Choosing the right place to practice is one of the most important decisions a physician will make. In addition to salary, benefits, and location, it is important to choose an environment where you will be supported and can accomplish your professional goals.
Dr. Parveen Vahora finished her fellowship training in Gyn Minimally Invasive and Pelvic Surgery. Her passion was for gynecology, not necessarily obstetrics. Sitting for her board certification would follow in the appropriate time and those boards would be in OB/GYN. She also knew she would establish a private practice, and would have to maintain hospital privileges for her surgical interventions. And, with the appointment to the Hospital medical staff, she would be expected to take Emergency Room call for OB&GYN.
She began her job pursuit and interview schedule. As is also common in the industry, her preferred vendor product(s) representative(s) kept her informed of certain opportunities throughout the state. (Vendors travel into many hospitals, get to know the OR personnel and help identify potential opportunities for both the physician and the hospital).
Opportunities were abundant. She was exceptionally well-trained and women’s health initiatives were continuing to be either further refined and/or developed. Her outpatient practice should succeed on its own merits of offering new, minimally invasive options to her patients. But, which hospital would or could accommodate her desire to only have OB privileges through her Board results and then allow her to maintain GYN services and GYN call only? While it seems simple enough, at that time, it would be an exception to find a hospital in Florida that didn’t have one call roster – OB/GYN. She definitely didn’t want the OB part after her boards. How would the medical staff respond to her request, if the Hospital and the medical staff were always looking for more to take ER Call in OB/GYN (with the onerous call responsibilities with little to no sleep sometimes for mothers in delivery without a private OB).
Ms. Gillette, as the Hospital CEO, met with the physician in her job search – first at her training site. She travelled to meet the physician and understand her needs and desire. After hospital site visits, more discussions, the offer package was negotiated, and Dr. Vahora signed her deal. There was a clear understanding and alignment of mutual goals. Ms. Gillette agreed to buy the equipment that would be needed for the type of minimally invasive surgery Dr. Vahora would perform. Even so, It was not without challenge that slightly over a year later, Ms. Gillette negotiated with the Medical Executive Committee (all physician leaders for their section) and the Board of Trustees to create a new call roster – GYN. (OB would stand on its own.)
It was only through the efforts of this young physician, her value-add to the community for her highly specialized services, the negotiation and compromise skills of Ms. Gillette with the various hospital committees and the confidence with which Dr. Vahora communicated her desires to her fellow medical staff colleagues that the first GYN only roster was created in a tri-county area.
Today, Dr Vahora remains in her same practice location with an upgrade to a new office site, the additional hiring of mid-level practitioners, the acceptance of physician residents in rotation with her as a teacher, now some 10+ years later.
Why is she so successful? She made her wishes known early on. She found a hospital leader, Ms. Gillette, who was willing “to go to bat for her”. And she is a marketing genius in her own right by attending virtually every women’s group, being a member of the Rotary, and sharing her passion for women’s health. She has grown her skill set and is now proficient in robotics. And, she has found a niche market in being frank with her patients in meeting their needs. It’s all about the fit – the right place, the right opportunity, the ability to market oneself, the partnership with the Hospital.
To learn more about Dr Parveen Vahora, visit her website at https://parveenvahoramd.com/ or visit her practice where her mission is “Inspiring Women to Live Their Best Life by Providing Compassionate Care.”
Kathryn Gillette is the founder of Physician Placement Concierge. This story is one of the many that laid the foundation for her vision that is now our company. She knows the value of finding the right fit and how easily the needs of the physician can become secondary to the needs of the hospital or practice. Her belief that a physician looking to start their practice or a seasoned practitioner looking to make a move need someone on their team to help them ensure the best result. Learn more about Kathy’s story on our website.