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The Choices We Make Dictate The Life We Lead

Martin Osinski. MBA, CVA

What can we expect — and what do we think we need — to handle the kidney disease population over the next 30 years?

Having helped nephrologists, young and old, find employment over the last 30+ years, it’s my view that the specialty is at a crossroads.

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Options in the job market for nephrology fellows

By Martin Osinski, MBA, AVA
from Nephrology News & Issues 

Nine years of your life. 

That is the minimum number of years a fellow needs to complete post-college training to become a nephrologist. For many of you, especially those that have done training in other countries, that time frame is substantially higher. But now that it is time to look for a job in what has been a difficult market, what are your options?

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A call to action needed to improve manpower in nephrology

from ViewPoint, Nephrology News and Issues , March 2012

by Martin Osinski

“Doctors Going Broke,” read a CNN headline on Jan. 5. Similar stories appeared in The New York Times and other national publications. One cannot say that broke is the right term for an occupation that averages in excess of $200,000 (primary care) or more than $350,000 (specialty incomes) a year, four to seven times the per capita national average. However, you only need be in practice to recognize the difficulties physicians are dealing with financially.

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Here comes the sun: New policies will bring better times ahead for the nephrology specialty

from Nephrology News and Issues , April 2011
by Martin Osinski

 

These past 15 months have represented some of the most tumultuous and difficult periods of time for physicians in practice, especially nephrologists. The number of government and economic policy changes and their immediate impact has never been greater. This left many practices unsure of taking the best steps to move forward.

This article will review the various policies that have been implemented and their impact on the average nephrology practice.

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Dealing with Medical School Debt

Michelle Beaver
10/2010
Renal Business Today

The numbers are daunting. Consider these statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges graduate questionnaire and try not to glaze over and fall off your chair in a fit of depression:

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Developing a Retirement Plan for Nephrologists

Judie Bizzozero
01/14/2010
Renal Business Today

Just like the rest of the workforce, nephrologists eventually have to hang up their stethoscopes someday and enjoy life after work. However, the recent recession and a rollercoaster stock market have to hurt potential retirees and cause a them to work beyond what they planned. That's why it is important to have a solid retirement plan in place as soon as possible. This is especially true as more young nephrologists enter the workforce.

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Physician workforce: Coming up short

5 years from now, the U.S. Renal Data System predicts, we will nearly double the endstage renal disease population in the United States. With the ongoing struggle to increase organ donation, most of those 650,000 individuals will be on some form of dialysis.

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Turnover concerns grow as doctor shortage looms and work habits change

Ninety percent of medical groups that participated in the Cejka Search and AMGA 2005 Physician Retention Survey reported having programs to track physician turnover. That number is up from the 73% that reported doing so in 2004. Additionally, 58% of groups have designated retention-improvement initiatives, up from 48% the previous year.

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If There is a Nephrologist Shortage, Where are the Jobs?

By Martin Osinski

In January NN&I reported on an announcement by the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) that it is predicting a shortage of physicians in the near future. COGME says that by 2015, an increase of 3,000 U.S. medical graduates, a corresponding expansion in the number of resident positions, and a change in the distribution of residency positions to more closely mirror market demand are all needed, By 2020, there could be a shortage of 85,000 physicians, they said.

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Successful Physician Search Process for Health Care Organizations

By Martin H. Osinski and Michael J. Kirschner

 

Conducting a comprehensive search is an extensive, time-consuming process when you are seeking a quality physician to fit your organizational goals. You should evaluate the situation carefully. Before you initiate a search, it is critical that you are methodical, organized and efficient since the process takes commitment and is costly. This article will explain 10 steps to identify quality physicians in a reasonable time frame.

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Well-Designed Physician Employment Contracts: Save Time, Money, and Frustration

By Martin H. Osinski and Michael J. Kirschner

 

One of the last stages in the physician recruitment process is presenting the contract to the qualified candidate. This step should be a formality and many organizations have mastered this stage. However, for some organizations it becomes a major obstacle. If a top quality candidate is lost at this period of the process, it becomes demoralizing. A well-designed contract can save significant time, money and avoid massive frustrations.

This article provides suggestions in designing a successful physician employment contract.

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