Hospitalist Recruitment and Retention: Building a Hospital Medicine Program

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 5, 2010 - Medical - 224 pages

The Right Way to Build and Sustain a Successful Hospital Medicine Program

This first complete treatment of hospitalist recruitment and retention gives you all the tools and guidance needed to build a new hospital medicine program for your hospital. Moreover, it shows you how to reinvigorate and maintain an established hospitalist program, enabling your hospital to fully benefit from the improved clinical outcomes that a hospitalist approach can offer. All the key elements for building and maintaining an effective hospitalist program are covered, including:

  • Developing a recruitment plan that attracts the right people and clearly sets forth expectations

  • Hiring the best people to meet organizational objectives

  • Implementing an effective retention plan that keeps high-quality staff motivated and committed to excellence

Based on the author's extensive experience in both clinical practice and professional consultation with new and established hospital medicine programs, the book covers such critical topics as:

  • Significance of current trends in hospital medicine

  • Key factors in successful hospitalist recruitment and retention

  • Role of the hospitalist in recruitment, retention, and stabilization of physicians in their communities

Recruitment and retention of physicians in all specialties is a national challenge, and it is expected to become even more difficult due to an impending physician shortage. As more and more healthcare organizations come to understand and embrace the hospitalist movement, this book will prove essential in recruiting and retaining the staff they need to implement and sustain an effective hospitalist program.

 

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Contents

1 Physician Supply and Demand
1
2 The Hospitalist Marketplace
23
3 The Role of the Hospitalist
37
4 The Hospitalist Recruitment Pool
45
5 Challenges Recruiting Hospitalists
57
6 Incentive Plans
73
7 National Recruitment Initiatives
83
8 Retention Initiatives
91
9 Putting It All Together The Site Visit and Interview
103
10 The Contract
137
11 Practice Management Strategies
145
12 Targeting Program Leadership
167
13 Concluding Thoughts
193
References
197
Index
201
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KENNETH G. SIMONE, DO, FHM, is a board-certified family physician, Fellow of Hospital Medicine, and the founder and President of Hospitalist and Practice Solutions, a consulting company that develops, restructures, and redesigns hospitalist programs. Dr. Simone founded the first hospitalist program in Maine and served as its administrative director for ten years. In addition, he has developed and rebuilt numerous hospitalist programs nationwide. He is currently Chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine's Chapter Support Committee and a board member of the University of New England.

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