Take your assistant to your new job?

June 16, 2006

After my resignation became public, my medical assistant said that she'd like to go with me to my new employer. Should I ask that group to try to accommodate her? If I make such a request, could it be considered "stealing" from my former employer?

Q: After my resignation became public, my medical assistant said that she'd like to go with me to my new employer. Should I ask that group to try to accommodate her? If I make such a request, could it be considered "stealing" from my former employer?

A: It might, if your current contract prohibits a departing physician from recruiting employees. The best advice is to stay out of it. As a newcomer to the group, you probably won't have the clout to persuade the group to take on an additional staffer. Suggest that she go through formal channels if she wants to apply for a job. If her resume's on file when a position opens up, you can vouch for her then.