Monday, February 28, 2011

Physician Re-Entry in to a Clinical Practice

Many of the physicians we work with are looking to re-enter in to a clinical practice. Whether the physicians have been in research or teaching exclusively, working in pharmaceuticals, or in executive administration, a lot of hospitals have policies that are unable to consider physicians if they have been out of a clinical practice for more than 2 years.

There is also state re-licensing and board recertification involved in most cases as well. Often times it is difficult to identify opportunities for physicians wishing to re-enter in to a clinical practice.

The American Medical Association, in collaboration with the Federation of State Medical Boards and the American Academy of Pediatrics, issued recommendations on January 25th calling for a comprehensive and transparent regulatory process for physicians to come back to medicine. The organization wants policies ensuring that re-entry programs are of high quality and that physicians who complete them are ready to practice.

This is a good article highlighting what a physician can do in a non-clinical practice to keep up with regulating authorities as well as some licensing requirements per state. Read the full article in American Medical News, or click here:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Physician Recruitment for Private Practices

There has been a lot of press recently on the trends of physicians selecting hospital employed practice opportunities, however private practices still offer a niche attractive to many physicians out of training and with experience.

Private practices and smaller groups offer a model that is attractive to many physicians exploring job opportunities. In a group with a few partners, private practices can still offer good quality of life and also more income potential. Smaller groups tend to have less politics involved in practicing medicine and offer more autonomy and control. Many physicians feel they have better connections with their patients in a smaller group setting.

According to experts, attracting new physicians to smaller groups can be successful if they utilize some of the same incentives larger institutions use, also while playing up the advantages of the community and geographic location.

Another way smaller groups can attract new physicians is by making their practices stable. A good reputation, updated technology, good support, and ensuring that various office systems run smoothly will provide similar stability to opportunities in larger groups or hospital settings.

Many physicians out of training choose hospital employed opportunities because of a guaranteed salary, benefit package, and oftentimes loan repayment assistance. Private groups can still present attractive compensation plans and include partnership and ancillary service partnership. Guarantees and volume based incentives can still provide the security offered by hospital groups, and oftentimes the compensation potential is greater over several years than with a hospital employed position.

The small group and private practice will always provide a need to a community and attract potential partners. In this time it's important to effective market your private practice opportunity and evolve offers to stay competitive to hospital based physician jobs.

Read the full article at American Medical News, or click here:

One key in this type of marketing is connecting with physicians that want to work in the area of the practice.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hospital Budgets Rise to Prepare for Higher Demand

Many hospitals have increased their budgets for 2011, mostly due to the anticipated increase in demand largely from healthcare reform.

More than half of the increase will be devoted to hospital information technology. Other items to be included in the budget increase will be dedicated to medical devices and general facilities spending.

Read the full article at

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Predictors of Neurosurgical Career Choice Among Residents and Residency Applicants

According to this article most Neurosurgeons choose academic careers for their first position out of training, however many change to private practice or hospital models after spending a few years in an academic practice.

The article was researched and written for academic institutions to learn how to better retain academic Neurosurgeons to continue their careers and pursuits in academics. Although the article was written studying Neurosurgeons specifically, the same principles can be applied to multiple academic disciplines.
Read the full abstract at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Prioritizing the Work-Life Balance

Many of the physicians we work with prioritize quality of life in their job search. This is a very good article written by Dr. Jennifer Frank on prioritizing the work-life balance.

Read the full article in Physicians Practice, or click here: