Hiring an MOA? Free resource for the medical community

Whether it is finding temporary help or adding team members to an expanding office, the challenge to find qualified medical office assistant candidates is the same for most medical clinics, especially in an unfocused recruitment space. As a physician’s spouse, over the past 10 years I have been tasked with hiring MOAs, and I have noticed that the recruitment process is fragmented. We scatter advertisements across various websites—craigslist, Indeed.com, college career sites—or post on the many MOA Facebook pages. The medical community would benefit from a dedicated website to post MOA jobs. Most physicians are seeking a similar candidate profile, and if we collectively post in one MOA-specific place, the benefits will be an increase in qualified applicants and a shorter time to hire.

With this need in mind, I created www.MOACareers.com. The goal of the website is to improve the hiring experience for medical clinics and to create a central place to view MOA opportunities. Posting a job is easy and free. Create a posting simply by using the provided template, designed specifically for the MOA role. The website offers an employer dashboard where clinics can post temporary, part-time, and full-time positions, and look for practicum students. The site also offers tips for physicians looking to hone their hiring skills.

This website is a free, grassroots initiative created by a medical family. As this is a new resource, your ideas for improvement are welcome. Please send your feedback to info@moacareers.com. Happy hiring.
—Caroline Dickson, MBA


Caroline Dickson is a faculty member of the Langara School of Management. She also assists with the administration of her husband’s multiphysician clinic in Surrey, BC.

Caroline Dickson, MBA. Hiring an MOA? Free resource for the medical community. BCMJ, Vol. 60, No. 10, December, 2018, Page(s) 507,509 - News.

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