PracticeLink’s Physician Recruitment Index: Q1 2016

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Have you ever wondered how one specialty compares to another in the job market? The PracticeLink Physician Recruitment Index is an indication of the relative ease or difficulty of recruitment for various specialties based on supply and demand information gathered by the PracticeLink system quarterly. The larger the “Jobs per candidate” number, the more difficult the search.

Check out the Most Challenging to Recruit and Most In-Demand specialties for the first quarter of 2016.

The Most Challenging to Recruit Specialties are those with the most jobs posted on PracticeLink per candidate in those specialties.

 

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What’s new? The Index’s first half remained fairly consistent this quarter, with Surgery–Neurocritical Care, Pediatrics–Dermatology, and Pediatrics–Ophthalmology remaining near the top. The second half saw a shake-up, however, with four specialties joining the list: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Pediatrics–Allergy and Immunology, Oncology–Urology, and Oncology–Medical.

The Most In-Demand Specialties are those with the most jobs posted on PracticeLink and are ranked by hardest to recruit.

 

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What’s new? After 10 quarters in a row as the most in-demand specialty, Urgent Care slipped a spot as Otolaryngology, new to the Index this quarter, took the top spot. The Index was fairly consistent otherwise with only Emergency Medicine and Urology moving more than a single spot in either direction.

* Subspecialties have been consolidated for this publication with the exception of pediatric subspecialties.
† As compared to last Index, pulled January 1. Current Index pulled April 1, 2016.

 

 

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PracticeLink named a Great Place to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review

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For the second year in a row, PracticeLink has been named a Top 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review.

The organizations featured on the list were selected by the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team based on workforce-centric awards received, benefits offerings, wellness initiatives, and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and a sense of community among employees.

PracticeLink was also recently named a Top 100 Best Place to Work by Modern Healthcare for the second year in a row.

“We are honored to be recognized again as one of the Great Places to Work in Healthcare!” says Ken Allman, founder and CEO of PracticeLink. “It is humbling to be in the company of so many other great organizations. I’m grateful to our clients, physicians and team members for their roles in helping to make PracticeLink what it is and for their ongoing support in our effort to enhance and improve the physician recruitment process.”

Click here for a full list of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.

About PracticeLink
PracticeLink.com is the nation’s most trusted physician recruitment resource and is the leading online recruitment solution for more than 5,000 facilities nationwide. In addition to its premier online physician job bank, PracticeLink publishes the award-winning PracticeLink Magazine, named 2014 Publication of the Year from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, which provides career resource information for 80,000+ residents, fellows and job-seeking physicians each quarter. PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va.; and has offices in Louisville, Ky.; St. Louis, Mo. Contact PracticeLink at (800) 776-8383 or ProTeam@PracticeLink.com.

 

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PracticeLink’s Physician Recruitment Index

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Have you ever wondered how one specialty compares to another in the job market? The PracticeLink Physician Recruitment Index is an indication of the relative ease or difficulty of recruitment for various specialties based on supply and demand information gathered by the PracticeLink system quarterly. The larger the “Jobs per candidate” number, the more difficult the search.

Check out the Most Challenging to Recruit and Most In-Demand specialties for the fourth quarter of 2015.

The Most Challenging to Recruit Specialties are those with the most jobs posted on PracticeLink per candidate in those specialties.

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What’s new? Pediatrics – Rheumatology and Surgery – Neurocritical Care took the top spots again this quarter, and though the top half of the Index remained fairly consistent, the second half saw some major changes. Five new specialties made the top 15: Otolaryngology – Otologist, Hospice, Pediatrics – Urology, Ophthalmology – Retinal Surgery, and Gynecology – Oncology.

The Most In-Demand Specialties are those with the most jobs posted on PracticeLink and are ranked by hardest to recruit.

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What’s new? This quarter’s Index is nearly identical to that of last quarter, with only two specialties—Pulmonary Disease – Critical Care and Hospitalist—moving more than a single spot. Urgent Care took the top spot for the 10th quarter in a row.

* Subspecialties have been consolidated for this publication with the exception of pediatric subspecialties.
† As compared to last Index, pulled October 1. Current Index pulled January 1, 2016.

 

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PracticeLink named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for second year in row

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Hinton, W.Va., Aug 26, 2015 — PracticeLink.com, The Career Advancement Resource for Physicians, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for the second year in a row.

The recognition comes from Modern Healthcare, which has published the Best Places to Work list for eight years as a way to honor healthcare companies that provide the best care, products and services.

As part of the Best Places to Work nomination process, employees at each company completed a survey that gauged engagement and satisfaction in leadership and planning; culture and communications; work environment; pay and benefits; relationship with supervisor and more.

The rank of the Top 100 Best Places to Work will be unveiled at an awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in October.

“We are so honored to have been recognized by Modern Health care two years in a row,” says Ken Allman, founder and CEO of PracticeLink. “Every employee of PracticeLink plays an important role in making this company a great place to work. This recognition will continue to spur us on as a humble, hungry, smart and happy team.”

About PracticeLink

PracticeLink.com is the nation’s most trusted physician recruitment resource and is the leading online recruitment solution for more than 5,000 facilities nationwide. In addition to its premier online physician job bank, PracticeLink publishes the award-winning PracticeLink Magazine, named ASHPE’s 2014 Publication of the Year, which provides career resource information for 80,000+ residents, fellows and job-seeking physicians each quarter. PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, West Virginia, and has offices in Louisville, Kentucky, and St. Louis, Missouri.

 

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How are patients using online reviews—and what does it mean for physicians?

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Online reviews are growing increasingly important for physicians as more and more patients turn to review sites both to find and to evaluate their doctors. Software Advice, a technology review site for practice management buyers, recently released the results of a survey conducted to gather more information about patients’ use of online reviews. The site had conducted the same survey in 2013 and was revisiting the topic to see what had changed. The latest findings show that:

  • The percentage of patients who use online reviews increased by 68 percent in 2014.
  • Almost half of patients say they would go outside their network for a doctor with better reviews.
  • The most trusted review sites are Yelp and HealthGrades, though Yelp is most popular.

How willing are patients to go out of network as a result of reviews?

Whereas the 2013 survey found only 26 percent of people said they would go out of network for a doctor with better reviews, the 2014 survey found that 44 percent of people said the same. The fact that patients are increasingly willing to pay out of pocket for their health care needs suggests that the experiences of other patients are a major factor in patients’ choice of doctors.

Review site comparison

Yelp, Healthgrades and RateMDs took the top three spots for both most used and most trusted review sites. Yelp was the most used review site with 27 percent of respondents saying they used it most frequently. Healthgrades and RateMDs tied with 26 percent.

Similarly, Yelp and Healthgrades tied for most trusted; each was chosen as most trusted by 26 percent of respondents. RateMDs was a close third, chosen by 24 percent.

When and why do patients use online reviews?

  • 61% — Before choosing a doctor
  • 20% — To evaluate their doctor
  • 19% — After choosing a doctor

Though most patients consulted online reviews prior to choosing a doctor, nearly 40 percent used reviews either to evaluate their current doctors or after selecting doctors, which demonstrates that maintaining a positive online reputation is important not only for new patient attraction but also for patient retention.

The most sought-after information included quality of care provided by doctors (cited by 48 percent), doctors’ ratings (45 percent), other patients’ experiences (38 percent), and accuracy of diagnoses (34 percent).

What does this mean for medical residents and practicing physicians?

Patients are doing their homework by checking out physicians before making appointments, and they are influenced by what they read. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed said they would be moderately likely to choose one physician over another based on reviews.

These online reviews educate patients about more than just a physician’s qualifications. They also cover concerns such as a doctor’s bedside manner, follow-up care and listening skills. It is important for physicians—especially those accepting new patients—to keep tabs on their reviews on sites such as Yelp, HealthGrades and RateMDs. This can show them strengths and areas for improvement in the eyes of their patients. Additionally, physicians can encourage their patients to review them on these sites and to consult reviews on these sites when seeking referrals.

Source: Practice Management Buyer Resource Software Advice


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Volunteering overseas during residency to boost your CV

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By April Bailey 

If you’re a medical resident looking to boost your CV, volunteering overseas can be a good way not only to stand out to future employers but also to develop professionally and experience a new environment and culture. It also has the potential to be a life-changing experience, one that increases your passion for the profession, enhances your basic skills, provides administrative experience and enables you to network with others from across the globe.

There are many short- and long-term overseas volunteer opportunities out there for residents. The stipulations vary, and most organizations that facilitate the opportunities have a limited number of spots available. Because of this, you’ll want to apply early—likely for more than one opportunity—so you can schedule accordingly. It is also important to note that, depending on the organization and because you are not yet certified, you may not get to practice your specialty in the same manner you do in residency, but any position can be beneficial to you. Common requirements, relevant organizations and additional resources are listed below to help you get started finding the right opportunity.

Common Requirements

  • Passport and Health Insurance: Since you’ll be leaving the country, you will need a valid passport before your trip. If you already have one, you need to be sure it won’t expire before you return. Your health insurance policy must also be up to date.
  • Vaccinations: Depending on the country you’ll be traveling to, you may have to get specific vaccinations and provide proof of them. You can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travelers’ Health website to know which vaccinations you may need.
  • Paperwork: In addition to providing documentation of your credentials, some organizations require you to submit recommendation letters from past or current mentors.
  • Costs: Most organizations require you to fund your own trip. The costs are typically all-inclusive, but do expect to pay a deposit to secure and confirm your spot. Do not let the costs discourage you from pursuing an opportunity because there are many funding options available (see additional resources below).

Organizations

  • International Healthcare Volunteers: This organization travels to parts of West Africa and Jamaica to focus on the health of women and children. The trips are two weeks long. Click here to read more.
  • International Medical Relief: This organization travels to countries in Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. The trips last roughly 10 days and address a variety of medical needs. The organization also helps volunteers find funding support for their trips. Click here to read more.
  • International Service Learning: This organization travels to Central and South America, Africa, Mexico and the Caribbean with a multi-disciplinary approach based on the health needs of a country. The trips last anywhere from seven to 15 days with extended stay options. Click here to read more.

Additional Resources

The American Medical Association, American Association of Family Physicians and Academy of American Medical Colleges all have lists of international volunteer opportunities on their websites. Additionally, organizations such as Volunteer Forever, Good Samaritan Missions and Rotary International can assist you with travel funding.


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PracticeLink to host a Career Advancement Workshop and job fair in St. Louis

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St. Louis, MO, October 16, 2014 — Experts predict the nationwide physician shortage will continue to worsen, as health care reform and an aging population creates a demand for doctors that far exceeds the supply.

According to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters, physician openings take an average of 204 days to fill. Because physicians are the primary revenue drivers for health care organizations, each physician vacancy represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Health care organizations are trying to stay on top of the anticipated physician shortage by partnering with PracticeLink.

“In-house physician recruiters play a critical role in health care. Without recruiters, organizations can’t get the providers they need, and without providers, patients can’t be seen,” said Ken Allman, CEO of PracticeLink.com.

PracticeLink aims to connect providers with recruiters on October 22 at a physician Career Advancement Workshop and Job Fair. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Chase Park Plaza. Unique to the job fair is a workshop that details the job-search steps physicians need to take. The Career Advancement Workshop starts at 6:30. Job-seeking physicians and advanced practitioners in training or practice are all invited to attend. To register for the event, visit www.PracticeLink.com/jobfair/stlouis.

About PracticeLink
PracticeLink.com is the most widely used online physician job bank. More than 20,000 physicians and advanced practitioners register with PracticeLink.com each year in their search for a new job, and thousands more search the job bank confidentially when looking for a new practice. More than 1,000 recruiters representing more than 5,000 health care facilities nationwide use PracticeLink to recruit physicians and other health care providers.

PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, WV, and also has offices in St. Louis and Louisville, KY

 

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Affordable Care Act poses challenge for hospital recruiters

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More than 30 million additional Americans have access to health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act.

As health care reform and an aging population create a demand for doctors that far exceeds the supply, health care organizations are trying to stay on top of the anticipated physician shortage.

Physician openings take an average of 204 days to fill, according to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. And because physicians are the primary revenue drivers for health care organizations, each physician vacancy represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. For this reason, hospitals and other medical groups often have in-house physician recruiting departments dedicated to anticipating provider needs and filling positions as quickly as possible.

“In-house physician recruiters play a critical role in health care. Without recruiters, organizations can’t get the providers they need, and without providers, patients can’t be seen,” said Ken Allman, CEO of PracticeLink.com, the most widely used online physician job bank.

Health care recruiters from across the country will be gathering in Chapel Hill September 23, 2014 with PracticeLink to connect with the providers they need during a physician career workshop and job fair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Job-seeking physicians and advanced practitioners in training or practice are invited to attend the PracticeLink Job Fair. The Job Fair also features a Career Advancement Workshop starting at 6:30. 

Ken Allman and other PracticeLink staff are available for interviews upon request to speak about the physician shortage, the challenges facing physician recruiters and the health care industry as a whole.

 

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PracticeLink named a Top 100 Best Place to Work in Healthcare

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PracticeLink, The Career Advancement Resource for Physicians, has been recognized as a Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

The recognition comes from Modern Healthcare, which has published the Best Places to Work list for seven years as a way to honor healthcare companies that provide the best care, products and services.

As part of the Best Places to Work nomination process, employees at each company completed a survey that gauged engagement and satisfaction in leadership and planning; culture and communications; work environment; pay and benefits; relationship with supervisor and more.

Out of the 100 finalists, PracticeLink was ranked 41st overall and 25th out of 50 healthcare suppliers.

“This is a tremendous honor for each of our staff and company,” says Ken Allman, founder and CEO of PracticeLink. “Each staff member makes a strong effort to make PracticeLink a humble, hungry, smart and happy place to work. We are extremely thankful that those efforts make a difference.”

A full list of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare can be found here.

PracticeLink.com is the nation’s most trusted physician recruitment resource and is the leading online recruitment solution for more than 5,000 facilities nationwide. In addition to its premier online physician job bank, PracticeLink publishes the award-winning PracticeLink Magazine, named 2014 Publication of the Year from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editorswhich provides career resource information for 80,000+ residents, fellows and job-seeking physicians each quarter. PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va.; and has offices in Louisville, Ky.; St. Louis, Mo. Contact PracticeLink at (800) 776-8383 or ProTeam@PracticeLink.com.

 

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Medscape report reveals EHR trends

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By April Bailey

According to Medscape’s recently released EHR Report 2014, 83 percent of physicians surveyed are currently using electronic health record systems in their work environments—but these systems are not without patient-related concerns.

More than 18,000 doctors were surveyed about their EHR experiences for the report. Only 17 percent expressed that they have no patient privacy concerns related to EHRs. This demonstrates a significant increase in concern over the past two years; Medscape’s 2012 report stated that 77 percent of physicians had no concerns.

Another concern physicians expressed was that EHRs negatively affect the doctor-patient relationship; 70 percent said EHRs cause them to have less face-to-face time with patients.

The survey also found that the most widely used EHRS aren’t necessarily the most popular among physicians. Respondents were asked to rate their EHRs on a scale of one to five—one being the lowest—for ease of use, satisfaction with the overall product, how the product connected with other systems and usefulness as a clinical tool. Epic was the most used EHR vendor, but VA-CPRS, the Veterans Administration EHR, was the top-rated overall among physicians.

Despite physicians’ concerns, experts expect EHR usage will continue to increase in coming years. Physicians participating in the survey provided a few tips for other doctors looking to improve their EHR experiences:

  • Visit the offices of colleagues to see how their EHRs work
  • Attend health conferences and other events where these systems may be available for test-drive
  • Find online chat rooms where EHR comments and questions can be shared

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