When recruiting recently graduated surgeons, hospitals and clinics need to consider these factors, Mr. Jebson said.
“It will be very interesting to watch the magnitude of orthopedic surgeon shortages over the next few years,” Mr. Jebson said.
Traditionally, surgeons have maintained much independence from hospitals, using them only as a place to operate.
“Orthopedic surgeons are and continue to be fiercely autonomous,” Mr. Jebson said.
Having said that, he sees younger orthopedic surgeons accepting and anticipating hospital employment.
“About 25 percent of all orthopedic doctors are now hospital employed,” he said.
Mr. Jebson saw this uptick in hospital employment in his position as executive director of orthopedics at University of Florida. He said four out of every five orthopedic surgeons he recruited while at the University of Florida were going into hospital employment.
In his experience, Gen Y surgeons are passionate about their career choice but have a retirement plan and prefer to maintain a work-life balance.
“They have a very clear exit strategy,” he said. “They also want to know what is the partnership pathway.”
Many expect partnership within 24 months if they chose to become part of private practice group.
The good news, Mr. Jebson said, is that Gen Y “embraces EMRs” and paperless environment.
Gen Y wants focused sessions for continuing education, either online or within a short drive of where they practice. Also, the younger generation prefers more free time and completes subspecialty fellowships that allow for more free time. Additionally, Gen Y prefers working for large systems in metropolitan area.
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