Physician Employment Trends – 2011

Physician Employment Trends- 2011
More Physicians Seek Hospital Employed Model
According to a new survey from Accenture (NYSE:ACN), more physicians will continue to leave their private practices to seek hospital employed positions this year. Their survey shows the rate of independent physicians employed by health systems will increase 5% over the next three years, and by 2013 less than 1/3 of physicians will remain truly independent (NY Business Wire).
As a physician recruiter I speak with more and more physicians seeking hospital employed positions after their practices have suffered due to the economic downturn. Further, many do not want to deal with the administrative headaches that running a private practice can bring, any longer.
For some candidates, a hospital employed position can provide greater stability in a fragile economic environment, offer the latest in technology and equipment and provide a better work-life balance.
There are many innovative ways for hospitals to recruit and retain these candidates in this environment. One is to employ a specialist firm to network and source candidates from this expanding talent pool. As an education, consulting and recruitment company, SpineSearch has a unique place in the fields of Orthopedics, Neurosurgery , Neurology and Pain Management; offering industry leading expertise to hospital clients seeking new talent, and providing opportunities for those physicians seeking new challenges.

Tom Sullivan
Vice President of Recruitment
SpineSearch LLC

Retention Management in the Era of Health Care Reform

Retention Management in the Era of Health Care Reform

Press Release: SpineSearch is looking forward to an interactive discussion with fellow colleagues at this week’s Becker’s conference in Chicago where we will discuss common challenges in staff retention. SpineSearch would like to Thank Scott Becker and Jessica Cole for the opportunity to present this discussion.

Creating Brochures for Doctor’s Offices

“Differentiation” is the key in creating a Brand. So why is it that most Doctor’s Brochures are viewed as a consumable expense and look just like any other professional practice or organization brochures? Homogenizing is BORING! Your positioning must be unique and you can’t be everything to everyone, so why try to be? You want to appeal to as many in your target market as possible. You must recognizee someone will be left out – That is OK.

Brochure vs. Patient Education is completely different and we will argue they should be separate. Education does just that educates and informs (general/homogenized/plain vanilla….is ok) brochures motivate people to become your clients. Unless you are the only Doctor in the geographic area choosing a surgeon is a very emotional process – patients choose a surgeon emotionally and justify logically. Brochures need to sell from the heart not the head. Both visuals and words sell the emotion.

Utilization of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in specialty practices

With the advent of health care reform, both multi-surgeon spine practices and solo practitioners are faced with the challenge of managing the over 32 million Americans that will now have access to health care and remaining both profitable, and efficient while doing so. Part of the solution will be further incorporation of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants into specialty practices to accommodate a larger patient volume in addition to allowing specialists more time to focus on complex conditions. See link to Spine-Health for full article:

Job Tips for a Tough Market

Health care professionals need to find more creative means of finding unique job opportunities in today’s tough economic environment.  Continuing education events are a great way to network with colleagues, hiring officials, and industry experts.  This may very well be the way you land your next job…Visit SpineSearch as Nicola Hawkinson, DNP and Nursing spectrum present Staying Ahead of the Curve(TM): An Introduction to Best Practice in the Treatment of Scoliosis Wednesday, June 08, 2011 from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM (ET) Mercerville Hamilton Square, NJ
Please visit link for more information and or to register:

Best of Luck With Your Job Search!

SpineSearch to attend CareerMD Fair in NYC

SpineSearch will be attending the upcoming CareerMD Fair in New York City on February 7, 2011. The career fair will be held from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the: Hilton New York , 1335 Avenue of the Americas, (6th Avenue at 54th Street).

Residents and Fellows in all medical specialties and all years of training are invited to attend this event. SpineSearch representatives will speak with Residents and Fellows about broader career-planning issues such as J1 issues, decisions about sub-specializing, and employment trends in the fields of orthopedics, neurosurgery, and pain management.  We look forward to seeing you at the SpineSearch booth and discussing our various surgeon job opportunities located across the country.

Becker’s ASC Webinar

I would like to thank Becker’s ASC for inviting me to lecture about the challenges we will face in 2011 in spine.  We had over 50 participants, and an abundance of follow up e-mails and phone calls with positive commentary.  This webinar will soon be archived on our site for your viewing.  Please feel free to continue the dialogue as healthcare is changing for us in the US everyday.

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