Placement Stories: The Challenge of Matching a Physician Couple

My colleague Katie, who specializes in Orthopedic Surgery Specialties, and I were given the fun challenge of matching a physician couple. Both candidates were looking for subspecialized jobs within their respective specialties, rather than generally-focused positions, so that added another layer of complexity in addition to their geographic preferences.  

Katie is incredible to work with and makes things so easy. We each have strong relationships with different employers so we can always play to our strengths and use each other’s connections to source opportunities. Another factor that eased the process was the candidates’ high level of responsiveness and thoughtful feedback, which allowed us to maintain momentum.

Ultimately, we found a great long-term fit for both of them. They are in their home state and will be practicing in a structure that fits exactly what they were searching for. Finding jobs for a physician couple isn’t always simple, but it’s worth it when they find jobs in the same city close to home where they can serve their home communities.  

Physician couples are prevalent, so me and my colleagues must work together and stay on the same page. Communication is key: From the candidates, from the employers, and from the great SJA team working on the search. Making sure everyone is on the same page is the key to it all and we can’t wait to match our next physician couple. 

About the Consultants Who Matched the Physician Couple


Cooper Bybee, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Consultant, Otolaryngology Consultant for St. John Associates Cooper Bybee is an Internal/Family Medicine and Otolaryngology ENT Consultant.  

 “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine doctors every day at SJA. This position allows me to create a difference by helping others reach their professional goals. As a former Big Ten Basketball Player, I know how important it is to have a strong team behind you, and my colleagues at SJA are the best.”



Katie Weismiller Orthopedic Specialties Consultant for St. John Associates Physician RecruitingKatie Weismiller is one-half of our dynamic Orthopedic Consulting team and has been with SJA for over 13 years. 

“As a former NCAA Division I athlete and coach, I have spent most of my life assisting people to achieve their professional and personal goals, so I love helping Orthopedic Surgeons match with incredible practices and communities. Outside of work, I enjoy pickleball, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, or supporting my wife on various Ironman Courses.  

Whether coming out of fellowship, the military, or are a practicing Orthopod, let’s find the next step in your career.”


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