residents & new physicians
What's it really like working for Bon Secours Medical? Hear firsthand from one of our newest physicians, Dr. Kerry Eley.
Dr. Eley attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate degree. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed her residency with St. Francis Family Medicine Center in Midlothian, Virginia. Dr. Eley is board eligible in Family Medicine.
Q. You've recently come on board with Bon Secours Medical Group. In just your short time here, describe how your life has changed.
A. I find it much easier now that I am not a resident. I have much more autonomy and I am really enjoying my career to its fullest.
Q. Tell me about the decision to join the medical group.
A. My decision to join the group was a relatively easy one. I was very comfortable with the group given that I completed my residency here. I was happy with the majority of experiences I had as a resident. With Bon Secours, they are such a large group with a lot of assets. They are able to help you easily transition into full-time practice that you can enjoy.
Q. What was the recruitment process like?
A. I sat down with multiple physician recruiters at the corporate offices and talked about what kind of practice I was interested in joining. There were a lot of emails that went back and forth and after meeting with many other Bon Secours administrators an offer for employment was made.
Q. What do you like about Bon Secours?
A. I really appreciate how Bon Secours follows so true to their calling, their credo. I really feel that they are out to help the community and provide care to all of those who need it. That’s very refreshing. Second in line to that are the wonderful facilities. The group is expanding exponentially. It’s just a pleasure to work in these kinds of facilities. I’ve also found all of the corporate staff to be very appreciative of the physicians and also work well with them to keep things going.
Q. What have you observed about the leadership of Bon Secours?
A. The leadership of Bon Secours is very interested and involved in the day to day activities of the practices. The corporate and financial guys keep the practices and physicians very involved.
Q. What would you say to a physician considering Bon Secours Medical Group?
A. I would tell any physician considering Bon Secours that this is a very dedicated organization and in joining the group, you will actually feel like you are helping patients, which is the ultimate reason I chose this career in the first place.
Q. As a new mom, finding that balance must be important.
A. Being a new mom and a family medicine physician practicing OB has been challenging. But, the majority of the time, the current hours are pretty “normal” and I am able to find a good balance between work and home life.
Q. So you like being in Richmond?
A. I was born in the Richmond area and I have lived here my whole life. It really is the best of all worlds. It has a lot of features of a big city, but not some of the downfalls that can go with that. It’s a very good location in the center of the state, so you can easily get to the beach, to D.C., or the mountains.
Q. What do you see for the future?
A. I know Bon Secours Medical Group is steadily increasing the number of practices they have. With the anticipated shortage of primary care physicians this will be very important in getting enough access to the patients. From what I have seen, it seems like Bon Secours is very dedicated to getting enough primary care physicians out into the areas that need them.