Frustrated by lack of engagement from your physicians? Gus Geraci, MD, says you’re not alone.
The consulting chief medical officer at the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) regularly talks with hospital/health system administrators and hears many common challenges.
Dr. Geraci says even with good intentions from administrators, physicians often feel left out of important decisions.
A one-hour webinar held on Oct. 20, 2015, offered solutions to these challenges. In “5 Things You Can Do to Improve Physician Engagement,” Dr. Geraci discussed critical elements of physician engagement and offered practical solutions.
If you weren’t able to make the webinar, view the below presentation!
“While salary, vacation, benefits, and working conditions are all important, the culture and working environment trump all other factors, assuming those other factors are reasonable and market based,” said Dr. Geraci. “The missing factor is the real willingness to involve physicians in the development of clinical protocols, mission, and culture based issues like community services, priorities, and the fairness, not only of a starting salary and benefits, but how the physician will be treated in the future. Issues like compensation and how it is adjusted, how the physician is treated when they have personal health issues, and how the system allows for personal preference are all critical.
“These can be lumped into ‘engagement’ — How well do the physician and hospital, health system, or employer engage each other in meaningful change to improve patients’ care? This webinar will explore some ways to meaningfully engage physicians to create a work environment for both employed and independent physicians in which they are eager to collaborate, come to meetings, and work to improve the local environment for patient care.”
To learn more about how to better engage physicians go to www.pactpath.org.