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    Hello,
    I am a Family Medicine trained current Sleep Medicine fellow in the process of finding PSLF-eligible job prospects in California.
    Unfortunately, there seem to be limited PSLF-eligible employers in the state. VA is obviously an option, but the low pay is quite a significant downside.
    Most of the other options seem to be non-501(c)3.

    My question is, when I am searching for jobs in websites and what not, how do I know whether they are PSLF eligible. Is there sort of a database that lists all eligible employees, or the best option is to contact each of the potential employers and ask them specifically?

    I greatly appreciate the responses.

  • #2
    Not sure in all honesty but maybe try this non-profit search engine. I presume you can narrow it down my location. https://www.guidestar.org/

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    • #3
      I don't think there is a great tool or robust website that has all this detail. Here's a couple of ideas:
      • What i've seen others do is they pick a couple of cities they could see themselves living in, and then they list the hospitals in the area and look to see if they qualify. This can be a helpful exercise when you are trying to find a job that qualifies.
      • Google non-profit hospitals in california.
      • Look up the university hospitals in your area
      • Avoid Kaiser
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      • #4
        I'm in the same position. It is annoying but there's no way to narrow it down. If you google the company, it's not always clear if the for-profit master company has a non-profit branch, or if the non-profit branch is actually some sort of foundation that is not the hospital that will employ you, or if it is a non-profit group but is going to offer you a 1099 contract position.
        Do not depend on the physician recruiter to know off the top of their head. You basically have to keep poking people and asking human resources until you get an answer.

        It is frustrating.

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        • #5
          It often does require googling or looking at the individual organizations website +/- discussing with HR.

          However, an initial first step I typical do is to search for an organization's form 990. Usually just type in "organization form 990" into Google. If they have one, there's a high chance the job is a non-profit, but again other details (1099 v W2, etc.) matter.

          ​​​​​​​Form 990 is also useful, as it lists the incomes of the highest paid employees, which can give you an idea of exec and even physician salaries within the organization.

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            • #7
              Appreciate the responses guys. The suggestion on googling non-profit hospitals and Form 990 have been helpful. The frustrating bit is that they don't mention whether they're hiring any particular specialty, especially something as scarce as Sleep Medicine. I guess the best option is to just painstakingly message the recruiter/coordinator of these hospitals/institutions?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KB123 View Post
                Appreciate the responses guys. The suggestion on googling non-profit hospitals and Form 990 have been helpful. The frustrating bit is that they don't mention whether they're hiring any particular specialty, especially something as scarce as Sleep Medicine. I guess the best option is to just painstakingly message the recruiter/coordinator of these hospitals/institutions?
                Sometimes recruiters were surprisingly unhelpful/lazy when it came to doing their job. Even as a psychiatrist, I would find myself almost having to coax the internal HR recruiters to respond and essentially do their job.

                If you can find the info, try reaching out to a department head (ideally another doctor) to assess their interest. Some places may not have a job posting, but would welcome bringing you on board. That's where talking to HR can become a barrier sometimes: "we don't have any positions posted for that."

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                • #9
                  ^^^^ True, sometimes the HR folks don't even know what you are talking about if your employer is a non-profit or 501(c)(3). Can take a little extra due diligence on your end.
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