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Healthcare: Should You Hire for Education or Experience?

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The field of medical human resources is definitely full of both its rewards and challenges. Ask anyone in this field, and they will tell you that one of the most ever-present debates would be: Do you hire based on someone’s education or experience? Of course, some counter with another question: Should you hire based on a little bit of both education and experience? Here are some benefits of both of these advantages and how they can be an asset to your hiring procedures.

The Value of Experience

First of all, there is a lot of value regarding having experience in the medical field. There are a lot of medical administrators that value those who have hands-on experience when it comes time to hire for medical positions. They want to know that those they are considering hiring are going to be able to jump and be an asset to the medical team right away. This can often only be done by someone who has had a wealth of practice. According to Sanford Brown, many programs will actually facilitate an externship that places participants in work settings for them to leave first-hand instead of spending all their time in the classroom. These experiences make prospective hires more valuable because they have done the work before instead of just learning about it.

The Value of Education

Of course, education plays a role in the medical field as well. According to The Hire Talent, In medical professions there is a trend toward a solid education being considered over someone who has significantly lesser education in the field but has obtained some hands-on experience in the setting. Education is often viewed as important for those who are experienced as well, simply because it provides them with extra professional development and as a means to continually develop their skills and be exposed to new situations. For more specialized medical professions, an education is the gateway to being hired. Without a degree, there is no way to make sure they are completely qualified.

The Value of a Little Bit of Both

Although the debate between education vs. experience is likely to be never-ending, there is something to be said about someone who possesses both. Yes, the experience is very valuable. However, it needs to be paired with that “piece of paper” in order for a practitioner to be as up-to-date in their field as possible. Education can also often play a role in helping a student who is yet to find a job in the medical field to still have the ability to build a variety of different workplace skills.

When you are looking for the right person to hire, it is important to consider all your options, but the best candidates are going to have both the education necessary for the job and some experience under their belt, whether that comes from a job or externship during schooling. Make sure you properly assess your needs and hire accordingly.

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