As those of you who have followed my posts on this blog know, I’ve been spending a lot of time mulling over issues related to hospitalist job satisfaction and career sustainability. I’ve written about concrete things like re-thinking hospitalist work schedules and minimizing low-value interruptions, as well as more abstract concepts like assessing your group’s “gross happiness index.”
My fascination with these issues and my concern about their potential impact on the specialty of hospital medicine eventually led John and me, as course directors, to the theme of this year’s practice management pre-course at HM17 – Practice Management Success Strategies: Building a Practice That People Want to Be Part Of. Perhaps, like me, you are interested in digging deeper into matters of career satisfaction and sustainability. Or perhaps you are simply focused on the more mundane struggle just to recruit and retain enough qualified providers for your group. In either case, I invite you to join us on Monday, May 1 for this important pre-course.
We have an outstanding faculty this year, led by my consulting partner John Nelson, MD, FACP, MHM. John will be talking about what we are convinced is the foundation of a healthy practice: a culture of ownership. He will also address schedule and work allocation, as well as reimbursement and compensation issues. Jerome Siy, MD, SFHM, CHIE, department head of hospital medicine at HealthPartners in Minneapolis will cover recruitment and onboarding tactics, and strategies for greater physician engagement. Roberta Himebaugh, MBA, SFHM, Senior Vice President for Acute Care Services with TeamHealth will share ideas for helping hospitalists do what they do best, and explore how hospitalists can more successfully influence discussions about their value equation and ROI.
We’ve structured the program so that there will be lots of opportunity for questions and discussion with the faculty, as well as time for attendees to share their own learnings and best practices related to building and maintaining an attractive, thriving hospitalist practice. Hope to see you there! (If you haven’t registered for HM17 yet, visit www.hospitalmedicine2017.org!)