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Publisher’s Note: November/December 2016

November 30, 2016


Publisher’s Note: November/December 2016

This issue of Whitman’s Director of Surgical Services Review is oriented to the interim world. We introduce the reader to Rosemary Ciotoli, who is an Interim Director of Surgical Services who made the transition after a long successful history as a permanent Director at UHS Binghamton in Binghamton, NY. Her interview is insightful especially for candidates considering making the transition from permanent to interim. She is also smart, thoughtful and generous with her insights.

Here are a few of our observation on the interim industry:

The market seems to be growing. There are 400 Directors of Surgical Services who we consider to be professional interims. About half of the vacancies for permanent Directors of Surgical Services (currently that number is 425) have an interim in place at some point in the cycle of the recruitment.

The supply/demand curve is flipped. As compared to the permanent placement world there is a greater number of Interim Directors of Surgical Services than places to put them. If you make the initial transition, you may find a more than expected delay to secure your first assignment. But after some initial “bench time” strong Interim Directors of Surgical Services are in high demand.

Interim Directors of Surgical Services have to be, and generally are, more open to taking roles to run the departments that make up Surgical Services such as PACU, the OR, and SPD. We even see Directors take educator roles. After all, since interim contracts are typically only for 13 weeks, it pays to be flexible. We are happy to have you call any of our recruiters with questions!

– Josiah Whitman, Managing Partner, Whitman Partners