment with a minimum commitment of three years of service, the recruiter is paid $10,000, as well as per year payments of $2,000 for the first five years the physician serves at RiverView Health.

    The list of current physician opportunities at RiverView is always posted on the RiverView Health website at riverviewhealth.org.

    For more information on the physician recruiter program, contact Stacey Bruggeman at 218-281-9440.