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How the “New Reality of Care” is Affecting New Physicians

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Being a physician was never simple, even before the healthcare environment began undergoing so many radical changes. But now that many of those changes are in full swing, they’re shaking up the entire field—and like it or not, physicians like you are along for the ride.

This “new reality of care” is packed with challenges at every turn, but also opportunities. Your ability to adapt and capitalize on these opportunities will be key to your success as you begin your career.

To help you navigate the road ahead, we’re bringing you highlights from our recent report, New Realities of Care for Physicians, below. Download the complete report here, and be sure to visit HealthCareerCenter.com to see the latest openings for physicians in your region.

Small, private practices are dwindling

The shrinking number of private practice physicians is due to a variety of factors, but the biggest reason is the rise in importance of value-based care. Quality outcomes are dependent upon a patient’s ability to have multiple specialists and other care providers reviewing their records and sharing information. And that level of teamwork simply isn’t always possible in a small practice that consists of just one doctor and a few nurses.

It’s up to you to lead your growing team

If nurses, specialists and administrators are vital role players on the hospital’s patient care team, the physician is like the quarterback. It’s your job to put them in a position to succeed, and count on their abilities to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient. That may not be easy at first—up until now, you’ve probably been trained to make decisions on your own, with confidence. But as clinical teams grow and the number of physicians per patient declines, delegating responsibility is the only way you’ll be able to give your patients the care they deserve.

You’re also counted on to drive cultural change

The attitudes of a hospital’s physicians have an enormous impact on the attitudes of everyone who works there. So it stands to reason that the way you approach the healthcare changes to come—whether it’s with resistance or optimism—will be mirrored by your hospital’s staff at all levels. That’s why, in today’s healthcare landscape, it’s so important for physicians like you to take a proactive approach toward developing leadership skills. You’re going to need them now more than ever.

New opportunities (and job titles) are emerging

The changes affecting healthcare aren’t limited to day-to-day operations. Healthcare transformation is actually opening up new paths for physicians to create never-before-seen career trajectories. Positions such as Physician Advisor, Transitional Care Provider, Concierge Medicine and Chief Experience Officer didn’t exist 10 years ago. Now, they’re not only available for physicians with the right skills and experience—they’re also in high demand.

 

The information in this article originally appeared in New Realities of Care for Physicians, a HealthCareerCenter.com report. To download the original report, click here.