During times of economic uncertainty it is understandable that people will look afar to see if the grass truly is greener on the other side of the fence. It happened during the Great Depression in the 1930's when millions of people transplanted themselves from economic devastation to far off lands hoping for a better life. During our current slump I have to admit that I have been peeking over the fence just a little to see if perhaps something better might be just beyond the proverbial fence.
To help me do that, I've been using an anesthesia job listing site called GasWork.com. No I am not shilling for the site. I've never been contacted by anybody at GasWork or have received any compensation for mentioning and linking to them. I just find their site to be very useful and I'd like to share this information with my readers.
I've looked through their site on and off since residency. While most plum jobs are passed down through word of mouth, supposed you are moving to a distant city or state and you don''t know anything about the job market there. This site can help you locate jobs in that general area and give you a head start. It's also interesting to see what kinds of pay packages and benefits are offered by other groups. For instance, I'm envious of those jobs in the Midwest and South that offer weeks of paid vacation time, signing bonuses, meager call schedules, health insurance, malpractice insurance, and even dental plans as part of their benefits. Out here in the Golden West the employers pretty much assume you want to live here anyway and don't offer nearly as many incentives.
GasWork also has job listings for CRNA's, anesthesia assistants, and anesthesia techs. In 2011, one shouldn't have to cold call anesthesia departments in different hospitals to locate a job. While having formal contacts are always the best way to find open positions, this site can help you get started on the kinds of jobs and benefits you can expect to find in a given location. Hope you soon-to-graduate residents and bright eyed optimists find this information useful.