Understanding Millennial Physician Jobseekers: An Updated Look

RPT_CoverPDFIn 2019, we surveyed over 200 millennial physicians to further understand their job-seeking behaviors. At the time, the vast majority (94%) of final-year residents and fellows were millennials.* Since then, millennials have nearly taken over the entire group at 99%. Further cementing the importance of this cohort when it comes to a recruitment pipeline.

Amid the toll of a global pandemic and its infiltrating effect on the health care industry, we revisit these questions to see what has changed. During this historic time, it is essential to understand millennial preferences and behaviors when it comes to looking for a job.

To help empower physician recruiters with valuable insights,
the NEJM CareerCenter surveyed over 200 millennial
physicians on their job-seeking behaviors, including
their preferred methods of communication, likes and
dislikes of the job search process, and much more. The
following report highlights key findings from the study.

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Noteworthy Segments

  • The vast majority of physicians would prefer a full-time position.
  • More males (94%) prefer full-time than females (81%).
  • More specialists (94%) prefer full-time than primary care (84%).

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Learning about an Employer and Company Culture
Three-in-four respondents would check the employer’s website to better understand a potential employer. One-in-two would read employee testimonials and search on employer review sites.

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Study Key Takeaways


Balance is the new compensation
Wanting work/life balance overtook the desire for better compensation as the
#1 factor prompting a new job search.

Mobile matters
Respondents rely heavily on smartphones and laptops when looking for a new job. One-third of respondents have applied for a physician job using a mobile device.

Text is next
Over half of respondents are open to having a text conversation with a recruiter prior to the first interview, and another two-in-five after the first interview.

Care and company culture
The majority of respondents feel that company culture is important in the job
search process.

Virtual reality
Over half of respondents prefer a virtual first-round interview.

Keys to the right platform
Three out of four respondents feel that trustworthiness is very important when choosing an online job site. The number of relevant jobs and career resources content are also important.

Need for speed
Communication and action expectations have increased over the prior study.
Decision-making, transparency, and speed to hire are critical.

Let them experience your company
Three-in-four respondents would check the employer’s website to better understand a potential employer. Half would read employee testimonials and search on employer review sites.

Showcase your talent
The most important aspects of an employer’s reputation included excellent clinical support and medical staff and excellent administrative leadership.

To view a full copy of the whitepaper, visit
recruiters.nejmcareercenter.org.


*PEW Research Center analysis of monthly 1994 and 2017 Current
Population Survey (IPUMS).