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Age 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 (about 1/3 of the 830,000 practicing physicians in the US are in their 40s--and aren't at their most mobile, as these are prime family-rearing ages), but also because it 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.
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.
Tags: Contract Negotiation
I usually write about the physician job market, but these tips work for anyone who has been accused of coming on too strong.
Tags: Physician Job Search
This blog entry is about why it is difficult to find breast surgeons outside metro areas and is not meant to help patients navigate the cancer care system in their community.
Most physicians with whom I work get anxious about the contracting process. Particularly with new physicians, there is concern that the contract they sign must be all-inclusive, that it must anticipate everything they will need for their entire tenure with the organization.
A MIT study released last week has everyone pretty excited. Researchers found that increasing Medicaid rolls in Oregon encouraged the newly-covered individuals to use costly Emergency Room services even more.
- Alcohol abuse costs the U.S. health care system $85.8 billion.
- The tab for cigarette smoking totals over $65 billion annually.
- Costs related to obesity now surpass $27 billion per year.