Healthcare Matters

My Bionic Body:  Medical Technology and the Ethics of Fixing

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Fri, Sep 18, 2015


We have the technology.

Recent advances in the neuroscience of movement and my adoption of bionic technology to improve my own motor function has got me thinking about the ethics of disability. The reports coming out today are the stuff of science fiction--Two amputees can control their bionic prosthetic legs with their minds subconsciously; a video of Iron Man presenting a 7-year-old with a bionic arm went viral and has had over 20,000,000 views; a man with a prosthetic arm became the first person to feel sensation through his artificial fingers.

If you grew up in the 70s, you know the story of Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive.



Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.

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Tags: medical technology, Disability, Bionics, Christopher Reeve

Why on earth would I practice in a rural area??

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

You're a residency-trained ER physician and you see an terrific job post.  The annual salary is $325,000, plus a great benefits package and sign-on bonus.  You'll work just four days a week and receive eight weeks of PTO yearly. The problem? The job is in Rockland County, IL, population 7,000—the very definition of rural—and who wants to work in a place like that? lowville-horses-hay-windmills-tholmes-2010

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Changed my mind--don't let salary be the first thing you ask about

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Wed, May 06, 2015

Until recently, I refused to list compensation in an physician job ad, and I was disappointed when a candidate asked how much a job paid during the first 5 minutes of our initial phone interview.  Then a few years ago, after 15 years in physician practice leadership I became a little disillusioned by how many times I'd gotten my hopes up and thought we'd made an excellent match between the goals of the hospital and those of the doc, only to hear from the physician, "I'm sorry, I've just accepted a position at a dfferent practice.  Their starting salary and bonus are higher, high enough that it makes (the longer commute/higher call burden/smaller OR) worth it."  I even wrote a blog post about how I'd really rather you not waste my time and we just got the compensation conversation out of the way up front.  


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Tags: Physician Compensation

How to find physician jobs on a visa & why hospitals should hire you

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Do we need foreign-born physicians?FMG 2

I am convinced that our physician shortage is slightly more of a distribution problem than a production problem.  Having worked in hospital administration for a decade in a midsize university town 3 hours from New York, I was frustrated by this daily.  Physicians are begging for jobs in NYC and accepting positions that make it nearly impossible for them to manage their debt, even with a roomate.  The Graham Center for Policy in Family Medicine and Primary Care found that the United States has about 80 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, which includes an average of 68 primary care physicians for every 100,000 residents in rural areas and 84 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents in urban areas. This unequal distribution "implies that many areas have relative primary care shortages, especially rural communities and areas of measurable social deprivation."

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Tags: Physicians with Visas

5 Most Important Questions to ask During a Physician Interview

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Tue, Jan 27, 2015



physician_admin_handshake-resized-600Before I became a full-time physician recruiter in 20

12, I was in hospital management for 12 years as a medical group director, Hospitalist program manager and Medical Staff Development/Physician Services Director, a role in which I was responsible for over 60+ hospitals and practices across 7 counties in Central New York.  I've interviewed, made offers to, negotiated with and hired over 100 employed and private practice physicians in my career.  Most of those have been fantastic, long-term relationships where the providers and my organization have had shared goals and values, where we had established real trust. 

My personal style is very candid and tactfully direct.  Nothing makes someone more untrustworthy than discovering the real or complete story surreptitiously, especially when that story puts a very different spin on things you had previously agreed upon.  So, in my experience, it's better to get honest motivations out on the table sooner rather than later.

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Tags: Physician Job Search, Recruitment and Employment

Truth about the bias against hiring, a-hem, EXPERIENCED Physicians

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Sun, Jul 13, 2014

youngdoctorAge and the "Ideal" Physician

I get frustrated when my clients tell me that they are looking exclusively for physicians under the age of 50.  First of all, because that is a much smaller pool of practicing docs and it makes my job exponentially harder (only 1/3 of the 830,000 practicing physicians in the US are in their 40s, and they aren't at their most mobile, as these are prime family-rearing years); but mostly it's disappointing because the stance  perpetuates the fallacy that physicians are at their intellectual peak in their 40s, that somehow the quality of their care drops off precipitously once they hit 50.  I am not a physician, but I am firmly in my 40s and vehemently protest this notion.

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Tags: Physician Compensation, physician Shortage, Recruitment and Employment

Physicians: Read this Before Signing a Contract

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

It never seemed strange to me to instruct residents on how to successfully negotiate their employment contracts, even tough I though I new that I'd probably be negotiating with a few of them directly in a year or so; some of them we'd probably want to hire permanently after they finished.  

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Tags: Contract Negotiation

4 ways to not seem desperate during your job search

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Sun, Jun 08, 2014

I usually write about the physician job market, but these tips work for anyone who has been accused of coming on too strong.

desperate job search

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Tags: Physician Job Search

7 Things Physicians Need to Know About Finding a Job

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Mon, May 12, 2014

Confused physician

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Tags: Physician Job Search, Contract Negotiation, Recruitment and Employment

Physicians with Criminal Convictions: Can I still practice medicine?

Posted by Nadene Bradburn on Thu, Apr 17, 2014

physicians with criminal records

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Tags: physicians with criminal records, Physician Health and Rehabilitation