Candidate Corner Blog - Physician Job & Healthcare Industry Trends

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LIVE WEBINAR - Physician Compensation And Contracts

Physician Compensation and Employment Contracts Webinar - Register Today


Live Webinar on Physician Compensation And Contracts


"Wherever you go, whatever state you're in, rural or urban, direct care or hospital-based, it doesn't matter. Even if you're joining a family physician who is bringing on the first partner ever, there's still a nine in 10 chance that you're going to be under an employed agreement, not a partnership agreement," - Travis Singleton.


Merritt Hawkins is proud to be presenting on the crucial topic of physician compensation and contracts for an upcoming webinar hosted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).


Entitled, Family Physician Compensation and Employment Contracts, the webinar will examine the current features of employment contracts for family physicians, many of which apply to physicians of all types. Travis Singleton, Senior Vice President at Merritt Hawkins, will be presenting on topics such as RVUs and why they are a component in up to 70% of employment packages, production incentives associated with outcome-based medicine and population health, and what is or isn't negotiable in a contract. 


The webinar will prove insightful for any healthcare facility employing physicians and for physicians in various specialties who are interested in this subject.


The webinar will take place on January 31st at 8 PM CST. To register and learn more click here


If you have questions about the webinar, or if you would like to discuss physician recruiting, please email us here.





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Top 5 Articles From 2017

A Look Back at 2017 Healthcare Trends: Physician Compensation, Tort Reform, and More


Top 5 Articles From 2017

2017 was a year defined by changes within the healthcare industry. As the year comes to a close we are taking this opportunity to reflect on the most significant and impactful of those changes. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 blog articles from Merritt Hawkins for the year that cover topics such as physician compensation, tort reform, single payer healthcare, and physician turnover.


Which States Have Tort Reform: Where to Practice?


What you should know about tort reform in the United States.


Physician Single Payer Healthcare Survey


A plurality of physicians strongly support a single payer healthcare system, according to a new survey by Merritt Hawkins.


Is There an Ideal Physician-to-Population Ratio?


Here are the physician-to-population factors and variances that you should know.


The 2017 Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents is Now Available


Merritt Hawkins’ 2017 Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents tracks the career plans and expectations of 926 physicians in their final year of residency training.


Physician Turnover and Healthcare Staffing Trends


With physician turnover a major challenge, many healthcare facilities are examining their retention programs to ensure they are able to keep the physicians they recruit.




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Posted by at 12/27/2017 1:29:10 PM
How Eating Well and Exercising Can Make You a Better Physician

Physicians, Here is Why Eating Well and Fitness Are Crucial


How Eating Well and Exercising Can Make You a Better Physician

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


Who wouldn’t want to have a sharper memory, get more done and feel more relaxed—all at the same time? Exercising regularly and eating healthy foods can be the key to unlocking your hidden potential.


Everything old is new again.


In an era when physicians often feel oversubscribed and overwhelmed, it’s easy to forget some of the classic remedies that once formed the core of Western medicine. Prior to the beginning of the 20th Century—before Western medicine and healthcare started to emphasize taking drugs to cure what ails you—a significant part of a physician’s duties focused on preserving health and preventing disease.


In fact, physicians dating all the way back to Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.) routinely emphasized the importance of exercise and diet. This approach serves as the basis for modern theories about health and wellness that persist to this day.


You are what you eat and drink.


Your body’s health is, to some extent, a reflection of what you put in it. For physicians, who are expected to be sharp and focused at all times, eating a diet composed of lean sources of high quality protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates is always a good rule of thumb.


Eating fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day keeps your brain healthy, energized and engaged. Staying properly hydrated is another important way to reduce fatigue and improve mental acuity. Try to drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of water each day.


Reap the rewards of regular exercise.


The greatest benefits from routine physical activity occur in the brain. This is because exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and joy and help prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for learning and memory. For physicians, who tend to begin and end their careers relatively late in life, it is essential to stave off cognitive decline as long as possible.


Exercising for 30 minutes a few times each week will instantly boost your overall mood and creates a positive “snowball effect” that reinforces other healthy behaviors. When our minds feel better, we become more naturally inclined to socialize, make time to do the things we enjoy and stay physically active.


Double down to make it stick.


It might seem counterintuitive to the notion that it’s always better to change one variable at a time, but a recent Stanford University study revealed that—if you want to ensure healthy lifestyle changes persist—it’s best to modify diet and exercise regimens concurrently.


We’ve come full circle.


In some ways medicine hasn’t really evolved all that much since the days of Hippocrates. Despite the mind-boggling capabilities that modern medical technologies enable, the fact remains that both diet and exercise still form the core foundation of good health and wellness.


So, the next time you grab a healthy snack or take some time on the elliptical, why not browse our physician jobs database to see if there are new opportunities that will also contribute to your overall well-being. Contact one of our expert recruiters to find out what’s out there and to discuss next steps.





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Posted by at 12/13/2017 2:23:40 PM
How to Eat Healthy On the Go

Nutrition for Busy Physicians


How to Eat Healthy On the Go

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


Just because you’re traveling or feeling rushed doesn’t mean you need to eat foods that leave you feeling sluggish or bloated. Trading junk food for healthier options can transform how you feel while at work and at play. As any physically active physician knows, drinking plenty of fresh water and eating wholesome foods throughout the day really helps sustain energy levels. These good habits also enable your body to better handle the daily stressors that life inevitably throws your way.


Here are some tips to help you stay healthy, fit and energetic while busy:


Prepare your own meals


Avoiding the convenience of fast food joints, with their menus emphasizing high levels of sodium, sugar and fat, is one of the key ways you can turn your diet around. Sure, we all like to indulge ourselves once in a while, and there is nothing wrong with that. The problem is when eating fast food becomes the norm, instead of the exception. It’s much easier—not to mention much less expensive—to go grocery shopping and prepare healthy meal options at home. Once you factor in the value of your time and the cost of wear and tear on your vehicle and fuel spent on a few extra trips each week to the local drive-thru, preparing your own meals wins, hands down. Healthy and inexpensive vs. damaging and costly? It’s really a no brainer.


Eat smaller portions, more often


Consuming too many calories in a single meal sends the wrong signal to our brains. Even if they’re healthy calories, when we consume more than we need in a single sitting, our brains believe that leaner times are around the corner. We then store those surplus calories as fat. Keep in mind that the human stomach is, on average, about the size of a human fist. So, eating more than the volume of your own fist at one time is essentially overkill. Doing so can cause insulin levels to spike, leading to increased fat and other complications. It’s much healthier to eat 5-6 smaller meals spaced evenly throughout each day.


Eat a good balance of protein, complex carbohydrates and fat


It’s important to ensure that your meals (most of them) are composed of a blend of lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. The much-lauded Mediterranean diet is a good rule of thumb to follow. You can’t go wrong with a diet consisting of things like fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt, and olive oil. Stay away from refined carbohydrates, which means most anything made from white flour, such as white bread and most types of pasta or pizza dough. If you simply cannot resist, be certain to eat only minimal amounts of refined carbohydrates combined with lean protein—like a skinless chicken breast—and a small amount of healthy fat, such as olive oil or avocado.


Drink lots of fresh clean/filtered water


The human body is mostly water and it needs water to function well. Consuming plenty of water each and every day helps flush toxins from your body, helps you feel full so you eat less, and keeps your skin looking fresh and invigorated. Getting plenty of water also helps you think clearly and avoid energy lags throughout the day. Many unhealthy cravings can be sated with a glass of purified water.


Avoid bad foods


Let’s face it, certain foods are comforting—at least when you’re eating them! But, think about how those same foods make you feel afterward. Excess alcohol is the classic example. Nobody likes to suffer through a hangover after a night of drinking too much. Sugary snacks like cookies, cake and candy, soda products, fruit juice, ice cream, or anything partially hydrogenated (which includes most packaged baked goodies) can all have a similar effect on how we feel after we satisfy our cravings. These foods cause blood sugar and insulin levels to spike, putting you on a hamster wheel while your body tries to recover. Each spike and trough in your blood sugar triggers another craving.


This doesn’t mean you can never reward yourself and enjoy something tasty. Just be sure to limit the amount of these types of foods you eat on a regular basis. Good news: the longer you avoid highly processed sugar- and fat-laden foods, the better that alternatives like fresh fruit will taste to you. Don’t believe it? Try avoiding all of the items listed above for three weeks and then see how a nice crisp apple tastes. You won’t regret making the switch!


Let Merritt Hawkins’ professional recruiters help you find the perfect physician job today. Simply take a moment to apply, and we’ll take it from there. One of our highly experienced recruiters will be in touch to help you find exciting physician job opportunities around the nation.

 





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Posted by at 11/28/2017 10:35:07 AM
What is Your Ideal Work Environment?

Work Environment Matters for Physicians and Patients


What is Your Ideal Work Environment?

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


Plenty of primetime television dramas depict physician work environments as a giant, non-stop adrenaline rush. Gravely injured patients are wheeled in on gurneys, bursting through ER doors while wailing in pain, while nurses and technicians swirl around in a constant frenzy of activity.


While some physicians—both early career and seasoned veterans—really do gravitate to, and enjoy, the fast pace of a large, busy, urban ER, others are drawn to more relaxed, routine, relatively predictable work environments, such as a private clinical practice, a quiet research laboratory, or an urgent care facility in a sleepy, small town.


So, what is your ideal work environment?


In an era of 24/7 television programs that show us how to improve our home environments—think Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) networks—it can be easy to overlook or forget about the work environment where we spend a good third or more of our time. Perhaps this is because we assume work is different, and we don’t have as much latitude when selecting where to work because…well, at its most fundamental level, work is necessary to earn a paycheck.


But, work culture is vitally important to overall happiness, so you should never underestimate the need to think carefully about where you will spend at least one-third of your time.


Swim with the sharks, or go it alone?


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of physicians work in large hospitals, HMO’s, or group practices, with relatively few working in solo practice. This translates into more physicians needing to work collaboratively and cooperatively with larger groups of support staff, such as nurses, technicians and administrators. It also means that they must be more trusting of colleagues who often play a greater role in diagnosing and helping determine appropriate treatment plans for patients. Knowing which climate is more suited to your personality, professional goals, and personal demands outside of work is a crucial first step.


Don’t be fooled by “flexibility”


Inspired by Silicon Valley startups and companies like Google and Apple, many healthcare employers now tout “flexibility” as a key benefit for prospective employees.


Caveat emptor! In this era, choosing to work for an employer that requires more rigid work hours, with little or no flexibility for time away, might seem like an obvious dead-end. But, before you quickly say “No!” to that model, you might want to dig a little deeper.


Often, employers that require more structured workweeks and offer less flexibility, also, in turn, respect your time away from work to a greater degree. In other words, more rigid work hours might translate into fewer interruptions from supervisors or co-workers during your non-work hours, i.e., evenings, weekends, vacations and holidays. Many prospective employees jump at the chance to have greater flexibility, but then later regret their choice after discovering that their employer does not respect traditional personal/professional time boundaries.


So, when interviewing for your next job, be certain to ask thoughtful questions aimed at revealing the true work culture and environment of the hospital, practice, or other healthcare organization you are considering. Ask other employees to share their own experiences, and try to discern if the work environment truly suits your personality and expectations before accepting the job.


Above all, be honest with yourself about the type of work culture or environment that will make you happiest.


For more information on how to find your ideal work environment and your ideal job, speak with one of our recruiters today.





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Posted by at 11/20/2017 2:48:17 PM
How To Be Present For Your Family When You Go Home

Physicians and Family Life


How To Be Present For Your Family When You Go Home

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


"The secret to health for both body and mind is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." –Buddha


From their ancient roots in India, to more modern interpretations by the philosopher-writer Alan Watts in the 1960s and 1970s, the Buddhist principles of mindfulness and living in the moment have persisted for good reason. In fact, the concept of being "present" seems more popular than ever, manifesting itself in the practice of yoga, meditation and more contemporary approaches to wellness.


If we accept that “getting present" is fundamentally a good thing, then how do we go about it? There are many ways to bring oneself into a present state of mind. The best strategy is to try each one on for size and then stick with techniques that work well for you personally. Some approaches to help you slip into the present moment include:


Emulate those who already exhibit a present vibe. You can pick up someone else’s present vibe just through osmosis. If you already know someone who is more present than most other people you encounter or socialize with, reach out and let them know that you’re trying to improve your ability to focus on the here and now. Most people who have achieved some degree of success getting present on their own will be quite happy to share their experience. 


Watch video clips or listen to recordings of people who have mastered the art and science of being in the moment. You can search the Internet for a range of how-to tutorials offered by those who are eager to spread the word. Seek out those with decades of experience, such as Tara Brach, a popular clinical psychologist who has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975.


Focus on breathing. Deep, slow belly breathing has been proven to elicit a calming effect on the human body and mind. This is because when we initiate or concentrate on breathing from our lower abdomen, blood pressure decreases and oxygen levels increase, thereby creating positive changes to the body’s physical and mental state.


Zero in on what is right in front of you. This is the most important—and also the most difficult—step to getting your mind into a present state. Start by touching your clothing, then focus—really focus—on how it feels. When your brain tries to distract you with thoughts of "What am I going to make for dinner tonight?" stop and refocus on the feel of the fabric right in front of you. Keep doing this again and again until it becomes easier. It's okay to concentrate on other sights and sounds as long as they're in your present surroundings.


Sometimes being present also means reevaluating your current work situation to decide if change is in order. Merritt Hawkins’ recruiters can answer any, and all, of your questions to help you take that next step to being “ever present” in not only your family life, but also your physician career. Browse our extensive online jobs database or reach out to one of our recruiters today.





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Posted by at 11/14/2017 1:24:09 PM
The Double-Edged Sword of Social Media: A Prudent Approach for Physicians

How Physicians Should Use Social Media


The Double-Edged Sword of Social Media: A Prudent Approach for Physicians

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


In the social media era, one of the best career moves a physician can make is to be strategic and pro-active about maintaining an online presence. All healthcare professionals—physicians in particular—should also be aware of the inherent risks of using social media, which can sometimes exceed the benefits.


First, it’s important to understand your goals before you invest time with social media. Do you want to advertise your medical specialty and drive business to your practice? Share recent research results? Provide prospective patients with your business hours and insurance plans accepted?


On one hand, it’s hard to compete with the ease, accessibility and immediacy that social media offers. Overhead is low relative to traditional avenues such as paid advertising. Patient data and physician or practice information can be readily distributed—meaning fewer phone calls, office visits, and paper files to handle. And, patients increasingly turn to social media when shopping for a new primary care physician or specialist.


On the other hand, there are many reasons why physicians should exercise caution before using social media. Using social media creates a greater risk of patient privacy breaches, which can result in legal action, including license suspension or revocation. Essentially, any behavior or posting that can be construed as unprofessional could create lasting damage to your professional reputation.


Have you ever conducted a Web search on yourself? Were the search results accurate or erroneous? Did the results highlight your talents and strengths and portray you as the professional you are?


Organizations such as the AMA, the American Association of Family Physicians, and the Federation of State Medical Boards publish guidelines for prudent social media use by physicians. Some key recommendations include:

 

  • Maintain separate email and social networking accounts for personal vs. professional use
  • Never discuss medical treatment with patients on personal social networking sites, and do not accept “friend” requests from patients
  • Always pause and think before posting or hitting “send”
  • Never provide any information that could compromise the identity of a patient—doing so could be a HIPAA violation
  • Use texting, email, or other electronic communication tools only with established patients who have provided consent
  • Handle any requests for clinical advice (in the absence of an established patient-physician relationship) by encouraging the individual to schedule an office visit or, if urgent, to go to the nearest emergency room
  • Actively police and curate your online presence to avoid potential harm to your professional career
  • Create an online professional profile and ensure that it appears first in relevant search results—before physician ranking sites, which can be inaccurate, misleading, and potentially damaging to your professional reputation 

Above all, physicians should learn to recognize the security, privacy and confidentiality risks of all personal and professional electronic communications, including posts, email and texts. When your reputation is at stake, there simply is no room for error.


Take advantage of Merritt Hawkins’ unparalleled staffing resources and 20 years of experience with physician recruitment and placement. Call today to speak with one of our professional placement specialists.





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Posted by at 11/7/2017 7:52:12 AM
Expanding Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners

The Demand for NPs is Growing


Expanding Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


After passage of the Affordable Care Act the demand for access to preventative and primary care has never been greater. Nearly 18 million Americans have gained insurance coverage. In underserved rural and urban areas the need for healthcare is amplified due to massive shortages of primary care physicians. Surveys indicate that over 58 million Americans live in areas experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians. Despite this circumstance, advanced nurse practitioners (NPs) must continue to fight for the right to prescribe controlled substances and operate practices without a collaborative agreement with a physician.


Some states are addressing this historic chasm between need and availability by enabling nurse practitioners to provide preventative care and, thereby, help Americans stay healthier. Expanding scope of practice for nurse practitioners would allow them to order tests, diagnose patients, initiate involuntary psychiatric commitment for unstable patients, complete death certificates, and, in general, perform procedures, actions and processes based on their education and training.


Greater availability of nurse practitioners providing preventative care can reduce the number of people who forego primary care and the number of people seeking treatment for preventable conditions in emergency rooms throughout the country. And, studies repeatedly show that enhanced access to primary care reduces costs and increases the quality of patient outcomes. Quality of care improves because NP’s can spend more time with patients than primary care physicians, which enables them to offer more detailed guidance and instructions on how to address each patient’s particular health challenges.


Nurse practitioners are projected to experience 31% job growth between 2017 and 2024. This trend is likely to gain momentum as more and more states recognize the significant expertise NP’s bring to the table. Many states have already passed or introduced legislation to loosen longstanding restrictions and grant more autonomy to nurse practitioners. Some state legislatures are even introducing bills that will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances without the oversight of a physician. When more nurse practitioners are able to function independently and can manage a host of preventative care needs, more Americans enjoy increased access to care.


The Veterans Administration made a historic move in January 2017 by granting full practice autonomy to certified nurse practitioners, certified clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives. In addition to increasing access to care, this policy change saves money for NP’s—who no longer are required to pay significant monthly fees for physician oversight—as high as $3,000—as well as for states which can decrease monitoring and enforcement regulations. This unprecedented step by the VA has created momentum for nurse practitioners and their advocates around the country.


Many physician groups oppose the expansion of nurse practitioner scope of practice, citing concerns about impacts on overall quality of patient care and over-referral to specialists; however, studies show that the quality of patient care is comparable between physicians and nurse practitioners, and claims that NP’s increase patient use of specialists are unsubstantiated.


Nonetheless, restrictive practice laws continue to persist in some states,—especially in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic—and the slow pace of change continues to frustrate nurse practitioners and their advocates. Organized medicine groups have spent a great deal of time and resources raising questions, concerns and doubts with policymakers and the public about the abilities and qualifications of nurse practitioners.


Despite the opposition of physician groups, a number of states have granted greater leeway to nurse practitioners to practice primary care. For instance, at least 21 states have revised their laws to grant nurse practitioners full practice and prescriptive authority, including Vermont, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island, North Dakota and Connecticut in recent years. Other states, such as Texas, Utah, New York, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Arkansas have recently expanded the scope of practice for nurse practitioners.


Let Merritt Hawkins help you find the perfect physician or advanced practitioner job today. Discuss your career ambitions and lifestyle choices with our highly experienced recruiters who can help you find new opportunities that will make your physician and advanced practice career sizzle with new experiences.





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Posted by at 10/30/2017 1:18:10 PM
How Telemedicine will Play a Larger Role in Optometry: Pros and Cons

What to Expect From Telemedicine in Optometry


How Telemedicine will Play a Larger Role in Optometry: Pros and Cons

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


Telemedicine—the exchange from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s health status—is revolutionizing how patients access modern healthcare. Thus far, the outcomes appear to be mostly beneficial for patients. Who can argue with more convenient access to health practitioners, faster access to specialists and reduced healthcare costs?


Telemedicine already plays a significant role in the diagnosis of eye diseases, including increasing patient access to quality eye care from leading optometrists, as well as patient compliance with treatments. One example of the positive impact telemedicine can have on eye health involves patients with diabetes.


Diabetic retinopathy affects over 5 million people in the United States, one-third of whom are unaware of their condition. People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to go blind than those without the disease. But the chances of experiencing a loss of vision are greatly reduced with early detection and treatment. Therefore, it is extremely important to increase awareness among diabetics about the need for regular eye examinations, where telemedicine can play a beneficial role.


Non-mydriatic cameras can now be used to perform retinal screenings in diabetics without the need to dilate the eyes. As a result, screening rates have increased. Researchers monitored the number of diabetic patients who had a recommended retinal examination prior to the time when a telemedicine remote imaging system was implemented versus the number of diabetic patients who had the retinal examination within two years after the system came online.


In year one, only 15 percent of patients in the study had a retinal examination. But two years after the telemedicine system was installed, 71 percent of the patients had a retinal examination. This significant increase suggests that patients were not only willing to embrace new remote imaging approaches, but they also had developed greater overall awareness of the potential risks they faced due to the mere presence of telemedicine options. Few programs have demonstrated such a positive impact on overall diabetic retinopathy evaluation rates.


Despite the myriad advantages of utilizing the latest technology to improve access to optometrists and other healthcare practitioners, the adoption rate of telemedicine is still limited due to several constraints and disadvantages.


Technological breakdowns are typically the most common barrier to effective use of telemedicine in optometry and other medical fields. No one wants to schedule precious time for a virtual visit with an optometrist and then learn that a remote examination isn’t feasible due to a network glitch or camera malfunction.


In addition, the limited range of diagnostic procedures that can be done remotely using telehealth technology versus what can be done during an in-person office visit with an optometrist is another constraint.


One consequence of the greater use of telemedicine in optometry and other medical specialties is the impact on continuity of care. Sustaining a long-term relationship between doctors and patients can be beneficial because it enables practitioners to develop a better sense of a patient’s overall lifestyle and other meta factors that can facilitate making more individualized diagnoses and treatment plans. With telemedicine, patients are sometimes seen on a first come, first served basis, which can disrupt the normal evolution of a doctor-patient relationship. Although this problem is not insurmountable, it is something patients should remain mindful about when they choose to go the telemedicine route.


Merritt Hawkins professional recruiters are ready to help you find your next physician, optometrist or other allied health job. Take time to browse through our robust jobs database, which features openings in a variety of places and work settings. Then, contact one of our expert recruiters to discuss next steps.





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Posted by at 10/24/2017 11:50:26 AM
Optometry's Role in Treating Sports Related Concussions/Injuries

Optometrists Prevent and Treat TBIs


Optometry's Role in Treating Sports Related Concussions/Injuries

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


Recent research indicates that patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are rehabilitated faster and more completely when optometrists are included as part of the overall health care team.


Over 50,000 deaths each year in the United States, and nearly 50 percent of all injury-related deaths are attributed to TBI. Falls are, by far, the most common cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S.; however, other causes are starting to generate headlines, and the role of optometry in proper injury assessment is also grabbing attention.


Increased media coverage of war veterans who have sustained traumatic brain injuries during combat has helped elevate awareness about the long-term harmful effects when TBIs go untreated. Additionally, there has been increased media coverage of TBIs among both youth and professional athletes who play contact sports like football and rugby. In fact, the leading cause of injury-related death and disability among children and young adults is traumatic brain injury. Conditions resulting from undiagnosed and untreated TBI often have devastating effects on quality of life and rehabilitative success of patients.


Optometrists play a crucial role in helping prevent and treat traumatic brain injuries—such as concussions—because vision is an excellent tool for identifying mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) among patients. Subtle changes to vision can get overlooked by practitioners who have not received specialized training in conditions of the eye. Visual pathways can account for over 50% of the brain’s pathways, which are often affected in concussion. Patients who have experienced concussion often exhibit signs of vision problems, including accommodative disorders, saccadic dysfunction and convergence insufficiency.


Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of concussion because they often have more prolonged recoveries than adults with concussion do, leading to poorer outcomes. Recent studies have revealed a high prevalence of vision problems in adolescents who have experienced a concussion, along with substantial symptoms associated with those vision disorders. After receiving immediate treatment from a primary care physician, anyone with a concussion—children in particular—should be certain to schedule a follow-up comprehensive eye examination with an optometrist to ensure visual capabilities are intact and protected.


This elevated awareness about mTBIs is now creating a dramatic increase in office visits and referrals to doctors of optometry. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), of the 1.4 million traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths that occur each year, an estimated 75-90 percent are typically concussions or other forms of mTBI.


Because many doctors of optometry are already involved in the diagnoses and rehabilitation of people with traumatic brain injuries, the American Optometry Association (AOA) has developed a members-only tool called the Brain Injury Electronic Resource Manual (BIERM), which serves as a helpful reference to assist optometrists in evaluating brain injuries among patients. The BIERM emphasizes diagnosis of common visual problems associated with TBI, including accommodative, binocular vision and eye movement disorders. A second volume of the BIERM focuses on treating and managing brain-injured patients over time. Expect to see more research in the prevention of brain injuries, including the important role optometrists play in fall prevention—one of the biggest contributors to TBI among seniors.


When working as part of an interdisciplinary health care team in a hospital or clinic, doctors of optometry can introduce the latest research advances to help diagnose and treat visual conditions. They can also make appropriate referrals for patients who require more specialized treatment. Because they already know how to diagnose and treat TBI-related visual and ocular disorders, such as oculomotor dysfunctions, O.D.’s are now helping make a significant difference in patient outcomes, rehabilitative progress and overall quality of life.


Do you want to play an active role in shaping the future of health care delivery and patient outcomes? Invest some time browsing through the Merritt Hawkins optometry jobs database, which features open positions in a variety of locales and work settings. Then contact one of our expert professional recruiters today to discuss next steps.





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Posted by at 10/19/2017 7:18:25 AM
National Physician Assistant Week Shines a Light on a Key Profession

Happy PA Week!


National Physician Assistant Week Shines a Light on a Key Profession

By Travis Singleton


October 6th – October 12th marks National Physician Assistant Week – a good time to reflect on how PAs are making a growing contribution to healthcare access and quality in the United States.


According to the 2016 Survey of PA Recruiting and Employment Trends, which Merritt Hawkins conducted in conjunction with the American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA), 90 percent of U.S. hospitals now employ PAs. The number for hospitals of 200 beds or more is 96 percent. Sixty percent of hospitals are currently recruiting PAs and 58% expect PAs to take on a greater role within their facilities.


There are over 110,000 PAs practicing in the U.S. today, about one-third of them in primary care and two-thirds in specialty care. PAs are coming to the fore in healthcare in part because they offer patients access to services at a time when the supply of physicians is constrained. In 2017, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projected there will be a deficit of up to 104,900 physicians by 2030.


Physician shortages already are being felt by patients. Merritt Hawkins’ 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times indicates that the average time to make a physician new patient appointment has grown from 20.5 days in 2009 to 24.1 days in 2017, a 30 percent increase.


PAs expand the medical workforce by handling some of the more routine maladies patients present, by assisting with procedures, helping with patient education, ensuring compliance and, in general, enhancing quality of care.


Their training and expertise fit perfectly into the “team-based” concept of care in which physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, care coordinators and other professionals each practice “to the top of their training” along a continuum of care.


PAs also fit the staffing concept behind the “convenient care” movement, and now practice at a growing number of urgent care centers and retail clinics nationwide. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) were among to first facilities to utilize PAs within the team-based model, and now PAs work at thousands of FQHC sites across the country.


Ninety percent of patients surveyed in a study conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the the AAPA said PAs make it easier to get an appointment and improve quality of care, showing that the important role PAs play has not gone unnoticed by the public.


Merritt Hawkins is proud to recruit PAs to hospitals, medical groups, urgent care centers, FQHCs and other facilities across the country. We extend our best wishes to PAs during National Physician Assistant Week and welcome any comments readers may have on the role PAs are playing in today’s evolving healthcare system. Those who would like a complete copy of the Survey of PA Recruitment and Employment Trends are welcome to email me here.





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Posted by at 10/10/2017 7:43:02 AM
How Best to Establish Rapport with New Patients

Physicians and Patients Establishing Trust is Crucial


How Best to Establish Rapport with New Patients

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


It often takes several visits before patients fully open up and feel comfortable sharing personal information with their physicians. For instance, few patients are naturally comfortable disclosing recreational drug use, addiction to alcohol, sexual practices or promiscuity to doctors, even when they have an established relationship.


What can physicians and other healthcare practitioners do to build trust and establish better rapport with patients? 


First, it’s important to recognize that building trust is unique to each individual relationship. There are no standards of care for offering compassion and empathy, although demonstrating those two qualities is the very foundation for building a healthy, trusting and productive doctor-patient relationship.


Building trust starts with consistently exercising common courtesies during a patient’s visit and other interactions with you and your staff—from the first call placed to schedule an appointment, to greeting a patient when they enter the reception area, and all the way through to follow-up calls when checking on a patient’s recovery. Ensure that you and your staff are consistently courteous, patient and helpful on the phone, as well as in the office.


Physicians can also build trust by remembering to listen patiently to each new patient, without interrupting. It’s been said that most patients tell you ninety percent of what’s wrong if they are allowed to talk for five minutes without interruption. Physicians can exploit this window of opportunity by trying not to second-guess what a patient is trying to explain and allowing the patient to fully communicate, in their own terms, what is troubling them.


Unfortunately, research shows that most physicians interrupt patients after less than twenty seconds. Although it might be necessary on occasion to interject in order to keep a discussion on track, allowing patients to talk without interruption for at least five minutes can make a substantial difference in building trust.


Making good eye contact is another excellent tactic for establishing good rapport with new patients. It’s really a no brainer, but many physicians overlook this simple, yet highly effective, practice because they need to simultaneously record comments during the examination. Using a voice recorder and transcription service is one solution.


Understanding and respecting a patient’s desire for modesty often gets overlooked in doctor offices and hospitals. When patients feel like their desire for modesty isn’t respected, it can contribute to generalized dissatisfaction with the physician. It’s important to ensure patients feel secure and comfortable when disrobing in an exam room, and that they are offered appropriately fitting gowns that fully cover their bodies. Keep in mind that many patients—especially the elderly—can struggle with how to properly don a hospital gown. A little guidance from a nurse can go a long way toward ensuring that a patient isn’t frustrated and potentially left feeling exposed.


Always be certain to exchange “common courtesy” greetings at the beginning of an appointment. This means introducing yourself, confirming that you know the patient’s name (or the name they prefer to be called), smiling, extending an apology if you’re running a few minutes behind, and even making a comment about the weather, such as “Wow, it’s blistering hot out there today!” These exchanges demonstrate to the patient that you are, first and foremost, a human being before you are a doctor. All too often busy physicians dispense with these normal and expected interactions. This can cause patients to feel invisible and sow feelings of distrust.


Although it is necessary for doctors to stand when physically evaluating a patient, it is also important to sit when talking to patients, e.g., when listening to the patient describe the reason for their visit, when going over test results or when outlining a treatment plan. Physicians should not underestimate how patients perceive vertical differences when making eye contact, so don’t ignore this subtle yet important dynamic.


Start establishing a good rapport with Merritt Hawkins’ professional placement specialists. Take advantage of our unparalleled healthcare staffing resources, with over 20 years of experience recruiting and placing physicians in rewarding career positions. Please browse through our extensive online jobs database and give us a call today.

 






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Why Optometrists Should Care about Disruptive Innovation

Innovation in Optometry


Why Optometrists Should Care about Disruptive Innovation

By Doug Bennett, Contributor


“Disruptive innovation” is one of those trendy new terms that suddenly emerge in the American lexicon—overnight and out of nowhere. It turns out the term was coined by Harvard University Business School professor Clayton Christensen, and refers to a phenomenon occurring when innovation in a service or product spawns new markets that eventually displace longstanding ones.


Consider what the Internet has done as far as transforming traditional business and commerce models throughout the world. Or, how cell phones have replaced landline telephones, or how electronic banking has displaced writing checks by hand, addressing envelopes and attaching postage stamps. True disruptive innovations increase the convenience, accessibility and affordability of a service or product in order to make them more available to the general population.


Out with the old, in with the new


In recent years in the eye care industry, companies like Warby Parker have created true disruptive innovation. They burst onto the eyewear scene by employing a vertical integration approach to reduce costs and provide eyeglasses at a lower price than most other top eyewear competitors. This approach was pioneered by online contact lens companies, such as 1-800-CONTACTS, who first started transforming the eyewear industry over a decade ago. This new e-commerce business model for purchasing eyeglasses or contact lenses has disrupted the traditional model of going to an eyewear retailer at the local shopping mall, getting examined by an optometrist, and then selecting a new pair of frames or being fitted for contact lenses.


The risk for optometrists


This type of shift in traditional practices and business norms is beneficial and attractive to patients because it lowers costs. But, optometry practitioners view it as a competitive threat because less expensive online eyewear options can reduce sales volumes for optometry practices, thereby undermining their ability to remain in business. The implications for optometrists and other eye care professionals should not be underestimated.


Perhaps an even more compelling cause for alarm is that ordering contact lenses or prescription eyeglass lenses online—without a prior examination by a licensed optometrist or a proper fitting by an optician or optometrist—can seriously jeopardize a person’s eye health. This is an example of where disruptive innovations can have unintended negative consequences.


What to do?


Choosing to ignore the influence of disruptive innovations that will inevitably continue to reshape the optometry landscape is not the best strategy. Instead, optometrists and other eye care professionals should try to remain hyper-aware of any, and all, emerging industry developments. The best way—perhaps the only way—to survive in such a dynamic business environment is to recognize changes before they arrive, embrace them, and then identify strategies or tactics for differentiating between the impersonal, transactional nature of interacting with an online retail web site versus the more individualized patient experience that can be offered by a traditional optometrist.


Stay Informed, Speak Out


Ultimately, it is crucial for optometrists to recognize that disruptive innovation is here to stay. Although some drivers are well beyond the control of the average working optometrist, the broader community of optometrists does have some leverage as far as determining if, how and when to adapt to the inevitable changes that are afoot. For example, optometrists can take a stance on the potential harmful impacts to patient eye health by becoming an advocate in the legislative arena, where industry-wide solutions must be vetted and passed because optometry is a regulated practice.


If you’re an optometrist or other healthcare professional thinking about making a professional change, take advantage of Merritt Hawkins’ unparalleled optometry staffing and placement resources. We offer over 20 years of experience recruiting and placing healthcare professionals in rewarding career positions in a range of exciting geographic locations. Speak with a recruiter today to find out what optometry positions are waiting for your invaluable skills.






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Survey Shows Medical Residents Are Swamped With Job Offers

The 2017 Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents is Now Available


Survey Shows Medical Residents Are Swamped With Job Offers

By Phillip Miller


Everyone knows that medical residents are extremely busy absorbing all the clinical skills they need to become practicing physicians.


A new survey suggests they also spend a considerable amount of time processing the flood of job solicitations that come their way.


Merritt Hawkins’ 2017 Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents tracks the career plans and expectations of 926 physicians in their final year of residency training. Seventy percent indicated they received 50 or more job solicitations during their training, while 50 percent received 100 or more job solicitations.


That is the highest number of residents indicating they received 100 or more job feelers since Merritt Hawkins began conducting the survey in 1995. Job solicitations came in the form of phone calls, emails, and direct mail from recruiters at hospitals, medical groups and physician recruiting firms.


The survey is one more signal that the nation is facing a physician deficit, projected by the Association of American Medical Colleges to reach up to 104,000 doctors by 2030.


The survey also examines when residents begin a serious job search, what type of communities they would prefer to practice in, their salary expectations and other data of interest to those who follow physician recruiting and physician workforce issues.


This infographic illustrates key findings of the survey, and a complete copy of the 26-page survey report is available by emailing me here.

 




Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, companies of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS).  



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Posted by at 9/18/2017 7:20:49 AM
Care Redesign: Leveraging Team-based Care Models for Behavioral Health and Social Needs

In Healthcare, Teamwork Makes the Dream Work


Care Redesign: Leveraging Team-based Care Models for Behavioral Health and Social Needs

By Doug Bennett, contributor


Of the many changes envisioned as part of the evolution toward patient-centered primary care models, perhaps none offers more promise for improved outcomes and reduced costs than team-based care delivery.


Team-based care is defined by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) as “…the provision of health services to individuals, families, and/or their communities by at least two health providers who work collaboratively with patients and their caregivers—to the extent preferred by each patient—to accomplish shared goals within and across settings to achieve coordinated, high quality care.”


Bifurcation of care impedes outcomes and increases costs


It is increasingly recognized that a small subset of individuals account for the majority of health care spending. These individuals often grapple with multiple medical, behavioral health and social challenges, which can result in costly—and often ineffective—interactions with the health care system. Research shows that patients who have high levels of emergency department and hospital use often have had life experiences that directly impact how they interact with health care providers, e.g., early-life trauma or family instability.


Yet patients struggling with complex physical and behavioral health needs, such as substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia generally require more in-depth and continuous treatment models than the fragmented type of care available in most primary care settings.


The strong influence of economic and social factors—such as income, education level, social connectedness, housing or employment status, and reliable access to food—among these high-cost patient populations is widely acknowledged among physicians and other health care practitioners. However, very little has been done until recently to ensure that these patients—sometimes referred to as “super utilizers”—receive the appropriate social and preventive health services they need, as opposed to more expensive, and often less effective, hospital-based services.


Team-based care to the rescue


New approaches encourage the simultaneous treatment of psychiatric conditions, such as depression or anxiety, and medical conditions such as diabetes or COPD, using coordinated teams of primary care and behavioral health providers. The team-based care model is aimed at preventing situations in which the treatment of one chronic condition lessens the effectiveness of the treatment of another.


Some collaborative or team care models strategically use psychiatrists to provide consultations to primary care providers, focusing on patients who have more serious forms of mental illness and are stalled on making progress. A review of 79 research trials documented that this approach significantly improves anxiety and depression outcomes, compared with standard primary care models. This approach is designed to prevent cases in which one poorly controlled chronic condition reduces the effectiveness of the treatment of another condition.


The integration of behavioral health and substance abuse services is still relatively rare because there is little or no administrative or financial incentive to bring together standalone primary care operations. Separate provider networks, record-keeping requirements, billing and coding practices and medical training—all pose a hindrance to better integration of behavioral health and medical services for patients.


Despite these historic obstacles to care redesign, progress in integrating behavioral health and primary care models is occurring. Surveys have revealed that close to 80 percent of primary care providers who have integrated behavioral health services into their medical practices have relied on grants and/or funded the initiatives themselves. Other pioneers adopting this patient outcomes-oriented approach have taken advantage of Medicare and Medicaid demonstration projects and waivers that allow them to accept payments for providing both types of services.


Some health systems, like Boston Medical Center, have already decided to foot the bill for adding patient navigators, social workers and psychiatric nurse practitioners into their family medicine practices on a trial basis. Their rationale is that the up front investment eventually will help them succeed in acquiring future value-based contracts, or to become an accountable care organization, which can accrue savings from improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.


Don’t stand on the sidelines any longer. Become a physician who plays an active role in shaping the future of health care delivery and patient outcomes. Take time to browse through the Merritt Hawkins jobs database, which features physician openings of every type and stripe, in a variety of places and work settings. Then, contact one of our professional recruiters today to discuss next steps.

 





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Posted by at 9/7/2017 1:34:58 PM
Survey: 42% of Physicians Strongly Support a Single Payer Healthcare System, 35% are Strongly Opposed

Here are Four Reasons Why


Survey: 42% of Physicians Strongly Support a Single Payer Healthcare System, 35% are Strongly Opposed

By Phillip Miller


A plurality of physicians strongly support a single payer healthcare system, according to a new survey by Merritt Hawkins.


The survey of 1,033 physicians indicates that 42 percent strongly support a single payer health care system while 14 percent are somewhat supportive. Over one-third (35 percent) strongly oppose a single payer system while six percent are somewhat against it. The remaining three percent neither support nor oppose single payer. This infographic shows results of the survey.


The results contrast with a national survey of physicians Merritt Hawkins conducted in 2008, which indicated that 58 percent of physicians opposed single payer at that time while 42 percent supported it.


In Merritt Hawkins’ experience, there are four reasons why a growing number of physicians are in favor of single payer. First, they are seeking clarity and stability. The fits and starts of health reform and the growing complexity of our current hybrid system are a daily strain on most doctors. Many of them believe that a single payer healthcare system will reduce the distractions and allow them to focus on what they have paid a high price to do: care for patients.


Second, it’s a generational issue. The various surveys that Merritt Hawkins has conducted for The Physicians Foundation in the past show that younger doctors are more accepting of Obamacare, ACOs, EHR, and change in general than are older physicians As the new generation of physicians comes up, there is less resistance among doctors to single payer.


Third, there is a feeling of resignation rather than enthusiasm among some physicians about single payer. These physicians believe we are drifting toward single payer and would just as soon get it over with. The 14% of physicians surveyed who said they "somewhat" support single payer are probably in this group.


Fourth, there is a philosophical change among physicians that I think the public and political leaders on both sides of the aisle now share, which is that we should make an effort to cover as many people as possible.


However, while single payer has gained acceptance among some physicians, it remains strongly opposed by over one third and strongly or somewhat opposed by over 40 percent. It is still a polarizing issue among physicians and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. I welcome any reader comments about the survey and would like to hear what others have to say about a single payer healthcare system.


Phillip Miller is Vice President of Corporate Communications for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, Companies of AMN Healthcare. He can be reached here.





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Posted by at 8/14/2017 11:41:58 AM
National Health Center Week: Time to Celebrate a Healthcare Success Story

Merritt Hawkins is proud to be a long-time supporter of FQHCs


National Health Center Week: Time to Celebrate a Healthcare Success Story

 By Travis Singleton

Merritt Hawkins is proud to be a long-time supporter of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and to be the sole preferred partner for permanent physician search of the National Association of Community Health Center’s Value in Staffing Program.


By partnering with FQHCs around the country, we have the privilege of seeing first-hand how pivotal health centers are to the well-being of millions of traditionally underserved patients nationwide. Enjoying widespread support from both ends of the political spectrum, FQHCs have expanded to approximately 9,000 sites of service and offer primary care, mental health and dental services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.


At a time when the healthcare system is facing serious challenges, FQHCs are an unqualified success story, providing quality, affordable, and accessible care to over 24 million patients a year. Through the skills and compassion of a growing number of mission-driven physicians, advanced practitioners and other professionals, FQHCs offer the right care model at the right time.


Merritt Hawkins and our sister company, Staff Care (both companies of AMN Healthcare) are supporting National Health Center Week (August 14-20) with a $30,000 Bronze Level Sponsorship. Our representatives also will be personally attending National Health Center Week celebrations at six healthcare centers, including:


  1. Northeast Valley Health 
  2. Sunset Life 
  3. Metro Community Provider Network 
  4. Great Lakes Bay Health Center 
  5. Central Virginia Health Services
  6. Mountain Comprehensive Health

 


Merritt Hawkins’ executives will present a plaque to each of the health centers recognizing their commitment to community health and will speak on the central role FQHCs play in providing quality, affordable care to medically underserved populations.


As part of our ongoing support for FQHCs, Merritt Hawkins has developed a white board video illustrating both the key role FQHCs play in today’s health system and how Merritt Hawkins partners with FQHCs nationwide on physician and advanced practitioner recruiting efforts.


Merritt Hawkins also supports FQHCs year-round with thought leadership resources, including white papers and speaking presentations, and with our unique-to-the-industry Pro Bono Physician Search Program for FQHCs. I would be happy to share a copy of our most recent white paper, entitled Topic Guide for FQHCs: Physician Recruiting and Retention, to readers who may find it useful. Please contact me here and have a great National Health Center Week!




Travis Singleton is senior vice president of Merritt Hawkins, a company of AMN Healthcare. He can be reached here.



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Posted by at 8/14/2017 8:21:06 AM
24th Annual Physician Recruiting Incentive Report Offers National Benchmark Data, Market Analysis

2017 Physician Incentive Review Now Available


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By Travis Singleton


It’s an annual occurrence that has become a key point on the calendar for healthcare executives, recruiters, media members, doctors and others who follow physician recruitng trends.


I refer to the release of Merritt Hawkins’ Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives, the longest running and most comprehensive examination of the starting salaries, signing bonuses and other perks and benefits used to recruit physicians today.


Merritt Hawkins’ 2017 Review has just been completed and includes data generated by the 3,287 physician and advanced practitioner recruiting assignments Merritt Hawkins and its sister companies conducted from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.


For the 11th consecutive year, the Review indicates that family doctors top the list of the most highly recruited physicians in the United States, followed by psychiatrists, internists, obstetrician/gynecologists, and hospitalists. The average starting salary for family physicians is $231,000, according to the 2017 Review, up from $198,000 in 2015, an increase of 17%. The average starting salary for psychiatrists is $263,000, according to the Review, up from $226,000 two years ago, while the average starting salary for general internists is $257,000, up from $207,000 two years ago.


In addition to data on physician starting salaries and other incentives, the Review includes an in-depth analysis of the demographic, economic and legislative trends shaping the physician recruiting market today. It is an indispensable resource for those seeking to craft competitive physician recruiting incentive packages and for those seeking insights into today’s physician market dynamics. A breakdown of key findings of the survey offers a quick look at some of the data included in the 2017 Review. Those who would like a complete copy of the 46-page Review are welcome to email me here.  


Travis Singleton 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 8/14/2017 7:55:11 AM
How Should Physicians Plan for Retirement?

How Physicians Can Plan for Their Financial Future


How Should Physicians Plan for Retirement


Physicians are often perceived as being more financially comfortable than the population at large, but the truth is many doctors fall short when it comes to saving for retirement. According to a recent Fidelity Investments analysis, nearly half of physicians surveyed are saving less than the recommended savings rate of 15%, averaging only 9%.


Why physicians are behind


Although physicians earn $300,000 annually on average, they tend to fall behind in saving for retirement for three key reasons: extremely high student debt loads (averaging $176,000); expensive practice-related costs; and confusion as to how to plan and navigate a viable path to ensure their financial future.


Perhaps the biggest reason why so many physicians are behind in planning for their own retirement is because doctors don’t take full advantage of retirement savings opportunities available through their employers, e.g., maxing out contributions to a qualified workplace plan, such as a 403(b).


Another problem is that many older and mid-career physicians have a mix of investments that are not aged-based. Almost 40% of pre-retirees are very aggressive in their equity allocation, making their savings much more susceptible to market fluctuations. At the same time, one-third of physicians in their 40’s are too conservatively allocated, limiting their potential for growth.


A prescription to improve your financial health


Physician retirement planning can be a tricky proposition because doctors tend to get a late start working and saving for retirement, thereby limiting the power of compound investment growth, which can have a tremendous impact on retirement accounts. The good news is that many employers now provide financial education programs and other related tools to help physicians manage their wealth and plan for retirement.


Physicians should routinely avail themselves of these services and conduct periodic checkups to ensure their financial planning and related efforts are yielding the desired results. Here are a few tips and pointers to help you stay on track: 

 

  • Seek professional financial guidance and a retirement plan checkup at least twice each year 
  • Revisit savings rates and adjust as necessary 
  • Ensure that your equity allocation is age appropriate 
  • Maximize contributions to qualified retirement plans such as a 401(k) or 403(b) 
  • Take advantage of opportunities to save in vehicles such as a non-qualified 457(b) plan, which allow highly compensated employees to defer an additional portion of their compensation and related taxes until retirement 
  • Maximize contributions to individual retirement accounts (IRAs), including Roth IRAs, and tax-deferred annuities and brokerage accounts

 


We hope this guidance will help you navigate successfully through the personal finance issues that doctors often encounter when planning for retirement.


Take advantage of Merritt Hawkins’ unparalleled staffing resources and over 20 years of experience recruiting and placing physicians. Jump-start your progress toward a financially secure retirement by calling today and speaking with one of our professional placement specialists.






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Posted by at 8/9/2017 12:27:59 PM
What Makes a Good Doctor?

Qualities patients expect in their physicians


What Makes a Good Doctor?


Competency, communication, compassion, confidentiality and convenience—“the five C’s”—are the most desirable qualities patients expect when seeking care from physicians, nurses, advanced practitioners and allied health professionals.


Convenience


No one likes to wait a long time for an appointment or to travel a long distance when in need of medical attention. It is the one time in life when time feels most precious. But recent studies show the average waiting time to see a physician in major U.S. cities is now 24 days. Because of this, patients increasingly expect physicians to offer early morning, late afternoon, evening, and weekend hours. They also expect brief wait times and more immediate access to physicians or advanced practitioners who utilize options like telemedicine. Some patients, particularly the elderly and disabled, are demanding the convenience of physicians who make house calls—an old school approach that has experienced a comeback in recent years. Trying to accommodate patients by offering more convenient access is one way to become a better doctor.


Confidentiality


With so much emphasis in recent years placed on ensuring the privacy and security of patient medical records, confidentiality might seem like a given. But not all physicians or other healthcare professionals remain vigilant about protecting the confidentiality of their patients’ data and information. Compliance with current HIPAA and other regulatory guidelines is crucial for all health workers.


One way to keep up with current best practices is to routinely check https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html for the latest trends in patient data security and confidentiality. Keep in mind that failure to comply with ongoing changes to health information privacy policy can result in legal action, so it is paramount to stay on top of developments in this area. If you do nothing else, be certain to keep patient medical records secure and never discuss patient medical information with non-essential personnel.


Compassion


Perhaps the most difficult yet most important time in a physician’s career is when it becomes necessary to convey a terminal diagnosis to a patient. Patients need compassion; however, compassion doesn’t always come naturally to physicians who must share bad news. The good news is that compassion can be learned. Research shows that physicians who participate in programs that practice experiential learning skills—such as role modeling—were more humane and compassionate with their patients than physicians who did not participate. Again, compassion can be learned, and it is a crucial characteristic of a good doctor.


Communication


Patience is the key to good meaningful communication with patients. Patients immediately sense when a doctor is in a hurry or isn’t willing to spend time explaining complex medical concepts in a clear, cogent way. Studies show that patients who rate their physicians low on communication skills and bedside manner are more likely to switch to another physician. Patients also can confuse a physician’s poor communication skills with incompetence, which is often not the case.


It is incumbent upon physicians to slow down and take a little extra time to ensure patients and their families fully comprehend the information being shared, and to reassure patients that their concerns or fears are being heard and taken into consideration. A physician who possesses good communication skills can improve health outcomes for patients. Studies demonstrate that the quality of communication occurring during history-taking and the initial evaluation, as well as when treatment plans are conveyed, all directly influence patient outcomes.


Competency


Patients rightfully expect their physicians to make correct diagnoses, select the best treatment approach, perform any necessary procedures and follow up after treatment. So, what can physicians do to sustain consistent high levels of competency? It helps to ask at least once each day—and certainly before each patient interaction—“What can I do to be a better doctor?” This ritual helps reframe your thinking so you remember to approach each case with a fully open mind, thereby reducing the risk of making an incorrect diagnosis based on assumptions or preliminary diagnoses made by other staff or the patients themselves.


Become the best doctor you can become by taking advantage of Merritt Hawkins’ unparalleled healthcare staffing resources. We offer over 20 years of experience recruiting and placing physicians in rewarding career positions. Please browse through our extensive online jobs database and call today to speak with one of our professional placement specialists.






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Posted by at 8/7/2017 11:31:36 AM
Medical Specialty Spotlight on Family Medicine

Family Medicine Trends and Physician Salaries



 

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 Family Medicine.



  Number of active family medicine physicians: 107,937  
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 1st  
  Percentage of active family medicine physicians that are 55 or older: 38%  
  Average starting family medicine physician salary: $231,000  


Family Medicine Trends

  • For the eleventh consecutive year, family physicians topped the list of Merritt Hawkins’ 20 most requested recruiting assignments, underscoring the continued urgent demand for primary care physicians in an evolving healthcare system.
  • Because the health system now is primary care-led, demand for family physicians and other primary care physicians is likely to remain strong.
  • Average starting salaries for family medicine physicians as tracked by Merritt Hawkins’ Review exceeded $200,000 for the first time in 2016, climbing to $225,000 from $199,000 in 2015. The average in the 2017 Review further increased to $231,000.

We invite you to search our nationwide permanent family medicine 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 7/24/2017 12:34:18 PM
Merritt Hawkins In the News Q2 Review

Physician Salaries, Health Care in America, 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 April 2017 - June 2017 referencing Merritt Hawkins.


 






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Posted by at 7/17/2017 2:23:35 PM
Why Physicians Should Get an MBA

The Case for Business School for the Physician


Why Physicians Should Get an MBA


With implementation of the Affordable Care Act underway and managed care organizations growing increasingly complex, some of the greatest challenges in healthcare today are business related. In response to this trend, more and more physicians in training—as well as an increasing number of practicing physicians—are choosing to round out their knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a business degree.


What you don’t know can hurt you


Let’s face it, most newly minted M.D.s don’t understand how a hospital or clinical practice makes money, how to manage people, how to make or interpret financial models, or much less how to lead a large complex organization. Earning an M.B.A. provides physicians with a solid leadership foundation to build upon, and the practical toolset necessary to address many of the looming challenges facing healthcare today.


According to the Association of M.D./M.B.A. Programs, the number of joint M.D./M.B.A. programs in the U.S. has grown from six to 65 in 20 years—increasing by 25 percent between 2011 and 2012 alone. In part, this is because earning an M.B.A. provides a new physician with more immediate clout in decision-making scenarios in hospitals and large clinical practices. An M.B.A. can also help more senior physicians prepare to transition into leadership or management roles if, and when, they decide to throttle back on practicing clinical medicine.


Meet the new boss—NOT the same as the old boss


A 2001 study showed that students from six M.D./M.B.A. programs possessed a higher tolerance for ambiguity and a greater capacity for handling uncertainty than traditional M.D. students. These characteristics are often associated with leadership ability. This means that physicians with dual degrees have a unique competitive edge in the lucrative hospital administration field in which top leaders have traditionally held M.B.A.s. A study in 2011 found that hospitals employing physicians as CEOs outperformed those with non-medical leadership.


As medicine becomes more of a business, it is essential for physicians to develop a good framework for understanding the ever-changing drivers that can affect them, including insurance reimbursement, budgeting and financial modeling, IT security, marketing strategies and healthcare law, to name just a few. M.B.A. programs can also help physicians learn how to communicate more persuasively and effectively with other decision-makers, including board members and potential investors.


The additional knowledge and skills gained from a healthcare M.B.A. or traditional M.B.A. can go a long way toward helping physicians navigate through an increasingly complex healthcare landscape, while also grooming them to become highly effective leaders. When coupled with an M.D. , an M.B.A. can really set you apart and help pave the way for an eventual foray into leadership roles.


Let Merritt Hawkins’ professional recruiters help you find the perfect physician job today. Simply take a moment to complete our short form and we’ll take it from there. One of our highly experienced recruiters will be in touch to help you find physician or other healthcare opportunities.






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How to Develop Collaborative Relationships with Hospital Leaders

Physicians & Administrators: Collaboration is Key


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Physicians and hospital administrators don’t always have perfect relationships. With all the demands placed on them in today’s healthcare environment, it’s easy for physicians to get distracted and lose sight of what matters most to administrators—and vice versa.


Plus, the two groups tend to have different areas of focus. Physicians are focused on taking care of patients, while administrators are more focused on the operational aspects of running the business.


Despite their different roles, it’s critical that physicians and leaders build a partnership based on mutual trust. Collaboration and trust are key, according to guidelines released by the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association in 2015. The joint document, entitled “The Principles of Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems,” points out that clinicians and hospital leaders must be able to trust each other’s abilities and intentions.


Hospital executives and physicians can have good working relationships if they put the right kind of effort into working together. Here are four ways that physicians can do their part:


1. Build open channels of communication.


Do you speak regularly with the administrators and leaders in your organization? If not, now’s the time to work on that goal. Even if you are new to the hospital, it’s important to talk about how you can work together and make sure you understand each other’s concerns. And ask if you can schedule regular times to check in. Use whatever channels of communication work best for both of you—the phone, email, impromptu meetings, etc.—to maximize the opportunity.


2. Be clear about what you need to do your job well.


As a provider, you know better than anyone what you need to deliver excellent patient care. Do you need additional opportunities for continuing education for yourself or your staff? Does the current staffing set-up make sense? Are there problems with the electronic medical record system you’re using? These are the sorts of things that you want to discuss with administrators to make sure you’re able to be the best care provider you can be.


3. Get involved in the decision-making process.


A great way to make sure that you and the administration are on the same page is to get involved—or get other physicians involved—in the decision-making process in your organization or health system. You can contribute input from the perspective of a physician in the strategic planning process, or other boards or committees that make decisions. And you’ll get a chance to learn more about the perspectives and concerns of others in the organization.


4. Invite hospital leaders to join you.


When was the last time anyone from the C-suite or board of directors joined you on rounds or visited you on a unit? If you can’t remember, or if the answer is “never,” it’s time to invite your leadership to join you. A growing number of healthcare organizations have embraced this opportunity for hospital leaders to get up close and personal with their physicians, nurses and other staff.


It will take time to build a good relationship between physician and administrators, but it’s worth the effort. Research shows that patient care benefits from good relationships between physicians and management.






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How to Be a Change Agent for Your Practice’s Culture

Physicians, Here's How to be an Influencer


How to Be a Change Agent for Your Practice’s Culture

By Doug Bennett, Contributing Writer


Any proposed changes to an organization’s existing culture inevitably conjure the “10/80/10” rule, which states that 10% of employees will actively embrace the change, 80% will be neutral or “fence sitters” and 10% will actively resist or fight the change. This is not surprising because it’s human nature to view change as either an opportunity or a threat, and people respond to change in many different ways: personally, professionally, socially, etc.


Most physician practices and other health organizations have employees who are either naturally skilled at serving as a catalyst for change or who have been explicitly charged with bringing about organizational change, i.e., change agents.


So how do you go about becoming a beneficial change agent in your own practice or health organization?


  • Question the organization’s current structure, policies and culture in a constructive manner. This first step should include interviewing colleagues and managers to develop a sense of where they stand with regard to the practice’s existing cultural norms and any proposed changes to status quo. 

  • Be certain to accurately capture in writing what you hear and try to quantify any opinions to the extent possible, e.g., “six out of ten practice employees strongly favor a four-day work week.” Good solid data will help you build a stronger case for change.

  • Build a coalition early on by identifying key decision makers, leaders, experts and others—both inside and outside of your organization—who are supportive of any proposed change processes. Acquiring the support and involvement of others upfront is the very foundation for successfully implementing changes to a medical practice’s culture.

  • Attend seminars and conferences to learn about the latest change management techniques. This will help you avoid common pitfalls and save precious time.

  • Read academic medicine journals to find out which best management practices (BMP’s) other clinical practices or health systems are implementing. There is no better indicator of what to do and what not to do than sizing up the competition to benefit from their lessons already learned.

  • Schedule routine meetings with colleagues, managers and advisory boards to discuss strategies for implementing necessary and appropriate changes in your practice.

  • Create constructive feedback loops to ensure all stakeholders have a voice and are heard. Be certain to acknowledge all opinions—even radical or unpopular ones that aren’t likely to get traction. It’s important for all employees of the practice or organization to feel invested and that their thoughts and opinions have value and are being taken into consideration.

Serving as a change agent enables physicians to share their valuable perspective and play a direct role in positively shaping and transforming the culture in their medical practice, hospital or health system. Merritt Hawkins’ recruiters are ready to share their own extensive experience with placing physicians in rewarding temporary or career positions. Browse through our extensive jobs database and reach out to one of our professional recruiters today.






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Posted by at 7/6/2017 8:25:34 AM
Physicians, How to Accept the Offer

You've Got the Job Offer, Now What?


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By Doug Bennett, Contributing Writer


When evaluating offers of employment, it can pay to follow the old carpenter’s advice: measure twice, cut once. Taking a little extra time at this juncture of the hiring process to clarify and confirm the terms and conditions of employment will help ensure the job is a good fit. It will also decrease your chances of having to repeat the whole process again sooner rather than later.


Get it in writing.


Most formal employment offers and contracts are provided in a memo signed by someone who is authorized to hire. If your offer is conveyed informally, say via phone or email, it’s important to request a signed copy of the offer and all related terms and conditions in writing. Only after you receive the full offer in writing can you properly evaluate the details to ensure they are consistent with your own understanding.


Haste makes waste.


After what can often be—especially for physicians—a long and tedious recruitment process, it’s important not to respond immediately once a formal offer is in hand. This is really the time to play it cool, carefully assess what is being offered and get answers to any outstanding questions that might remain from earlier steps in the process. After a potential employer puts their cards on the table by extending a formal offer of employment, it’s also important to recognize that you now have some leverage in the negotiation phase.


Show gratitude.


Upon receiving a written offer of employment, the first thing to do is express gratitude to the person(s) who made the offer. A brief email is generally considered acceptable at this stage, but it never hurts to send a handwritten note or to make a phone call. Keep it succinct, such as “Thank you very much for extending an offer of employment. I’m excited about the opportunity and would like to take time to evaluate the terms and conditions of your offer. I will be back in touch very soon.” This step acknowledges that you received the offer, expresses your continued interest and enthusiasm and keeps the door open for follow-up questions and negotiation.


Reiterate your understanding and get it in writing—again!


After you negotiate salary and benefits and receive answers to any outstanding questions, it’s crucial to recap what was agreed upon in a written acceptance memo. This is your opportunity to explicitly state your understanding of any terms and conditions not outlined in the offer letter, as well as any adjustments to the original terms negotiated in follow-up meetings. It’s important to be as specific and accurate as possible at this juncture because any errors or misunderstandings will only come back to haunt you. The acceptance memo also presents an opportunity to inquire about next steps. For example: What does the on-boarding process entail? Is there an orientation program for new employees? What should you expect on the first day?


Merritt Hawkins professional recruiters are well informed about the latest emerging trends in physician hiring and employment. Please browse through our extensive online jobs database and reach out to one of our top-notch recruiters to learn more.






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Posted by at 6/21/2017 10:42:50 AM
How to Build a Professional Network — and Why You Should Start Now

Networking is Crucial for Physicians


How to Build a Professional Network

The mere mention of “networking” can conjure cringe-worthy images of rubbing elbows in forced social situations, or climbing the 1980s-era corporate ladder. But learning how to network effectively just might be the most powerful tool physicians can command to advance their professional careers. With career dissatisfaction and burnout among physicians on the rise (see the Merritt Hawkins 2016 Survey of America’s Physicians), it’s time to reconsider the value of actively building and sustaining robust professional networks.


Stay current to stay relevant


Healthcare is evolving at a rapid pace, and traditional approaches to practicing medicine are continually being re-examined, reformulated and replaced. Maintaining a professional network with colleagues who stay informed about the latest challenges, trends and best practices can keep your own skills and knowledge from stagnating. You can keep up with emerging areas of inquiry, new specialty fields and job opportunities by staying in touch with a variety of physicians in different work environments.


Help shape modern medicine


Physicians who interact routinely with other physicians are better positioned to develop a “big picture” view of the daily challenges that arise in healthcare. The insight and perspective gained through professional networks can help physicians identify new ways to address old, familiar problems. A broader, informed perspective can also facilitate serving in leadership roles that may help shape medical research priorities or determine healthcare standards and practices ripe for revision.


Don’t confuse social media with networking


In the era of social media, more traditional approaches to networking often get short shrift. Although Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook each serve a purpose—including keeping up with healthcare news and career opportunities—never mistake them as substitutes for good old-fashioned conversation and personal interaction.


10 tips to network more efficiently


Yes, networking can take some time, but here are 10 tips to help you build and expand your professional network in the most efficient and effective ways possible:

 

  1. Before anything else, determine your professional goal(s) and how you can help others. This might sound counterintuitive, but only if you are genuine about helping others will they want to help you in return.  
  2. Identify people who are likely to have the connections and knowledge to help you reach your goals. Start with those you know and expand outward from there. 
  3. Amplify your physician job opportunities by staying in close touch with your placement specialist. The team at Merritt Hawkins is in daily contact with top health systems, clinics and practices across the country.
  4. Prepare your elevator pitch. Keep practicing until you can convey who you are and your professional goals in less than 30 seconds. 
  5. Join professional groups and associations and take advantage of their physician networking opportunities by regularly attending meetings and conferences. 
  6. When meeting a new, professional contact, get to know the person a little and start by asking for information—not a job. 
  7. Participate in online discussions and forums to make new contacts you can meet later in person at conferences/networking events. 
  8. When you use social media for networking, give extra consideration to what you post and how you are represented online. Based on the American Medical Association’s policy statements, the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards have social media guidelines you can reference
  9. Stay in contact with former colleagues and employers. Schedule 5-10 minutes each day for a call; slow and steady relationship building is the foundation of good professional networking. 
  10. Follow up after you make a new contact. Business cards can help ensure that new professional contacts have your information, but nothing beats sending a text, email, or even a handwritten note to demonstrate your appreciation and interest.

 


There are many reasons why cultivating a professional network is important for physicians. Ultimately, expanding the depth and variety of your professional relationships helps you become better at what you do, and can translate into an abundance of new—and often unexpected—professional opportunities.

 





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Posted by at 5/31/2017 8:47:34 AM
Physicians Not On Board With The AHCA

Physician Survey on the AHCA

By Phil Miller


Physicians Not On Board With The AHCA

Historically, physicians have rarely been supportive of government sponsored legislation intended to shape how healthcare is delivered in the United States.


According to a new survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins, this lack of support extends to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – at least to the version recently passed by the House.


The survey of 1,112 physicians indicates that 66% of physicians have a negative impression of the AHCA, only 26% have a positive impression, and seven percent are neutral.


In a 2016 survey of 17,236 physicians that Merritt Hawkins conducted on behalf of The Physicians Foundation, 23% of physicians gave the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a positive grade of A or B, 28% gave it an average grade of C, while 48% gave it a negative grade of D or F. The AHCA, now being considered by the Senate, gets an even higher negative rating, according to the new Merritt Hawkins survey. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed have a strongly negative impression of the bill, 8% have a somewhat negative impression, while relatively few (7%) are neutral.


The survey has an error rate of +/- 2.87% as determined by experts in statistical response at the University of Tennessee and echoes statements from the American Medical Association and other physician groups that have come out against the bill. Read what Forbes had to say regarding the survey here.


I would welcome any comments others may have about the ACHA and about how the healthcare system can or should be reformed.


Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare. He can be reached here .





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Carry the Load with Merritt Hawkins on Memorial Day Weekend
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"Carry the Load" - Bring Back Meaning to Memorial Day


 

Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare will proudly be participating in “Carry the Load” this Memorial Day Weekend once again. Carry The Load is an excellent opportunity for Americans to remember and honor the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters, and rescue personnel.


Here are two stories from Merritt Hawkins team members regarding the program.


“The Carry the Load program is awesome because it is ran by two former navy seals who aren’t looking to personally profit from the program. They do an excellent job of not only honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for others but also celebrating their lives. These people were not just soldiers or just firefighters they were real human beings with families.” – Tom Hudgins 25 year army veteran and senior marketer at Merritt Hawkins.


“The annual 2-day event in Dallas this weekend is family oriented and very much an “Americana” experience. There will be tailgating, music, ice cream, flag ceremonies, food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, and inspirational speeches. And for those able to attend, If you march with us along Katy Trail, it will be a moving experience…there are banners with stories of fallen heroes. It is always heartfelt & sobering to walk in silence with the memories of family members and friends that have made the ultimate sacrifice. It also been a great opportunity to talk to the youngest generation of kids about being an American.


It’s a rare individual that takes the oath to serve this country, putting themselves in harm's way to protect the freedoms & ideals of our country. We in the civilian world sleep peacefully in our beds at night, but we can never really understand all the sacrifices they make, nor their selfless dedication to duty, ideals greater than self. My father served in the U.S. Army and I have a tremendous respect for these heroes. Carry the Load is a small way for me to honor the sacrifices made by our Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders.” – Terry Dickerson, son of veteran and senior search consultant at Merritt Hawkins.


The Dallas Memorial March is a 20-hour Memorial Day event honoring service members and their families for the sacrifices they make. You can join in the Memorial March at any time during the 20 hours and walk even for just a few minutes. You do not have to carry a weighted pack.


The event will take place May 28 – 29, starting at 4 p.m. Sunday May 29 and concluding at 12:16 p.m. Monday May 30. It will take place at Reverchon Park and on the Katy Trail in Dallas. Address: 3505 Maple Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219.


We invite you to join our team this Memorial Day Weekend or donate to this great cause.

 

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Medical Specialty Spotlight on Pediatrics

Pediatrics Trends and Physician Salaries


Medical Specialty Spotlight on Pediatrics

 

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 Pediatrics.



  Number of active pediatrics physicians: 64,223   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 10th  
  Percentage of active pediatrics physicians that are 55 or older: 38%  
  Average starting pediatrics physician salary: $224,000  


Pediatrics Trends

  • The supply of pediatrics physicians will be constrained both by the federal cap on GME spending and by an increasing number of physician retirements.
  • Pediatrics continues to be important to implementing the population health management model, due to the role they play in chronic disease management.

We invite you to search our nationwide permanent pediatrics 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 5/21/2017 10:57:39 AM
Medical Specialty Spotlight: Dermatology

Dermatology Trends and Physician Salaries


Medical Specialty Spotlight: Dermatology 

 

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 Dermatology.



  Number of active dermatology physicians: 12,677   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 11th  
  Percentage of active dermatology physicians that are 55 or older: 42%  
  Average starting dermatology physician salary: $444,000  


Dermatology Trends

  • Dermatologists remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • Average salary offers for Dermatology physicians increased by 12.7% in 2016, from $398,000 to $444,000.

We invite you to search our nationwide permanent dermatology 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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What to Know About The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

An Expedited Path to Physician Licenses


The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact offers an expedited pathway to licensure for physicians who want to practice in multiple states. There are now 19 states participating in the Compact, with others planning to do so. See the infographic below to learn more.


What to Know About The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact






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Posted by at 5/18/2017 8:55:07 AM
Top Apps for Physicians

Healthcare Apps that Physicians Should Consider Using

Top Apps for Physicians

Doug Bennett, Contributing Writer

 

A 2016 survey revealed that physicians dramatically increased their use of both electronic health records apps and mobile clinical apps in recent years. The number of physicians using mobile EHR apps increased from 50 percent in 2013 to 78 percent in 2016. A whopping 85 percent of physicians and physician practices now use mobile devices to do their jobs.


We’ve assembled a list (not exhaustive) of the top mobile applications used by physicians. These apps are transforming how medicine is practiced on a daily basis, so it pays to familiarize yourself with the ones that can benefit you most.


General medical and drug reference apps offer a quick way to look up or confirm medical facts and information while also enabling point-of-care diagnosis support. They are the most common and popular apps for physicians.


  • UpToDate enables physicians to answer clinical questions on the fly and features evidence-based recommendations, mobile-optimized calculators and a CME tracker.

  • Medscape includes formulary information on over 7,000 prescription, OTC and herbal drugs, a drug interaction checker and a dosage calculator.

  • DynamedPlus features disease and point-of-care information for over 3,400 different conditions, with new updates routinely added.

  • Epocrates is one of the most robust and highly regarded reference apps. It provides basic drug prescribing and safety information including side effects and interactions, dosage amounts, pharmaceutical manufacturer contact info, and tools for calculating patient data (e.g., BMI) and identifying pills.

  • Isabel is a diagnostic assistant app whose recommendations have been peer reviewed in various medical journals. A handy tool for physicians who want to double-check their diagnoses, Isabel includes over 6,000 medical condition presentations and offers a variety of ways to refine results based on symptoms, patient demographics and travel history.

  • Skyscape is another decision support tool for physicians, which features drug information, medical calculators, summaries of journal articles and evidence-based clinical information.

One of the most popular medical imaging apps is Figure 1 Medical Images, which enables physicians to view, comment on and share medical images with hundreds of thousands of other physicians. This app is helpful for diagnosing rare conditions and seeking feedback from other physicians who have encountered similar cases.


Several apps enable physicians to stay informed about the latest research developments and news in the medical field. These include Read by QxMD, NEJM This Week, MedPage Today and Medscape's MedPulse. These apps can generally be personalized based on specialty or areas of interest and they cover everything from FDA bulletins and clinical practice guidelines to proceedings from professional medical conferences.


Patient care and patient communication apps such as Virtual Practice for Doctors and MediBabble are transforming how physicians interact with patients both inside and outside of the office. These apps often feature remote patient monitoring and patient portals for communicating with patients, including live video chat.


Take advantage of Merritt Hawkins’ unparalleled staffing resources and over 20 years of experience recruiting and placing physicians. Browse through our extensive online jobs database and call today to speak with one of our professional placement specialists.






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Posted by at 5/17/2017 1:11:16 PM
Why Physicians Should Have Hobbies

Hobbies are Important for Physicians

Why Physicians Should Have Hobbies

Doug Bennett, Contributing Writer

 

Parkinson’s law says “work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” For busy physicians this can translate into spending precious downtime on secondary work-related tasks—like reading scholarly journal articles—instead of on more restorative activities, such as pursuing a favorite hobby or playing a sport. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to ignore this subtle blurring of the lines until the damage is already done.


Hobbies help you strike a healthy work-life balance


Constantly viewing the world through the lens of medicine can create a distorted perspective. When every waking moment revolves around practicing medicine, the inevitable negative interactions and outcomes that accompany the profession can begin to influence your overall mood and outlook. It’s important to recognize this slippery slope before you begin to slide down it.


Perhaps a long-term patient dies on the same day your pet research project generates a major breakthrough that will ultimately save thousands of lives. How do you reconcile that type of emotional disparity?


Pursuing hobbies and recreational endeavors outside of practicing medicine enables you to experience other forms of growth, development and success. In turn, this helps remind you that those inevitable negative events occurring at work must be kept in perspective and are not representative of the balance of your life.


Life doesn’t end at retirement


Hobbies help foster new social connections, which are a key component of happiness and having a meaningful life. This is especially true as we age. One day you will retire from being a physician, so it’s important to cultivate hobbies and interests outside of medicine that you can continue to pursue throughout your golden years. Meeting new people, sharing passions and forming new bonds throughout your working years helps form good habits and paves the way toward a more active and healthy retirement.


The bottom line


Life inevitably has its ups and downs, successes and failures, each and every day. The key is to be able to look back upon each day and see that, on balance, life’s events are mostly positive or successful. For physicians—who commonly deal with illness, crises and death—keeping this strategy top-of-mind and making a conscious effort to create opportunities for growth and success outside of practicing medicine can be a career saver, not to mention a lifesaver.


Always remember: you are more than a physician. You are a multifaceted person who deserves a healthy, joyful, balanced life. Get out now and start cultivating fun, enjoyable hobbies to foster a healthy work-life balance—the ultimate measure of success.


Merritt Hawkins professional recruiters are ready to help you find your next physician job. Take time to browse our robust jobs database, which features physician openings of every stripe, in a variety of places and work settings. Then, contact one of our expert recruiters to discuss next steps.






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Posted by at 5/16/2017 12:13:56 PM
The Rise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Healthcare and Technology Trends

The Rise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Doug Bennett, Contributing Writer

 

It appears the imagined future in the 1966 film classic Fantastic Voyage has finally become reality. Virtual reality (VR)—a computer-enabled technology that simulates 3D interactive virtual environments—is rapidly emerging as a real game changer in healthcare, where the technology is particularly well suited for quick adoption.


In specialties like neurosurgery, physicians are now able to “navigate” through the brain of a patient prior to surgery using a hyper-real digital simulation of the patient’s brain. This enables neurosurgeons to map out a 3D image of the brain’s structure, which facilitates navigating around tumors, aneurysms, blood vessels and delicate brain tissue during actual surgery.


A diverse range of applications


The range of applications for VR technology in healthcare is immense. In addition to surgery, VR is already being used in advanced medical training and education, to help plan for rehabilitation therapy or radiation therapy, and in the treatment of various addictions and phobias.


Robotic assisted surgery enables surgeons to better visualize the anatomy of the area being treated, thereby reducing medical errors. Other VR applications can facilitate distance diagnosis and remote treatment. In reconstructive surgery VR allows patients to see the potential outcome of any operation.


Non-life-threatening conditions such as agoraphobia and chronic acute anxiety are being investigated as good candidates for VR treatment. VR can even help new mothers prepare for the potential challenges that can arise with breastfeeding.


A revolution for medical training


VR systems enable medical trainees to experience realistic 3D medical emergency scenarios and acquire hands-on experience with complex medical procedures without also being subjected to the risk of making errors in a real world setting.


Just as commercial airline pilots train using sophisticated flight simulators, physician trainees can use VR technology to practice and hone their skills at their own pace. Training tasks can be monitored and tracked to ensure competency has been reached before allowing a trainee to operate on real patients, i.e., surgical skills assessment without the traditional risks. VR may enable reducing the number of cadavers needed by medical schools.


VR can also be used to train for handling mass casualty scenarios or accidents in unusual industrial settings, which require urgent and accurate triage responses.


Strong growth potential


Overall projected increases in healthcare spending are expected to drive further investment in VR, which helps reduce training costs and medical errors over time. VR is poised for continued growth across the healthcare industry in both the U.S. and emerging economies such as India and China, where rapidly expanding healthcare markets will fuel its adoption.


Recent projections indicate that the worldwide market for virtual reality in healthcare is slated to reach $3.8 billion dollars by 2020—a strong indicator for just how much demand for this innovative tool is expected to increase. With these projections, there will be an opportunity for new medical roles as well as career advancements.


Take advantage of Merritt Hawkins’ unparalleled healthcare staffing resources, with over 30 years of experience recruiting and placing physicians in rewarding career positions. Please browse through our extensive online jobs database or request a call today to speak with one of our professional recruiting specialists.





We invite you to search our nationwide permanent physician 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 5/4/2017 12:40:13 PM
Which States Have Tort Reform: Where to Practice?

What to Know About Tort Reform in the U.S.

Which States Have Tort Reform and Where to Practice?

Doug Bennett, Contributing Writer

 

A tort is either an omission or an act that harms or injures another person, i.e., a civil wrong. The tort system essentially requires that victims receive full compensation for proved harm—usually in the form of money—from those who are responsible or at fault for harming them. In the medical context, harm can include medical expenses, payment for pain and suffering, loss of income during recovery, loss of future income, and loss of one or more body parts.


Tort reform in the United States proposes changes to the civil justice system aimed at reducing both the ability of victims to litigate and the damages they can receive if they choose to litigate and do so successfully. It is a contentious political matter.


Advocates prefer imposing limits on the ability to file medical malpractice claims for personal injuries incurred while receiving care in order to address the perception that the current system distorts economic impacts in the way of overly generous—and sometimes downright frivolous—jury verdicts. Most proposed or existing tort reform laws are aimed at making it more difficult for injured people to file a lawsuit or obtain a jury trial, and at limiting the amount of money injured people can receive in a lawsuit.


Supporters of the existing tort system, including many consumer advocates, believe that tort reform measures are nothing more than disguised attempts to protect and benefit businesses (like hospitals, physician practices and health systems) that have injured innocent victims.


Regardless of where you stand on the matter, it’s important to become aware of the status of tort reform laws and measures in your current home state as well as other states where you might choose to live and practice medicine.


As of 2016, thirty-three states have imposed caps on any damages sustained in medical malpractice lawsuits: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


The caps vary from state to state, ranging from $250,000 per incident to as much as $2.25 million. The remaining states and the District of Columbia do not impose damage caps in medical negligence tort claims.


Tort reform measures are highly variable across the states, and state laws are always subject to annual changes, so please be certain to speak to an attorney or another legal authority in your area to ensure you have the latest information as you evaluate places to live and work.


Take advantage of Merritt Hawkins’ unparalleled healthcare staffing resources, with over 20 years of experience recruiting and placing physicians in rewarding career positions. Please browse through our extensive online jobs database and call today to speak with one of our professional placement specialists.





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Posted by at 4/27/2017 9:21:40 AM
Medical Specialty Spotlight on Neurology

Neurology Trends and Physician Salaries


Medical Specialty Spotlight: Neurology

 

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 Neurology.



  Number of active neurology physicians: 15,373   
  Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 7th  
  Percentage of active neurology physicians that are 55 or older: 50%  
  Average starting neurology physician salary: $285,000  


Neurology Trends

  • Neurology physicians remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • Average salary offers for neurology physicians increased by 3% in 2016, from $277,000 to $285,000.

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Posted by at 4/18/2017 11:27:34 AM
A Message on National Doctors' Day

We Need More Doctors

Happy Doctors Day 2017

By Phillip Miller

 

It’s appropriate on March 30 -- National Doctor’s Day -- to reflect on both the value physicians bring to society and how they are viewed from a public policy perspective.


Physicians in the U.S. handle an overwhelming 1.2 billion patient encounters a year in office, inpatient and emergency department settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They diagnosis illness, admit patients to the hospital, prescribe drugs, develop treatment plans, perform complex procedures, coordinate care – and save and enhance countless lives in the process. Despite the growing role of other types of clinicians, physicians remain at the core of health care delivery and are indispensable as diagnosticians, surgeons, team leaders and patient advocates.


They also play a central economic role within the communities in which they practice. Each primary care physician supports 14 jobs and generates $2.2 million in economic activity, according to a study conducted by IMS Health for the American Medical Association (AMA).


Nevertheless, some policy makers believe that physicians represent a cost to the healthcare system rather than an asset. Those who hold that view remain committed to limiting the supply of doctors. This perspective recently was reflected in an article posted by the Journal of the American Medical Association in which the authors contend that there is no physician shortage and that the number of physicians being trained in the U.S. should not be increased.


A contrary perspective from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) also was posted by JAMA, in which the authors present the AAMC’s new projection that the U.S. will face a deficit of up to 104,900 doctors by 2030 and that consequently the number of physicians being trained in the U.S. should be increased.


On virtually the same day that these articles were posted, Merritt Hawkins released its 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times indicating that the time it takes to schedule a new patient physician appointment in 15 major metro areas has increased by 30% since 2014 and now stands at an average of 24 days. In some metro areas the wait is much longer. In Boston, for example, the time to schedule a new patient appointment with a family medicine physician averages 109 days.


Nevertheless, in terms of actual policy, the perspective of those who believe that physician supply should be restricted prevails. Congress set a cap on the amount of funds spent on physician graduate medical education (GME) in 1997, and that cap remains in place, despite numerous bills submitted to Congress that would lift it. As a result, the number of new physicians being trained has increased only incrementally in the last 20 years while demand for medical services has rapidly accelerated.


As the nation’s leading physician search firm, Merritt Hawkins views physician supply and demand trends from what might be called the street level rather than the theoretical level. We understand how difficult it is to recruit physicians in today’s market, and we also are privileged to witness the profoundly beneficial effects physicians have on their patients and their communities. It is a pleasure on National Doctor’s Day to pay tribute to the remarkable, life-enhancing work that physicians do and to their unique skills, passion and commitment.


Physicians are a vital asset to the nation’s well-being and Merritt Hawkins is firmly in the camp of those who believe we should be training more of them. What messages would you like to convey about physicians on Doctor’s Day?


Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for 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 4/10/2017 8:40:27 AM
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 4/4/2017 2:03:41 PM
Five Tips Physicians Can Use to De-stress after a Hard Day's Work

How Physicians can Overcome Stress


How Physicians can Overcome Stress


For physicians, even the most normal days at work are like being in a pressure cooker. You run nonstop for 10 to 12 hours. Patients and colleagues demand constant attention. Vital patient care decisions must routinely be made in the absence of complete diagnostic information. And, the “professional detachment” technique taught in medical school only goes so far.


So, what can busy physicians do to de-stress after a hard day on the frontlines?


Take a 15-minute walk.


Perhaps the most tried and true way to reduce stress is to take a walk. Although walking along hallways or up and down stairs can still offer some benefit, the best strategy is to get outside and get moving for at least 15 minutes. This will enable you to clear your head, boost endorphins and, in turn, reduce stress hormones. And, if you’re able to immerse yourself in a natural setting, such as a park or a wooded trail, you can double the benefits. Being in a green or natural environment induces a meditative state known as “involuntary attention” which is when something holds our attention, yet also allows for simultaneous reflection.


Take deep belly breaths.


As physicians already know, controlled or “deep” breathing exercises can reduce blood pressure while also aiding physiological systems harmed by stress. In fact, recent research indicates that breathing exercises may be able to change the expression of some genes involved in how the body reacts to stress, as well as immune function, energy metabolism, and insulin secretion.


Visualize where you’d rather be.


If you can’t escape for a 15-minute walk, an alternative tactic is to simply visualize yourself in a more desirable setting or circumstance. The NIH already recognizes “guided imagery” as eliciting a relaxation response. The key here is to find a private, quiet space where you can close your eyes for a few uninterrupted minutes. Then, imagine yourself basking on a sun-drenched Caribbean beach, walking hand-in-hand through Paris with your partner, or slicing through powdery snow on the slopes in Lake Tahoe. You’ll be amazed how readily this technique can snap you out of a stressful state of mind.


Drop the electronic gadgets.


Computers, smartphones, televisions and gaming devices can enable hours of fun and pleasure, but they can also be major sources of stress, especially when used in the hours just before bedtime. Start by keeping TV’s and other electronic devices out of the bedroom. Another effective strategy is to schedule your use of electronic devices so they do not become omnipresent in your daily life. For instance, allow yourself 15 minutes to play a game on your smart phone, but only after you complete a chore.


Turn on some music.


Listening to your favorite music is a known stress reliever because it floods your brain with neurochemicals like dopamine. Classical music, in particular, has been proven to lower heart rate, decrease stress hormone levels and reduce blood pressure.


Merritt Hawkins has experienced professional recruiters on staff who can help take the stress out of the physician job search. Our recruiters can also provide practical tips and guidance to physicians as they adjust to new work settings or geographical locations. If you have questions, or would like more information, please request a call from one of our physician recruiters.




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Posted by at 3/20/2017 1:03:48 PM
How to Cultivate and Maintain Empathy as a Doctor

Fostering Empathy is a Critical Practice for Physicians


How to Cultivate and Maintain Empathy as a Doctor


One of the most valuable traits a physician can possess is capacity for empathy—defined by the Society for General Internal Medicine as "the act of correctly acknowledging the emotional state of another without experiencing that state oneself." Physicians who can empathize with patients can reduce frustration and anger and increase the likelihood of beneficial therapeutic outcomes.


Ironically, however, studies indicate that empathy starts to erode during medical school and continues to diminish after physicians enter the workforce. In part, this is because physicians are taught to maintain professional detachment in order to afford reliable care to all patients, regardless of personal feelings.


So how can physicians cultivate and maintain empathy?


Here are a few strategies physicians can employ to foster empathy and transform emotionally charged interactions with patients into constructive dialog.


Recognize your own emotions.


Evidence suggests that taking time to develop and practice self-awareness reduces errors, enhances decision-making and helps resolve conflict. Research shows that people readily correct negative appraisals or feedback once they are attuned to their own negative emotions.


Tune into the emotional subtext in a patient’s story.


Deliberately listening for a patient’s distinct emotional concerns, which might be obscured by words spoken or urgent clinical demands, is another useful strategy. Research shows that listening to the emotional meaning behind a patient’s words, as opposed to restricting attention to only the facts, creates more opportunities for physicians to cultivate and exercise empathy.


Pay attention to nonverbal communication.


Nonverbal cues and communication between patients and physicians can affect patient satisfaction and health outcomes. Physicians can demonstrate empathic behavior by adjusting their own gestures, vocal tone and pauses, and by being aware of interpersonal distance with patients. Studies suggest that the best way to learn these techniques is through role-modeling or formal communication skills training.


Learn to accept negative feedback.


Despite the prevailing medical culture, physicians must learn to accept a patient’s feedback, even when it is negative or accusatory. This enables patients to share more difficult feelings that might otherwise be suppressed during conflicts, while also providing physicians a gateway to empathy.


Ask an experienced clinician who is gifted in patient care to mentor you.


This can include analyzing recorded encounters between physicians and patients, as well as role-playing exercises. Also, check out The Balint Society—an organization present at many medical schools that consists of clinicians and teachers who emphasize the importance of emotion and personal understanding in the doctor-patient relationship.


Don’t skip taking medical histories.


In addition to revealing medical facts that might be helpful in diagnosing or treating patients, taking a medical history also creates an opening to cultivate a closer relationship with patients.


Building and maintaining empathy can yield many tangible rewards, including personal growth and career
satisfaction for physicians and improved health outcomes for patients. Remember to treat the whole person, not just the disease.


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Merritt Hawkins’ professional recruiters are here to help you find the perfect physician job. Please browse through our extensive jobs database and reach out to one of our recruiters today.




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Posted by at 3/10/2017 11:22:57 AM
Merritt Hawkins 2016 Year in Review

Merritt Hawkins 2016 Year in Review: A Historic Year


2016 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 1,039 placed healthcare professionals. We look forward to working with you to make an even larger impact in 2017!


 

 




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Posted by at 2/28/2017 12:30:58 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


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