Rural PREP Grand Rounds: Demystifying the Rural Job Search: Putting your best foot forward

Thursday, February 27, 2020
10:00 am -11:00 am, PT
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, MT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, CT
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, ET

Mike Shimmens, Executive Director of 3RNet
Michelle Varcho, Director of Education Outreach for 3RNet


For those interested in working in a rural setting, the job search can be confusing and overwhelming. This Grand Rounds will help Physician’s Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians untangle the many barriers to their rural job search by introducing tools and resources designed to help those that are looking for rural specific opportunities.

Learning Objectives

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List factors that affect the rural job search.
  2. Develop a professional online candidate profile.
  3. Articulate the importance of job boards, including 3RNet, to your career search.

Pre-Session Review Content

Prior to the January Grand Rounds event, participants should: 

  1. Watch the “Register Today!” whiteboard video on and register on 3RNet.
  2. Locate and document 3 rural job postings on 3RNet and bring to Grand Rounds event.
  3. Develop a professional statement, i.e. 30 second speech about your career goals, experience, yourself. Bring your professional statement for use in the in-session activity.


Mike Shimmens
Executive Director of 3RNet

Mike Shimmens joined the 3RNet (National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network) as Executive Director on August 1, 2012. In this role he works with a nine member Board of Directors to assist 53 non-profit member organizations in the recruitment and retention of quality health care professionals in rural and underserved areas of our country.

Michelle Varcho
Director of Education Outreach for 3RNet

Michelle Varcho is the Director of Education Outreach for the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet). In this role, Michelle coordinates education-related activities for 3RNet members and rural facilities across the country including trainings using 3RNet’s educational tools such as the Recruiting for Retention manual, a rural-focused plan and guidebook focused on finding and keeping providers in rural areas.