Candidate Corner Blog - Physician Job & Healthcare Industry Trends

If you are a physician or healthcare professional looking for a medical career opportunity, you probably have questions about the recruitment process. The Candidate Corner Blog is designed to address common questions regarding physician jobs and the healthcare industry. Submit your questions, and the expert physician recruiting consultants at Merritt Hawkins will address common themes that emerge. We encourage you to read, participate and submit questions at Candidate Corner!


Medical Specialty Spotlight: OB/GYN

OB/GYN Trends and Physician Salaries


Medical Specialty Spotlight: OB/GYN

 

In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we review trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and industry trends. Today, we will look at Obstetrics and Gynecology.



  Number of active OB/GYN physicians: 43,212   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 6th  
  Percentage of active OB/GYN physicians that are 55 or older: 37%  
  Average starting OB/GYN physician salary: $321,000  


OB/GYN Trends

  • OB/GYN physicians remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • Specialists continue to be high revenue-generators in a system that remains largely volume-driven.
  • Average salary offers for OB/GYN physicians increased by 16% in 2016, from $276,000 to $321,000.

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Posted by at 2/8/2017 12:42:07 PM
Innovative Solutions in Pediatric to Adult Care Transitions

Join Merritt Hawkins for the 2017 Transitional Care Conference

North Texas 2017 Transition Care Conference

We hope that you will join us on Thursday, February 16th for the North Texas 2017 Transition Care Conference where we will be examining Innovative Solutions in Pediatric to Adult Care Transitions.


Merritt Hawkins is proud to be a silver sponsor for this conference. Attendees can receive CME credit for attending this conference. Additionally, those who attend will be provided information that will help you:

 

  • Examine the necessity for improving care transitions from the different stakeholders’ perspectives 
  • Learn at least four models of care transition practices 
  • Discuss the need for care transition improvements in North Texas 
  • Identify care transitions resources available via GotTransition.org  
  • Describe how care transitions curriculum can be developed and implemented into healthcare professions education

 

The conference will take place on Thursday, February 16th at the UNT Health Science Center Medical Education and Training Building on 1000 Montgomery Street in Fort Worth, Texas. To register for the conference, click here


We look forward to seeing you there.





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Posted by at 2/8/2017 12:11:35 PM
Medical Specialty Spotlight: Psychiatry

Psychiatry Trends and Physician Salaries


Medical Specialty Spotlight: Psychiatry

 

In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we review trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and industry trends. Today, we will look at Psychiatry.



  Number of active psychiatry physicians: 39,180   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 2nd  
  Percentage of active psychiatry physicians that are 55 or older: 60%  
  Average starting psychiatry physician salary: $250,000    


Psychiatry Trends

  • For the first time in the 23 years Merritt Hawkins has conducted the Review, psychiatrists were second on the list of our most requested recruiting assignments. This is a clear reflection of the focus healthcare providers are putting on addressing mental health challenges in the United States.
  • With many psychiatrists aging out of the profession, and with a preference among psychiatrists for outpatient practice settings, it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit to inpatient settings.
  • Average salary offers for psychiatry physicians increased by 11% in 2016, from $226,000 to $250,000.

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Posted by at 2/8/2017 12:09:56 PM
How to Ace the Interview

Physician job interview tips that will help you get the job you want


Physician job interview tips


Merritt Hawkins has experienced professional recruiters on staff who can help physicians prepare for any phase of the job search. Below are some tips to help you nail the interview and get the job.


Anticipate likely questions, and prepare and practice your responses in advance.


In particular, be prepared for behavioral interviewing techniques, which are based on the principle that past behavior can predict future behavior. For example: Tell me about a conflict you’ve had with a colleague and how you handled it.


Dress appropriately.


Traditional business attire is appropriate for most physician job interviews.


Greet and be kind to everyone you encounter.


This includes those you speak with on the phone before you arrive, reception staff, and anyone you encounter in the parking lot, hallway or elevator.


Be aware of your own body language.


While it’s natural to be nervous, try not to cross your arms or slouch during the interview. And, it’s always good practice to make and maintain good eye contact, which helps project confidence. In addition, a smile goes a long way and will help both you and your interviewer feel more relaxed and at ease.  BONUS TIP: A few deep “belly breaths” can help you relax quickly.


Never rush to answer a question.


Take your time and think your responses through before answering. A few seconds of silence while you formulate your response might feel awkward, but don’t let that sensation distract you from providing the best answer you can muster. Interviewers will appreciate that you exercise good professional judgment by thinking carefully before responding.


Never disparage previous employers or supervisors.


This could make you appear petty and spiteful.


Ask intelligent questions.


Although you need to be prepared to answer questions about yourself during the interview, there are also questions you should be certain to ask at the appropriate juncture. For example: 

 

  • How is the program or practice managed, and to whom do physicians report? 
  • What are the metrics for success and how are physicians reviewed? 
  • Is staff support available to help with routine tasks? 
  • Are there opportunities for advancement into leadership roles? 
  • What are the local licensing requirements and admitting privileges?

Refrain from inquiring about compensation, benefits, paid leave, or bonuses until the topic is broached by the interviewer(s).


These topics are more appropriately vetted with your professional recruiter (before your interview), or when a formal offer is either imminent or in hand.


Inquire about next steps at the end of the interview and send thank you cards to each interviewer.


This is your opportunity to reiterate your interest and overall qualifications, as well as to highlight something unique about your candidacy that might give you an edge.




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Posted by at 1/25/2017 10:04:25 AM
The Best New Year’s Career Resolutions for Physicians

Advance Your Physician Career with these Resolutions


The Best New Year’s Career Resolutions for Physicians


New Year’s resolutions are often cookie-cutter and personal in nature. You know, the typical eat healthier, exercise more often, and save more money for retirement—things everyone should be doing, regardless. This year, in addition to trotting out those same old predictable promises, try to include a few resolutions that will benefit your physician career, as well.


Time to Recalibrate


Are you where you want to be professionally? Are you living where you want to be living? Are your relationships with family, friends and colleagues in a good state, or is there room for improvement? At the start of a new year it’s always a good idea to re-evaluate the paths you’re on and the direction in which you’re heading. By answering these questions honestly—without caveats and qualifications—you will point your compass in the right direction and make more meaningful changes to your career and personal life.


A Little Give and Take


After recalibrating to determine where you need to make adjustments, one of the best things you can do to bolster your physician career is to take advantage of lessons already learned by others who have walked down similar paths. Identify another physician who is a step or two ahead of you in the profession, and invite them for coffee or lunch. Ask about their career path and try to establish a mentor-like relationship.


Mentors can help you navigate career ladders more efficiently—saving you some of the same headaches they’ve already encountered, not to mention precious time. In turn, make an effort to share some of your own valuable lessons learned with junior colleagues who might need some helpful guidance, too, i.e., pay it forward.


Create Time to Cultivate New Skills


Every time you turn around there is a new development upending the traditional norms of practicing medicine—everything from new treatments enabled by advances in genomics, to remote surgery using the latest robotics technology. These developments are positive; however, the extraordinary pace at which technology is revolutionizing medicine can make it difficult to keep up. For busy physicians, finding extra time to get up-to-speed on the latest medical advances can seem like an exercise in futility. Thus, it’s important to proactively build time into your schedule to master the myriad of innovations and tools now at your disposal.


The Only Thing Certain in Life is Uncertainty


If there's one overarching New Year's resolution that physicians should make, it is to accept and embrace change. As 2016 seemed to establish once and for all, uncertainty is the new norm. In a world that seems in constant flux, committing to embrace uncertainty and change just might be the single most important resolution you can make.


If a new job is on your list of resolutions for the new year, let Merritt Hawkins’ professional recruiters help pave the way to new success. Browse our robust jobs database and then contact one of our expert recruiters to discuss next steps.




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Posted by at 1/19/2017 6:40:54 AM
Physician, Heal Thyself: Volunteer to Get Happy

Help Yourself By Helping Others


Physicians volunteering


When pondering the key to happiness, we tend to think of things like sustained good health, and more time and money for recreation and relaxation. But what if the true key to happiness is actually about spending less time at play and relaxing, and more about spending time giving back, or volunteering?


According to research conducted by the London School of Economics1, people are happier the more they volunteer. This is because volunteering increases empathic emotions, which, in turn, contribute to elevated levels of happiness.


More empathy = more happiness


In an increasingly hectic and harried world—something physicians often experience more acutely than the population at large—many of us can feel we no longer have enough time to sleep, much less time to feel empathy toward others.


But research suggests that more empathy is actually the key to creating stable relationships—the glue that helps hold societies together. Feeling empathy toward others—something nearly everyone is capable of with awareness and practice—helps enhance life satisfaction and, in turn, feelings of happiness.


Unlike the atmosphere in a traditional practice or hospital environment, volunteering in a clinic can allow physicians an opportunity to spend more time with each patient and to see patients on a continuous, sustained basis. This enables physicians to see firsthand the bigger picture and the many challenges that patients often grapple with in their daily lives.


All We Need Is Love


It’s generally accepted that healthy social relationships are key to feelings of happiness and well being. Maslow’s research in the 1950’s helped establish that people need emotional belonging and social bonding and connections more than anything else (except safety) in order to feel happy and at ease.


Volunteer to stay healthy and live a longer life


People who volunteer regularly live longer on average than those who don’t. This is because volunteering makes people happier, and happier people tend to experience fewer health issues and setbacks, especially as they age.


Give more time to have more time


Feeling stressed and unhappy is often triggered by not having enough time to do everything on one’s plate. Ironically, when volunteering, people often experience a sensation of actually having more time, as opposed to less time.


This phenomenon is supported by a Harvard/Wharton research study2 involving over 2,000 people. The study demonstrated how selfless concern for the wellbeing of others, or altruism, is strongly associated with decreased stress and enhanced mental health.


So, although it might seem counterintuitive, spending more time volunteering actually creates a positive feedback loop: happy people give more, and giving, in turn, makes people happier. Everybody’s a winner!


Rekindle your passion for practicing medicine


Physicians who volunteer regularly are able to capture a much-needed mental break from the numerous daily stressors that contribute to physician burnout. This can also help revive and rejuvenate a physician’s early passion for practicing medicine.


If you are a physician interested in exploring volunteering opportunities, please visit the JAMA Network Career Center, which serves as a clearinghouse for the United States and abroad.


1“Doing well by doing good. The relationship between formal volunteering and self-reported health and happiness.”, Borgonovi F., Soc Sci Med. 2008 Jun;66(11):2321-34. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.01.011. Epub 2008 Mar 5. PMID: 18321629 

2 “Giving time gives you time.”, Mogilner C, Chance Z, Norton MI. Psychol Sci. 2012 Oct 1;23(10):1233-8. doi: 10.1177/0956797612442551. Epub 2012 Sep 12., PMID: 22972905




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Posted by at 1/9/2017 8:01:58 AM
Medical Specialty Spotlight: Optometry

We’re Hiring Optometrists & Opticians for Outstanding Jobs & Practice Opportunities


Optometrists, a better career awaits: We’re recruiting qualified optometry professionals for unique practice opportunities in some outstanding locations — including Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Texas.


Check out the infographic below to learn more about optometrist compensation and job outlook trends in Optometry.



Medical Specialty Spotlight: Optometry


 


Find your next optometrist career today. We invite you to search our nationwide permanent optometrist jobs. If you have any questions or want more information regarding a physician job or any other matter, request a call from one of our expert physician recruiters.



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Posted by at 1/5/2017 7:50:18 AM
The 8 Top Blogs from Merritt Hawkins for 2016

Top stories from 2016


Top Merritt Hawkins Blogs from 2016

2016 was a year filled with changes within the healthcare industry. Here are the top 8 blogs from Merritt Hawkins for the year, which cover topics such as physician compensation, the relationship of poverty with healthcare, patient access issues, and mental health trends.


Survey: How Physicians View HHS Secretary Nominee Dr. Tom Price

Physicians weigh in with first impressions on HHS Secretary Nominee, Dr. Tom Price in this survey.


Top Starting Salaries For Physicians and Advanced Practitioners

This study consists of an overview of the salaries, bonuses, and other incentives customarily used to recruit physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.


Why Physicians Should Consider Working for the VA

Both vacancies and wait times could be reduced if more doctors knew about the benefits of working at one of the nation’s 152 hospitals and 1,400 clinics that treat veterans


8 Ways NPs Make Healthcare Better

NPs continue to play a significant role in providing timely access to quality healthcare for millions of patients across America.


Medical Specialty Spotlight: Psychiatry

In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we review trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and industry trends. This article delves into Psychiatry.


Medical Specialty Spotlight: Otolaryngology

Average physician salary offers for otolaryngology increased by 21% in 2016, from $334,000 to $403,000. Learn about more trends in this article.


A Raised Hand: The Poverty of Healthcare

When discussing what makes people in the United States healthy or unhealthy, most Americans would likely say diet, exercise, obesity, social indiscretions, or genetics, but not poverty. Yet, poverty plays a crucial role in healthcare access.


Survey of Physicians Holds Critical Implications for Patient Access/Health Reform

Just as the United States is facing a growing physician shortage, physicians around the country are planning to change their practice patterns in ways that will reduce patient access to their services.





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Posted by at 1/4/2017 2:23:15 PM
Merritt Hawkins in The News in Q4

Physicians Survey on HHS Nomination, Salary Trends, and More


It is part of our ongoing mission to educate clients and candidates on the physician shortage and other employment and salary trends facing healthcare organizations across the nation. As part of this mission, Merritt Hawkins provides thought leadership and shared resources to the healthcare recruitment industry. In fact, our company has published or is cited in hundreds of articles appearing in a wide range of publications. The following are news articles from October 2016 - December 2016 referencing Merritt Hawkins.


 




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Posted by at 1/4/2017 2:23:01 PM
Physician Job Opportunities, Medical Specialties in High Demand

Merritt Hawkins offers physician jobs nationwide


What are the top medical specialties that Merritt Hawkins is hiring for? Merritt Hawkins offers hundreds of physician job opportunities nationwide. See the infographic below to learn about the top medical specialties and what the average starting physician salaries are. Get started now, search physician jobs in your specialty.



Now Hiring


 


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Posted by at 1/4/2017 2:21:57 PM
Merritt Hawkins in the News - Q3 Review

Physician Survey, Salaries, and More


It is part of our ongoing mission to educate clients and candidates on the physician shortage and other employment and salary trends facing healthcare organizations across the nation. As part of this mission, Merritt Hawkins provides thought leadership and shared resources to the healthcare recruitment industry. In fact, our company has published or is cited in hundreds of articles appearing in a wide range of publications. The following are news articles from July 2016 - September 2016 referencing Merritt Hawkins.


 




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Posted by at 12/28/2016 7:31:46 AM
Happy Holidays, Thank you for a great 2016!

Thanks for a great 2016!


Happy Holidays from Merritt Hawkins


Merritt Hawkins enjoyed a very busy and exciting 2016. In an industry that has been transforming significantly in recent years, with more changes on the horizon, we are grateful for the opportunity to have partnered with so many of you.


At the end of the day, our hope is that more patients can live healthier lives. We are grateful for the vital role that we play in this process by serving candidates and clients day in and day out.


With that in mind, we would like to thank you for partnering with us in 2016 and we hope that your 2017 is even better.


From the team at Merritt Hawkins, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!




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Posted by at 12/21/2016 9:52:49 AM
Survey: How Physicians View HHS Secretary Nominee Dr. Tom Price

Physicians Weigh in on HHS Secretary Nominee


Physicians weigh in on Tom Price

By Tom Florence


If confirmed, president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, M.D., would be the first doctor to hold the position in over 20 years, and only the third in the 60-year history of HHS.


The American Medical Association (AMA) has endorsed the nomination of Dr. Price, but how do physicians feel?


Merritt Hawkins conducted an email survey of physicians on November 30 and December 1 to explore this question. Approximately 1,100 physicians responded to the survey, the results of which were the subject of several media articles, including one in MarketWatch (a feature of the Wall Street Journal) and one in HealthLeaders.


As these articles note, physicians are divided on Dr. Price. The plurality believe he will improve medical practice conditions for doctors, but the plurality also believe that, if confirmed, he would detract from the ability of patients to access quality care.


These are, of course, first impressions, and we will all have to wait on the confirmation process and what comes after to get a better sense of Dr. Price’s impact on the healthcare system.


In the meantime, I would be happy to email readers an infographic illustrating the results of this brief, three-question survey, and would also be interested in any initial thoughts readers may have about Dr. Price.

 




Tom Florence is Senior Vice President of Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare. He can be reached here.


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Posted by at 12/21/2016 8:41:35 AM
New Survey Reveals Physician Assistant Recruiting Trends

2016 Survey of PA Recruiting and Employment Trends


2016 Survey of PA Recruiting

By Phillip Miller


In 1991, there were approximately 20,000 physician assistants (PAs) licensed to practice in the United States. Today, there are over 108,000, according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (www.aapa.org).


How many hospitals now employ PAs, how many are actively recruiting them, and how do they fit into the emerging model of team-based care?


Merritt Hawkins and the AAPA recently cooperated on a survey that provides answers to these and related questions. The 2016 Survey of PA Recruiting and Employment Trends includes responses from human resources personnel at 287 hospitals nationwide regarding their facilities’ use of PAs. Survey data suggest that 90% of hospitals currently employ PAs, while 60% are actively recruiting them. Among hospitals of 100 beds or more, 87% are actively recruiting PAs, according to the survey


More key findings from the survey are illustrated in this infographic.


The survey also features an examination of the trends driving the increased use of PAs, including the physician shortage, new value-based payment models, the adoption of population health management, and the growing use of integrated clinical teams.


PAs represent an important resource of patient care expertise and are playing an increasingly pivotal role in the implementation of emerging delivery models. I would be happy to provide readers who email me with a complete copy of the 28-page survey report and welcome any comments about the role PAs are playing in today’s evolving healthcare system.

 




Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm and a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS).


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Posted by at 11/28/2016 12:24:31 PM
2016 Survey of PA Recruiting

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Posted by at 11/21/2016 1:52:46 PM
8 Ways NPs Make Healthcare Better

Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week!


NP Week 2016


November 13-19 is National Nurse Practitioner week, so be sure to thank any NPs you see this week. NPs continue to play a significant role in providing timely access to quality healthcare for millions of patients across America.


Here are 8 ways that they make healthcare better.


  • There are over 220,000 NPs now licensed to practice in the U.S. helping to alleviate the effects of the physician shortage.*

  • Over 97% of NPs can prescribe medications.

  • 21 states and the District of Columbia allow NPs to practice independently.

  • NPs play a crucial role in the growing trend of the population management/team-based care model.

  • NPs are playing a growing role in healthcare delivery due to the increased scope of practice regulations, cost considerations, and their proven ability to increase patient access and patient satisfaction.

  • Over 60% of NPs average 3 or more patients per hour.*

  • “NPs emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person in their approach, including helping patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.”*

  • Taking roles in both primary care and specialty medicine, NPs supplement the physician workforce and allow physicians to practice to the top of their training.

Merritt Hawkins would like to thank all of the Nurse Practitioners out there who are making a huge impact on healthcare in America. Happy NP week!


 *Sources: AANP.org, Merritt Hawkins 2016 Incentive Survey

 



 


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Posted by at 11/14/2016 11:52:42 AM
The 2016 AAMC Meeting and Academic Physician Recruiting

Trends in Physician Recruiting and Academic Medicine


Physician Recruiting and Academic Medicine at the 2016 AAMC Meeting

By Steven Price


Those seeking to better understand trends in academic medicine have an excellent opportunity to do so at the Association of American Medical College’s 2016 “Learn, Serve and Lead” meeting to be held November 11-14 in Seattle, Washington.


Merritt Hawkins’ Department of Academics will be exhibiting at the meeting, seeking both to absorb information and to share our experience and data in the area of recruiting for academic leadership, faculty and clinical positions.


In particular, we will be sharing copies of our white paper, The Changing Landscape in Academic Physician Recruiting. In this analysis, Merritt Hawkins outlines some of the trends that are causing academic medical centers to rethink traditional modes of recruiting in a response to a number of emerging and ongoing trends. These include the physician shortage, mounting financial pressures, growing medical school enrollment, system consolidation and the shift from volume to value-based payments.


To meet these challenges, many academic centers are revising their traditional compensation models, expanding traditional candidate parameters, and seeking ways to streamline the traditional candidate review and selection process.


In addition to the white paper, Merritt Hawkins Department of Academics will be sharing other thought leadership resources at the meeting pertaining to physician recruiting incentives, physician retention methods, and related topics. I hope you will have an opportunity to visit us at booth #409.


I would also be happy to share these and other resources with those not attending the meeting and can be reached here.

 




Steven Price is Vice President of Merritt Hawkins Department of Academics, a division of Merritt Hawkins specializing in the recruitment of leaders, faculty and clinical personnel at academic medical centers nationwide.


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Posted by at 11/10/2016 1:38:30 PM
Happy PA Week: Ask a PA Part II

PA Week Interview Series

 

 PA series

 
 
To celebrate and shine a light on PA week, we thought what better way to do that then to talk with PAs themselves? Check out the second part of our interview series entitled "Ask a PA" with Alexandra Akra. Catch up on the first part of our PA week interview series here.

1. What made you want to be a PA?

When I was 20 years old, I suddenly became very ill and was put into a medically-induced coma for 11 days. At first, nobody knew what was happening, until one of the physicians was able to diagnose me with Lemierre’s Syndrome, a very rare illness that can lead to death if left untreated. After this experience, I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field, and help people the way that those providers helped me.


2. What do you love about your job?

I love interacting with patients on a daily basis, and getting to know their families. As a family PA, I love being able to treat the entire family and form close relationships with them. I also enjoy educating patients about their ailments.


3. What are the struggles that you face as a PA?

Insurance companies dictating what we can and cannot do and non-compliance by patients can be frustrating.


4. How do you see your role changing?

With the shortage of physicians growing, I know that PA’s are becoming more in-demand. This can lead to PA’s being overworked to compensate for the shortage. However, the scope of practice for PA’s could also grow as the demand grows.


5. What is one thing that you would want people to know about the PA profession?

I am not going to become a doctor! I like being a PA and do not plan to go back to medical school.

 



 


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Posted by at 11/10/2016 12:06:23 PM
Happy PA Week: Ask a PA Part I

PA Week Interview Series

 
PA Week Interview
To celebrate and shine a light on PA week, we thought what better way to do that then to talk with PAs themselves? Check out the first part of our interview series entitled "Ask a PA" with Heather Gehrke.

1. What made you want to be a PA?

I always knew medicine was the route for me. However, 

I did not want the pressure, and sometimes long hours 

of a physician. I knew I wanted a family, and I felt that I couldn’t be as dedicated with the lack of flexibility physicians often experience.


2. What do you love about your job?

I love that it is rewarding; it’s not always about the money. When someone who really needs my help gets better: that’s what it’s all about. When I see someone, getting them back to 100% is amazing. I’m in orthopedic spine, and my patients often cannot walk. Seeing them pain free six weeks later is great.


3. What are the struggles that you face as a PA?

The changes in healthcare have decreased access for our older population which is massive. It breaks my heart to know that baby boomers cannot get the care they need because practices are seeing less and less government-backed healthcare plans because reimbursements are deplorable.


4. How do you see your role changing?

I am BUSY, and our scope of practice is maximized.


5. What is one thing that you would want people to know about the PA profession?

For all of the challenges, they are far outweighed by the rewards of being a healthcare provider, and the personal and professional rewards associated. I will add that if I had to choose and train all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. This is something I believe some physicians do not feel the same about.


6. What trends do you see on the horizon that will impact the PA profession?

Because of the increasing demand for all types of clinicians, PAs included, sometimes I feel like the rush to remediate clinician shortage impacts the quality of practitioners.


Stay tuned for part 2 of our "Ask a PA" interview series which will be out soon!

 



 


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Posted by at 10/10/2016 12:47:28 PM
Survey of Physicians Holds Critical Implications for Patient Access/Health Reform

Physician Practice Patterns and Pay Structures, Patient Access, and More


Merritt Hawkins Physician Foundation Survey Image

By Phillip Miller


Just as the United States is facing a growing physician shortage, physicians around the country are planning to change their practice patterns in ways that will reduce patient access to their services.


That is one implication of the major, biennial survey that Merritt Hawkins conducts on behalf of The Physicians Foundation that was released on September 21. With responses from over 17,200 physicians and over one million data points, the survey presents a “state of the union” of the medical profession that reveals key data of importance to healthcare leaders, policy makers, journalists and the public.


One primary finding of the survey is that close to half of physicians (48%) plan to retire, cut-back on the number of patients they see or hours they work, seek non-clinical, administrative jobs, work locum tenens, work part-time or take other steps likely to inhibit patient access to care. If even a fraction of this number follows through on these plans it will mean the reduction of tens of thousands of physician full-time-equivalents (FTEs) from the workforce. From a patient access and quality of care perspective, this is a development that both patients and healthcare providers can ill afford.


Why are so many physicians planning to alter the way they practice? The survey indicates physicians spend 21% of their time on non-clinical paperwork and that they are dispirited by third party intrusions into their practice autonomy. Sixty-three percent are pessimistic about the future of the medical profession, 54% describe their morale as negative and 49% often or always experience feelings of burn-out.


As a result, many doctors are seeking alternatives to traditional, full-time private practice, including employment by a hospital or medical group. Only 33% of physicians now identify as private practice owners, according to the survey, down from 49% in 2012, while 58% identify as employees, up from 44% in 2012.


The survey includes a wide range of additional information regarding physician hours worked, patients seen per day, rates of Medicare and Medicaid acceptance, and many other data points, with results broken out by physician age, gender, practice status and other aggregations. Results of the survey are also available by state. Selected data points from the survey are included in these infographics.


This survey is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in or concerned about patient access to healthcare, healthcare reform, or physician practice patterns. To receive a copy of the full survey report please click here. I would be happy to hear any thoughts or questions you might have about the survey's findings and you can email me by clicking here.



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Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm and a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS).


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Posted by at 10/3/2016 1:07:33 PM
Medical Specialty Spotlight: Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology Trends and Physician Salaries


Medical Specialty Spotlight: Otolaryngology

 

In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we review trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and industry trends. Today, we will look at Otolaryngology.



  Number of active otolaryngology physicians: 10,861   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 18th  
  Percentage of active otolaryngology physicians that are 55 or older: 44%  
  Average starting otolaryngology physician salary: $403,000    


Otolaryngology Trends

  • Otolaryngology physicians remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • The supply of otolaryngology physicians will be constrained both by the federal cap on GME spending and by an increasing number of physician retirements.
  • Average salary offers for otolaryngology physicians increased by 21% in 2016, from $334,000 to $403,000.

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Posted by at 9/28/2016 11:33:11 AM
Contract Negotiation, Physician Compensation and more with Merritt Hawkins at the AAFP

Meet up with Merritt Hawkins at the AAFP Conference


Family medicine physician conference

Merritt Hawkins is excited to announce that we will be participating in the AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in Orlando, Florida, September 20-24th. FMX is an annual conference that provides family medicine physicians and healthcare professionals with opportunities to hear lectures from industry leaders as well as participate in numerous networking events.


This type of continued education and networking with like-minded physicians is essential for staying motivated and informed while working in healthcare.


In addition to participating in the conference, Merritt Hawkins recently published an article on AAFP.org entitled “Employment Contracts for Family Physicians in an Evolving Market”. This article is an excellent resource for both new and seasoned physicians as it addresses market trends and specific, practical issues related to negotiating contracts.


The conference will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and will run Tuesday through Saturday, September 20-24. Scheduling and maps can be found on the AAFP website.


We want to meet you. Stop by booth #769 or sign up for a designated time to meet our representatives. If you sign up or visit us at our booth, you will be automatically entered to win awesome giveaways like a GoPro Hero4!


We look forward to seeing you there.




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Posted by at 9/21/2016 10:08:35 AM
Avoid Physician Burnout: Create and Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Physician Work-Life Balance Tips


Physician Burnout


Maintaining healthy work-life balance is challenging for everyone these days. For physicians, it can be especially daunting to achieve this elusive, yet vital goal. Long hours, odd schedules, increased patient loads, administrative overhead and the traditional occupational stress of just being a physician all combine to stack the deck against you.


Creating a healthy work-life balance begins with taking a baseline inventory of how you actually spend your time—both during the workweek, as well as downtime. This type of accounting can provide eye-opening awareness of how you actually allocate time when not consciously trying to manage it. This insight, in turn, can reveal which areas to target when attempting to make improvements.


This first step is often the toughest to implement because it requires paying attention to, and then capturing, how you allocate and spend time in a written journal or on a portable electronic device, e.g., using the Notes app on your Smartphone. This can be especially difficult for busy, on-the-go physicians. So, start by tracking your leisure time in 15-minute increments. Keep a running list. For example:


12:00 midnight-6:00 am: sleep 

6:00 am-6:15 am: wake, stretch, let the dogs outside, make coffee 

6:15 am-6:30 am: turn on television, watch morning news 

6:30 am-6:45 am: take a shower, brush and floss teeth Etc.


Try to build your baseline accounting for at least one week, preferably a month—the longer the better, although more than one month is probably overkill. Also, be certain to choose a relatively ordinary week or month, and not one during which you have a planned vacation or holiday.


This tactic will feel burdensome to follow for even an entire day, but it’s really the best—perhaps only—way to develop a useful accounting of how you actually spend your days. In the process, the awareness you develop will also help you begin to make better choices about how best to allocate your time.


Once you create this baseline accounting of how you actually spend your work and free time, it’s time to conduct an analysis. Develop some basic categories to describe your activities, e.g., sleeping, grocery shopping, cooking/eating, dining out, hygiene, exercise, patient rounds, record keeping/administrative tasks, paying bills, meetings with colleagues, commuting, etc.


After you become aware of the overarching trends in your own personal approach to time management, you can then identify the areas where you need (or want) to make changes.


For instance, if your daily commute consumes so much time that it precludes you from routinely exercising and relieving stress, perhaps it’s time to focus on relocating closer to work to free up enough time to incorporate exercise into your workdays. Or, maybe you spend too much time grocery shopping and cooking/eating at home, when dining out more frequently might be the best alternative to free up time to address a nagging sleep deficit.


Studies show that physicians work 51 hours each week on average and are almost twice as likely to be dissatisfied with their work-life balance than other occupations. This sets the stage for physician burnout. Fix this problem by setting distinct boundaries between time spent with patients and downtime, putting yourself first by learning to say ‘no’ to non-essential intrusions, delegating tasks to others and availing yourself of telemedicine appointments.


Make a case with your employer (or yourself, if self-employed) for flexible hours and/or alternative work schedules, such as part-time work. Physician shortages and new and different lifestyle demands of the millennial generation are both creating an environment in which physicians are increasingly in the driver’s seat when determining the best way to create a healthy work-life balance for themselves.




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Posted by at 9/15/2016 6:30:12 AM
Happy National Health Center Week!

Merritt Hawkins Supports FQHCs with Bronze Sponsorship


National Health Center Week


Merritt Hawkins is proud to announce it is lending its support to National Health Center Week 2016, a nationwide event running August 7-13 recognizing the key contributions to quality, accessible care made by America’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).


The firm’s $10,000 National Health Center Week Bronze Sponsorship, made to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will help forward the vital work FQHCs do providing healthcare services through thousands of sites across the country. Merritt Hawkins is a long-time supporter of FQHCs and is NACHC’s sole preferred partner for permanent physician recruitment.


The theme for this year is, “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health”.  Merritt Hawkins will support celebration activities at three FQHCs, including:


•  Community Health Service Agency, Inc. in Greenville, Texas 

•  Cummings Family Center in Cummings, Georgia 

•  Utah Health Centers in Salt Lake City, Utah


Activities at the FQHCs will feature legislative visits, a baseball game with postgame fireworks, children’s games, snow cone giveaways, as well as various educational and vendor booths. To recognize the commitment to their community, we will present a plaque to each health center and speak on the crucial role FQHCs play in providing quality, affordable care to medically underserved populations. We feel our contribution to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) will help advance the crucial work FQHCs do in providing healthcare services care for over 24 million patients a year, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.

 

For more information on career opportunities at FQHCs, see below.


Missouri - Family Medicine; $250K income potential; no nights, weekends, or call


Arkansas - Family Medicine; $250K income potential; flexible schedule


Iowa - Family Medicine; $220K income potential; 4-day work week option


Colorado - Family Medicine; $220K income potential; 4-day work week


Texas - Family Medicine; $300K income potential; outpatient only


California - Family Medicine; $180K income potential; 4-day work week 


Nebraska - Family Medicine; $200K income potential; work 3,4, or 5 days per week


Florida - Psychiatry; $325K income potential; 21 days PTO


Nevada - Nurse Practitioner; $137K income potential; outpatient only


Michigan - Internal Medicine; $260K income potential; outpatient only


 

 




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Posted by at 9/1/2016 7:17:00 AM
Why Physicians Should Consider Working for the VA - Part 1

7 Reasons Why Doctors Should Work for the VA


Why physicians should consider working with the VA

By Travis Singleton and JB Tanner


Job vacancy data at Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities obtained by USA Today show that about one in six VA positions (nearly 41,000) went unfilled last year. The data also show that more than 5,100 physicians are needed across the VA system. Due largely to physician vacancies, wait times for veterans to see a physician remain long at many VA locations.


Both vacancies and wait times could be reduced if more doctors knew about the benefits of working at one of the nation’s 152 hospitals and 1,400 clinics that treat veterans. These include:


  • A favorable practice style. Over 55% of physicians responding to a 2014 survey Merritt Hawkins conducted for The Physicians Foundation described their attitude toward the medical profession as negative, while 58% said they would not recommend medicine as a career to their children. Pervasive physician dissatisfaction stems from the current medical practice environment, which features rising practice costs, problematic reimbursement methods, and an epic amount of paperwork. The VA offers an antidote to much of what ails today’s doctors, including the type of practice style many physicians prefer. At the VA, physician compensation is not tied to arcane and documentation-heavy quality measures, or to productivity metrics that virtually compel physicians to churn patients. VA physicians can actually spend time with patients and maintain a relatively high level of clinical autonomy without the constant battle to justify their reimbursement. They also can work set hours, enjoy regular vacations and tap into a pioneering electronic health records system.

  • The ability to transfer to new, interesting locations. The VA encourages physicians to transfer among its various facility locations and makes it easy to do so. After a two-year stint at one location, physicians often can take their pick of many others. VA hospitals and clinics are located in such highly desirable communities as Charlottesville, VA; Asheville, NC; West Palm Beach, FL, Stamford, CT, Anchorage, AL; Honolulu, HI; San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Madison, WI; Ann Arbor, MI, and many more. IT systems, nomenclature, and operations are fairly uniform at VA facilities, so transfers can be professionally seamless while being personally stimulating.

  • The opportunity to lead. Opportunities for leadership abound at VA healthcare facilities at both large medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics. After gaining leadership experience at VA facilities, many physicians have gone on to top administrative or medical director positions at private institutions. 


Part 2 - Why Doctors Should Work for the VA




Travis Singleton is Senior Vice President of Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS). He can be reached at  Travis.Singleton@merritthawkins.com. JB Tanner is Divisional Vice President of Merritt Hawkins. He can be reached at  JBTanner@merritthawkins.com


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Posted by at 8/30/2016 3:12:21 PM
Medical Specialty Spotlight: Urology

Urology Trends and Physician Salaries


Medical Specialty Spotlight: Urology


In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we look at trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and the industry overall. Today, we will look at Urology.



  Number of active urology physicians: 10,888   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 16th  
  Percentage of active urology physicians that are 55 or older: 48%  
  Average starting urology physician salary: $471,000    


Urology Trends

  • Urologists remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • The supply of urology physicians will be constrained both by the federal cap on GME spending and by an increasing number of physician retirements.
  • Average salary offers for urology physicians increased by 14% in 2016, from $412,000 to $471,000.

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Posted by at 8/25/2016 8:24:51 AM
Medical Specialty Spotlight: Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology Trends and Salaries


Gastroenterology Trends and Salaries


In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we look at trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and the industry overall. Today, we will look at Gastroenterology.



  Number of active gastroenterology physicians: 15,197   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 14th  
  Percentage of active gastroenterology physicians that are 55 or older: 45%  
  Average starting gastroenterology physician salary: $458,000    


Gastroenterology Trends

  • Gastroenterologists remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • Average salary offers for gastroenterology physicians increased by 1% in 2016, from $455,000 to $458,000.
  • Gastroenterologists continue to be a major driver of revenue.

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Posted by at 8/16/2016 2:24:31 PM
Doctor’s Orders: Make Time for Nature
by Doug Bennett, Contributor

Physicians, Don't Skip Out on Nature


Physician in nature


In recent years, increased demands and time pressures associated with implementation of the Affordable Care Act have greatly exacerbated physician stress levels. New rules and regulations not only necessitate seeing more patients, they also require physicians to learn and implement new electronic medical record systems (EMRs) and comply with additional controls. While everyone experiences stress, new research on its triggers reveals how one’s physical environment can make a big difference in countering the negative effects of stress.


Surroundings Matter: Did you know that over half of the global population—and a whopping 90% of practicing physicians—currently live and work in urban environments? It’s true; life in an urban setting can really take its toll and is associated with increases in mental illness—including depression. While your physician work schedule may not allow you to fully disconnect from the bright lights of the big city, spending time in a natural environment is a great way to reinvigorate your mental and physical health.


Make Time for Nature: A 2015 study by Stanford University researchers revealed that rumination—a pattern of repetitive thoughts focused on negative aspects of the self, and a known risk factor for mental illness—was reduced for one group of participants after a 90-minute walk through a natural environment. This group showed lower levels of blood flow to areas of the brain associated with rumination.  Another group of study participants walked for 90 minutes through an urban environment. Unlike their counterparts who walked through a natural environment, this second group did not experience reduced effects on rumination or reduced neural activity in parts of the brain associated with increased risk for mental illness, specifically the subgenual prefrontal cortex (sgPFC). In other studies, the sgPFC has been connected with a self-focused behavioral withdrawal linked to rumination in both healthy and depressed individuals. The results of this controlled experiment add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that regular access to natural areas may be crucial for good mental health in a quickly urbanizing world.


Use Nature to Nurture: In addition to adding some nature time to your schedule, think about parking farther away than usual from your clinical practice or hospital and walking the rest of the way to work. Or, if you commute via public transportation, exit the train or subway a few stations before your regular stop. Many parks, even those in large cities, often have established exercise courses and equipment that anyone can use, offering a nice alternative to going to the gym. Remember, it’s all about choice. While your professional life may require you to pound the pavement each and every day, an abundant amount of research indicates that those who routinely spend time in nature have less stress, experience fewer health issues, spend less on healthcare and, on average, live longer.


A Prescription for Success: Getting Outside Benefits Mind, Body and Spirit by:

 

  • Increasing Vitamin D Levels: Regular sunlight exposure is a great way to enhance mood and decrease anxiety and depression 
  • Improving Cardiovascular Health: Boost overall fitness levels and help build and sustain muscle and bone tissue by raising your heart rate 
  • Reducing Obesity: Dropping extra weight can help reduce stress on joints, and keeping those extra pounds off will motivate you to venture out more frequently .

 


Get Out There: Merritt Hawkins will help you strike the perfect work/life balance by listening to your specific career needs. Ready for something different? We can help.  Contact us today!


1 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation” by Bratman, Gregory N., et al., published June 2015





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Posted by at 8/8/2016 7:16:50 AM
How Work Environment Impacts Physician Happiness: Eight Factors
by Doug Bennett, Contributor

Physician Happiness and Work Environment


Physician Happiness and Work Environment


Among the many factors that can influence job satisfaction, none has more impact than one’s work environment. For physicians, who already have some of the highest levels of workplace stress, the impacts are often proportionally greater than for the population at large. Studies drawn from several national surveys reveal a range of workplace factors that influence physician happiness.


Relationships with colleagues: Perceived healthy or positive working relationships between physicians and their colleagues, as well as with clinical and administrative staff, are associated with higher levels of career satisfaction. In general, physicians report higher levels of satisfaction when they feel valued and recognized for their contributions by practice or hospital administrators; when they work in a constructive teamwork-oriented atmosphere; and, when they have adequate opportunities for promotion and advancement.


Patient care quality: Physicians’ perceived ability to deliver quality patient care is positively associated with higher reported levels of satisfaction. Conversely, physicians report feeling dissatisfied when they feel unable to deliver high-quality care and meet their patients’ needs.


Academic affiliation: Physicians affiliated with an academic medical school reported higher levels of career satisfaction—and were less likely to leave their practice within two years—compared to physicians who work in other practice models or environments.


Practice structure: Physicians in practices with only one or two others generally reported lower satisfaction and a greater likelihood of separating from the practice within two years. Another related factor that can influence physician satisfaction is the degree of ownership in the practice—less is more.


Geographic location: Physicians in rural areas generally reported higher degrees of satisfaction than their counterparts in non-rural areas. But, among rural physicians, those who are a significant distance away from a referral center (e.g., a rural community hospital) reported lower levels of satisfaction due to their relative isolation and corresponding lack of readily available professional resources.


Patient population: There is not a strong relationship between physician satisfaction and patient population characteristics; however, physicians working with large numbers of uninsured patients are less likely to report career satisfaction.


Autonomy and control: The ability to make independent clinical decisions and exercise control over work content and schedules strongly corresponds with reported higher levels of satisfaction among physicians. Physicians who exercise greater control over referrals to colleagues and specialists and who have autonomy when making clinical decisions also report higher levels of satisfaction. Lower levels of satisfaction were associated with increased administrative responsibilities and time spent supervising residents.


Income: Many studies associate higher levels of professional satisfaction with higher income; this applies to physicians as well. However, at least one study has shown that physicians in the highest income brackets report a slight decrease in satisfaction, possibly resulting from the greater stress associated with maintaining those higher incomes. In addition to absolute income, the perception of earning a “fair” income turns out to be one of the strongest indicators of overall satisfaction among physicians.


Policymakers and health delivery systems are actively using these and other related findings to determine how to improve professional satisfaction among physicians while also enhancing patient care.





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Posted by at 8/5/2016 10:22:34 AM
New Healthcare Trends in 2016: How Will Your Career Be Affected?
By Doug Bennett, Contributor

New Healthcare Trends in 2016: How will your career be affected?

“The only constant in this world is change” – Heraclitus


This famous quote can especially be related to healthcare. It seems new healthcare trends emerge every day. We know you're a busy healthcare professional, so to help you stay abreast of the top healthcare trends, we've put together a list of the things that will impact you in 2016. Read more to find out how telemedicine, bedless hospitals, biosimilar drugs, and other trends will affect your career.


 

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Posted by at 8/5/2016 10:20:00 AM
Five Tactics for Preventing Physician Burnout
by Doug Bennett, Contributor

Five Tactics for Preventing Physician Burnout

Five Tactics for Preventing Physician Burnout

The number of physicians claiming they are experiencing "burnout" has increased significantly in recent years. This increase could be attributed to millions of additional Americans gaining access to health coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. The increase in physician burnout could also be linked with the major changes in the healthcare industry itself. Whatever it is causing you to suffer from "burnout" we are here to help.


The follow are five tactics to prevent physician burnout:


Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness means being fully present and attentive to the moment, to the person, and to the task at hand. Achieving mindfulness can be facilitated by creating opportunities for sustainable renewal in all spheres of your life—patient encounters, paperwork, surgery, meetings, research, traveling to and from work, family life, travel and hobbies.


Get Comfortable Saying ‘No’

For many saying ‘no’ feels like we’re coming up short. For physicians, the pressure to respond to every request can be even greater. Saying ‘no’ is a strategy that can have profound impacts because it frees up time in busy schedules that can then be re-allocated to activities that enable a healthier work-life balance, thereby reducing one of the biggest contributors to burnout.


Quit the Complaining

Standing around commiserating with colleagues won’t alleviate the factors contributing to burnout and potentially can compound circumstances because it represents precious time that could have been spent creating a healthier work-life balance.


Read, Refresh, Renew

Make time for exercise, eating nutritious foods and taking advantage of the many excellent print resources available about stress and how to cope with it.


Seek Out Support and Spiritual Activities

Participating in a professionally facilitated support group, pursuing individual therapy, meditating, going to church or just attending a session at a physician wellness conference can all help counter the loss of meaning in work and social isolation that can lead to burnout among physicians.

 

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Posted by at 8/5/2016 10:06:02 AM
Why Physicians Should Consider Working for the VA - Part 2

7 Reasons Why Doctors Should Work for the VA


Why physicians should consider working with the VA part 2

By Travis Singleton and JB Tanner


Last week we began a series on why physicians should consider working with the VA. You can read the first part of this series here.


Job vacancy data at Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities obtained by USA Today show that about one in six VA positions (nearly 41,000) went unfilled last year. The data also show that more than 5,100 physicians are needed across the VA system. Due largely to physician vacancies, wait times for veterans to see a physician remain long at many VA locations.


Both vacancies and wait times could be reduced if more doctors knew about the benefits of working at one of the nation’s 152 hospitals and 1,400 clinics that treat veterans. These include:


  • The resources of academic medicine. A number of larger VA facilities are affiliated with academic medical centers. VA doctors often can refer patients to the best in sub-specialty care and consult with the top specialists in their fields.

  • An outstanding retirement plan. The VA offers a retirement plan that is second to none for physicians who have their eyes on their professional exit. After working for the VA for a relatively short period of time (about ten years) physicians are eligible for highly desirable retirement payments for the rest of their lives. The suite of other benefits available to VA physicians, including health insurance, disability, and others, also is first-rate.

  • Freedom from malpractice worries. As employees of the federal government, VA physicians cannot be personally targeted in malpractice suits, freeing them from a financial and emotional burden that many doctors in private practice continue to find burdensome.

  • Mission-driven medicine. Caring for the veterans of America’s wars can be challenging but also highly rewarding for physicians who want to be a part of something larger than themselves. Some private practice physicians go on medical missions to foreign countries in order to achieve a sense of personal fulfilment, but VA physicians can experience the emotional rewards of medicine every day.


There are, of course, downsides to working for the VA. One is the on-boarding process, which can be protracted and frustrating. For a variety of reasons, VA facilities are slow to respond to physician job applicants, who frequently will move on by the time an offer is made. In addition, physicians are unlikely to earn as much working for the VA as they would in private practice, and this is particularly true for medical specialists. However, once inside the VA system, many physicians find the practice style and the emotional rewards of caring for veterans to be an ideal alternative to the slings and arrows of private practice.




Travis Singleton is Senior Vice President of Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS). He can be reached at  Travis.Singleton@merritthawkins.com. JB Tanner is Divisional Vice President of Merritt Hawkins. He can be reached at  JBTanner@merritthawkins.com


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Posted by at 7/25/2016 12:41:59 PM
Medical Specialty Spotlight: Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Trends and Salaries


Orthopedic Surgery Infographic


In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we review trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and the industry in general. Today, we will look at Orthopedic Surgery.



  Number of active orthopedic physicians: 22,291  
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 8th  
  Percentage of active orthopedic physicians that are 55 or older: 52  
  Average starting orthopedic physician salary: $521,000    


Orthopedic Surgery Trends

  • Orthopedic surgeons remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • The supply of orthopedic surgeons will be constrained both by the federal cap on GME spending and by an increasing number of physician retirements.
  • Average salary offers for orthopedic surgeons increased by 5% in 2016, from $497,000 to $521,000.

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Posted by at 7/7/2016 8:50:04 AM
Merritt Hawkins in the News - Review of Q2

NP, PA and Physician Salaries and Trends


It is part of our ongoing mission to educate clients and candidates on the physician shortage and other employment and salary trends facing healthcare organizations across the nation. As part of this mission, Merritt Hawkins provides thought leadership and shared resources to the healthcare recruitment industry. In fact, our company has published or is cited in hundreds of articles appearing in a wide range of publications. The following are news articles from April 2016 - June 2016 referencing Merritt Hawkins.


 

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Posted by at 6/29/2016 8:38:15 AM
What is Population Health Management?

[Infographic] Population Health Management 


The concept of population health management - a system in which a team-based group of providers works to improve healthcare coverage for large patient groups - is gaining momentum. The infographic below highlights some key elements of population health management. If you would like to take a deeper dive, click here to get a copy of the white paper.



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Posted by at 6/28/2016 12:56:13 PM
Thanks for Joining us for Carry the Load

Carry the Load Dallas Memorial Walk 2016

 

On Memorial Day weekend, Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare had the privilege of participating in the Carry the Load Dallas Memorial Walk. It was a wonderful and meaningful experience for our team.

 

Here is a video that reflects on the event.


 


“Carry the Load is a phenomenal organization dedicated to honoring the true meaning of Memorial Day! It was an honor to participate in this year’s event in Dallas, and it is truly inspiring to see the incredible support from so many people. There were families honoring lost loved ones, Soldiers and First Responders walking and telling stories about the ones whom they “Carry,” and parents who brought their children to learn what Memorial Day is really about and why we honor those who have fallen protecting our way of life. The passion, love, support, and gratitude I witnessed at the event reaches far beyond the Katy Trail participants walked. It was humbling to see such an incredible turnout and we look forward to next year’s event.”
- CPT John Carter, Army National Guard and Senior Marketing Consultant at Merritt Hawkins  

 

“I think for civilians, Carry the Load reminds them of how we gained our freedoms and, more importantly, how we have kept them, the meaning of Memorial Day. I come at it from a very selfish side. It enables me to remember the ones I lost, many I lead and lost. The pain and the time to reflect with a Ruck on my back reminds me of them and it exercises my demons that haunt my sleep. I have slept through the night for 2 weeks straight without nightmares so it gives me two weeks or so worth of peace.”
- Tom Hudgins, 25 year U.S. Army Veteran and Senior Marketer at Merritt Hawkins  



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Posted by at 6/16/2016 12:46:22 PM
Why Our Healthcare Recruiters Love What They Do

A Message from Our Healthcare Recruiters for National Healthcare Recruiter Day


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On National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day, we acknowledge the hard work and dedication of healthcare recruiters nationwide. At Merritt Hawkins, we are extremely passionate about enhancing the careers of our physicians, advanced practitioners and healthcare leaders. We also know the impact our candidates have on their communities.


Here’s why healthcare recruiters at Merritt Hawkins love what they do:


“Being a health care recruiter means that I can help to change the lives of physicians and families for the better while helping a community in need. The best part of being a healthcare recruiter is knowing you’ve helped so many people.” Breanna Elliot


“Healthcare recruiting is important because it provides a need to the most underserved parts of the country and provides quality physicians to parts of the country that otherwise wouldn’t have the same opportunities.”Allen Russell


“Physician recruiting at Merritt Hawkins for me means so much more than filling a need at a hospital or medical clinic. Getting the right puzzle pieces to come together and changing the mentality of both the client and physician about recruiters and the recruiting process is what drives me to be successful.”Laura Wilkes


Thank you to all of our wonderful and hardworking healthcare recruiters for loving and being so good at what you do. Happy National Healthcare Recruiter Day!


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Posted by at 6/7/2016 2:37:48 PM
Top Starting Salaries For Physicians and Advanced Practitioners

Trends in Salaries, Bonuses, and Other Incentives Offered to Physicians




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Merritt Hawkins’ 2016 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives is now available. The review is based on Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare’s permanent physician recruiting assignments conducted from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 and it consists of an overview of the salaries, bonuses, and other incentives customarily used to recruit physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.


To view some of the key findings and statistics check out the slideshare below.


 

 


To get the full review click here.

 


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Posted by at 6/7/2016 1:03:09 PM
Good News for Physicians Seeking Green Cards

Physicians Born Internationally Will Have Easier Time of Obtaining Green Cards


By Carl Shusterman, Immigration Attorney



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There is some good news for internationally born physicians seeking green cards through offers of employment in the United States. On March 9, 2016 the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) designated Matter of H-V-P, I.D. 16270 (AAO) as a precedent decision.


As a result of this designation, physicians who are specialists (as opposed to those practicing primary care) are entitled to a green card in the U.S. through a National Interest Waiver, provided they practice in a medically underserved area for a minimum of five years.

 

Prior to the designation, the USCIS’s Texas Service Center had held that only primary care physicians were entitled to National Interest Waivers, even though USCIS had approved hundreds of such waivers for medical specialists over the past decade. Thanks to the March 9 designation, the matter finally is no longer in dispute.


The designation is the culmination of a long chain of events, including a lawsuit my office brought against the Federal Government in 2002 challenging the government’s efforts to restrict the type of physicians who could obtain National Interest Waivers. Through this lawsuit, a subsequent appeal, and additional wrangling, the door was opened for specialists to obtain National Interest Waivers – except for those applying through the USCIS’ Texas Service Center. Now all physicians may qualify for this benefit, which makes it considerably easier for them to obtain green cards.


A more detailed explanation of the March 9 decision, as well as a comprehensive immigration guide for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and Canadian medical graduates, can be found at my website here.


I would be happy to address any questions on this topic from IMGs, Canadian graduates, or their employers and can be reached at carl@shusterman.com.  


Carl Shusterman served with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1976-82) as a Trial Attorney and is the principal of The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, a Los Angeles-based immigration law firm. He can be reached at carl@shusterman.com or at 213-623-4592 ext. 0.


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Posted by at 6/7/2016 11:22:12 AM
A Raised Hand: The Poverty of Healthcare

The Relationship Between Wealth and Healthcare in America


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By Kurt Mosley


My dear grandmother once told me “money is honey, but health is wealth.” Truer words have not been spoken, but today wealth is becoming an important factor in the health of the American public. When discussing what makes people in the United States healthy or unhealthy, most Americans would likely say diet, exercise, obesity, social indiscretions, or genetics, but not poverty.


In the United States, we spend $3 trillion a year on health care. Half of the $3 trillion can be traced back to just 5% of the population, who are mostly chronic care patients. So the question is where do these chronic care patients come from? The majority of the time the answer is from impoverished communities.


During the debates prior to the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the discussions focused on lower healthcare spending in towns that are devoid of concentrated poverty. President Obama contrasted the high Medicare costs in McAllen, Texas, one of the poorest cities in the nation, to the low Medicare spending in Grand Junction, Colorado, which has very little poverty. Another report criticized the spending of the UCLA Medical Center although the report failed to mention that the UCLA Medical Center borders Los Angeles’ dense urban poverty.


The problem we must recognize is that poorer patients use more health care. Poverty patients use more health care not because they want to, but because their health and social environment are usually worse than wealthier patients. Chronic care is a costly bi-product of poverty as everyday minor maladies progress into serious long-term problems.


As I see it, the problem of poverty and healthcare has been totally ignored. One lone voice in the wilderness was Senator John Edwards in 2007. Senator Edwards was seeking the democratic presidential nomination and co-authored a book Ending Poverty in America on which he based his campaign. While Edwards continued to address poverty, candidates Barack Obama and John McCain never discussed it in any of their speeches.


The late Richard “Buz” Cooper, a highly regarded oncologist and healthcare policy analyst at the University of Pennsylvania, makes the link between poverty and healthcare spending the theme of his book, Poverty and the Myths of Healthcare Reform, to be released posthumously by Johns Hopkins University Press in September 2016.


The key to resolving the issue of excessive healthcare spending starts with the United States facing the fact that the majority of the spending is a result of caring for patients that are near the bottom of our social infrastructure.


Although the United States spends more on healthcare than any other country (16.3% of our GDP), only 9.1% is spent on social services that work to keep the patient population healthy and out of the hospital. France, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, and Germany spend almost twice as much as the United States (18% of their GDP) on social services. The heath expenditures of the same countries average around 9% of their GDP. This is not to say spending more money on social services will solve the soaring healthcare costs in the United States, but these countries have made the creation of a strong social infrastructure a national priority.


Social spending in the United States as compared to its GDP is among the lowest of all developed countries. The goal of this type of spending is to invest in the basics. Food, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, clean water, housing, job training, maternal and sick leave will all help with improving income and decreasing health inequalities.


There will still be people in the United States that no amount of health care spending will cure, and as we continue to live longer costs will continue to rise. Yet, increasing social spending may decrease the rate of health care spending and allow all Americans to live more happy and productive lives.




A_Raised_Hand_Kurt_Mosley_Merritt_Hawkins A Raised Hand will address the questions and concerns of healthcare facilities on emerging trends and offer practical solutions to some of the most pressing staffing challenges today. Kurt Mosley, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Merritt Hawkins, an AMN Healthcare company, is nationally recognized as a leading authority on a wide range of health care staffing issues and trends. 

A nationally noted speaker and frequently cited expert, Mr. Mosley has addressed dozens of state hospital associations and other health professional groups across the country.  He can be reached at kurt.mosley@amnhealthcare.com or you can follow his updates on Twitter at @kurt_mosley.

 

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Posted by at 6/1/2016 2:31:42 PM
Take Our Survey – The Survey for Physicians to Share Their Perspective on the Medical Profession

Merritt Hawkins Invites all Doctors to Take the Physicians Foundation’s Survey


By Mark Smith

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What do physicians plan to do in their practices over the next several years? How do they feel about the medical profession? Would they recommend medicine as a career to their children? How many patients do they see a day and how many hours do they spend on paperwork?


Every other year, Merritt Hawkins conducts a national survey of doctors on behalf of The Physicians Foundation to provide answers to these and related questions.


Entitled “A Survey of America’s Physicians:  Practice Patterns and Perspectives,” the survey provides a “state of the union” of the medical profession and is one of the largest physician surveys conducted in the United States.


The 2014 version of the survey included data from over 20,000 physicians and was cited in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Modern Healthcare. It is the one survey that truly gives physicians a voice and allows them to express their views on the medical profession and today’s healthcare system to policy makers and the public.


Merritt Hawkins is conducting the 2016 version of the survey now and will be emailing it to over 650,000 physicians over the next six to eight weeks.


We invite physicians to take the survey, which on average requires 7 minutes to complete, here.


All physicians who complete the survey and provide an email address will have a complete survey report emailed to them. In addition, physicians taking the survey may enter a drawing for a $5,000 Amazon gift card and five $500 Amazon gift cards.


We welcome your participation and, in partnership with The Physicians Foundation, we look forward to giving you a voice!


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Mark Smith is president of Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm a company of AMN Healthcare. 


 


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Posted by at 6/1/2016 11:55:22 AM
Happy Doctors' Day 2016

Happy Doctors' Day!


 Happy Doctor's Day 2016

Did you know that the very first Doctors' Day was observed March 30th, 1933? This national holiday was inspired by the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia March 30th, 1842. Furthermore, on October 30th, 1990 President Geroge H. W. Bush signed a document designating Doctors' Day as a national holiday to be celebrated each year on March 30th.


Here we are today 83 years later, and we could not be more grateful and thankful for all that you doctors do. Merritt Hawkins would like to take some time to reflect on the work that you do as a physician. Whether it is your calming bedside manner or your amazing ability to create a treatment plan that gets results, we want you to know that we celebrate your outstanding skills and extraordinary intelligence every day, but especially on this day, Doctors' Day 2016.


The following is a brief video highlighting just a few examples of the amazing accomplishments physicians have bestowed upon the world. We cannot wait to see what you do next!


 
 

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Posted by at 3/30/2016 9:37:10 AM
Understanding Match Week

Understanding the Match


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The end is in sight, but before graduation comes one of the most nerve-wracking days of your medical education: Match Day. Each year, on the third Friday in March, over 30,000 medical students finally learn where they will be living and completing their medical training. So, what do you need to know?


It’s more like Match Week than Match Day.


The Monday before Match Day the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) will contact you to let you know if you’ve matched. You won’t know where you’re going yet, but you’ll at least know you did match one of the programs on your rank order list. And now you can breathe a sigh of relief.


But what happens if I didn’t match?


This is why Match Day won’t happen for a few days yet. Starting Monday afternoon the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) begins. In use since 2012, SOAP® was created to replace the Scramble and make the process of placing unmatched or partially matched applicants in unfilled programs a little less stressful. Starting at 12 p.m. on Monday you’ll be able to see the unfilled programs for which you’re eligible using the NRMP Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system. Then starting at 2 p.m. you can apply to a maximum of 30 programs using the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®). At this time programs may begin calling applicants, but no offers or commitments can be given, and the program must initiate all communication. By Wednesday morning the programs will have submitted their preference lists and the first round of offers to applicants begins at 12 p.m. You can receive multiple offers each round, and you have two hours to decide whether or not to accept. If you haven’t matched, a second round of offers is sent out at 3 p.m., again with a two-hour decision deadline. On Thursday another three rounds of offers occur, after which SOAP closes at 5 p.m. If at this time you still haven’t found a position there’s still hope as you can use the information in R3 to contact unfilled programs directly.


Finally, it’s Match Day!


At noon on Friday schools across the country begin their Match Day ceremonies. Each school celebrates differently, so ask around before you go. At some schools there may be an expectation for you to open your envelope and read out where you matched in front of everyone. This can lead to some wonderful moments of tears of joy and some awkward moments of tears of sorrow, so be prepared. Starting at 1 p.m. you’ll also be able to find out where you matched via e-mail or the R3 system.


So what can I do ahead of time?


If you’re concerned you won’t match, then:

  • Update your ERAS documents ahead of time. Not all of your application can be altered, but you can write a new personal statement, and have student affairs upload your latest transcript. You can even consider getting new letters of recommendation.
  • Reconsider your geographic area. If you don’t match, where else would you be willing to live? Widening your geographic area can increase your options greatly.
  • Consider changing your specialty or doing a preliminary or transitional year. While this option may not appeal to everyone, it is a point worth considering, especially if you’re applying to a highly competitive specialty.
  • Do something else for a year, and then reapply. If you don’t match think about options outside of residency, such as an academic fellowship, travel, or earning a master’s degree. When you reapply your experience could make you a more competitive applicant.

Match Day is a milestone to celebrate, but it can also be extremely stressful. Not everyone will match right away, but student affairs and your advisor can help you navigate SOAP. If you don’t match, know too that no one will know unless you tell them. The SOAP timeline was designed so that everyone could receive their envelopes on Match Day together.


For more information on the Match, how it works, and the deadlines for application see: http://www.nrmp.org/match-process/


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Meghan McCoy, M.D.

Passionate about health, science, and education, Meghan McCoy, M.D., graduated from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2007.


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Posted by at 3/16/2016 1:52:56 PM
Merritt Hawkins’ Paper in Health Affairs Presented At the National Press Club

Merritt Hawkins’ Paper in Health Affairs Presented At the National Press Club

By Travis Singleton


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Phil Miller pictured above. Photo credit Health Affairs


In its March, 2016 issue, Health Affairs published a series of peer-reviewed papers focusing on physicians.


One of these papers was authored by Merritt Hawkins’ Vice President of Communications, Phil Miller. Mr. Miller and several other Health Affairs authors presented their papers at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. before an audience of 200 policy makers, journalists and healthcare analysts -- an event sponsored by The Physicians Foundation.


A key theme of the presentations was value-based payments and how these are affecting physicians. Dr. Lawrence Casalino presented research sponsored by The Physicians Foundation showing that doctors now spend an average of 2.6 hours a week documenting quality measures, at an overall cost to physicians in select specialties of over $14 billion.


Taking this data as a starting point, Mr. Miller noted how quality documenting requirements are just another in a series of bureaucratic duties that are eroding physician morale and causing many physicians to seek alternatives to traditional clinical practice. The net effect of emerging physician practice patterns is to reduce the number of full-time-equivalent physicians, a factor contributing to the physician shortage.


It was a timely and thought-provoking discussion, held at a storied venue that has hosted presidents, monarchs, movie stars and other luminaries. Merritt Hawkins was proud to be a part of it.


Mr. Miller's paper featured in Health Affairs titled, "The Medical Profession’s Future: A Struggle Between Caring For Patients and Bottom-Line Pressures" is available viewing.


If you have questions or comments about how the medical profession is changing please feel free to contact me or comment below.


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Travis Singleton is Senior Vice President of Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm and a company of AMN Healthcare. He can be reached at 800-876-0500 or by email.

 

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Posted by at 3/10/2016 12:10:58 PM
Merritt Hawkins 2015 Year in Review

Merritt Hawkins 2015 Year in Review: A Historic Year


2015 was a historic year for Merritt Hawkins with exciting new milestones reached in terms of physician placements. We are particularly proud of the impact that clinicians we placed last year have had on the quality of care and economic vitality of their states and communities. See the brief video below highlighting the combined impact of 896 placed healthcare professionals. We look forward to working with you to make an even larger impact in 2016!


 

 

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Posted by at 3/3/2016 8:42:11 AM


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