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Why Consider a Career as an Orthopedic Hospitalist?

by Kurt Ehlert, MD

If you’re like many orthopedists, you may not be sure if a career as an orthopedic hospitalist is right for you—or you may not even be aware this is an option. Why give up your busy private practice to become a contractor for a hospital? There are a number of reasons that even the most successful and experienced surgeons have made the leap to becoming an orthopedic hospitalist.

The Challenges of Private Practice

For many, the hassles of managing their practice outweigh the benefits:

Most of the orthopedic hospitalists we talk to have reached the breaking point of managing a practice and are tired of spending countless hours worrying about their financial security. It can become stressful wondering whether you and your partners can make enough revenue in the face of declining reimbursement and the lack of clarity around healthcare reform. But what are your options?

There’s a Better Way

As an orthopedic hospitalist with Surgical Colleagues, you don’t have to worry about any of these practice management stressors. You go to the hospital and treat patients. The typical practice management tasks—staff management, payer negotiations, revenue cycle management, etc.—are handled by Surgical Colleagues’ seasoned operations staff.

Clinically rewarding
This frees you up to practice the essence of orthopedics—injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Fracture work can be among the most rewarding of all surgeries and consultative work. Every fracture is unique, as is every patient who sustains that fracture. It’s an opportunity to significantly impact a person whose life has just taken a dramatic turn with his or her injury.

Additionally, a subspecialty focus on acute care orthopedics allows a seasoned orthopedist to concentrate on fracture work and not worry about learning the newest minimally invasive approach to the hip or provide the latest treatment touted on the Internet.

Imagine not having to manage all of the chronic neck/back/pain issues to build your brand. You see the acute event, fix it, then move on to the next one.

Patient-focused care
As hospital-based physicians, orthopedic hospitalists get to spend more time with their inpatients. As a busy private practitioner, how often do you find yourself torn between three offices and two hospitals where you operate, all while rushing to round on your inpatients or leave it to your advanced practice provider? This lack of focus is diminished with the hospitalist model. Your job is to take care of your hospital’s acute care ortho needs, not build a practice in your private (and expensive) office.

Personal satisfaction

From a personal satisfaction standpoint, the orthopedic hospitalist model offers many benefits.

Want to learn more about this exciting career path? Contact us and let’s talk!

Robin Brooks
Senior Vice President, Operations

View Dr. Ehlert’s flyer on: Why to Consider a Career as an Orthopedic Hospitalist