There are many physiatry jobs to consider. Covid dampened the number of PM&R practice opportunities but as the pandemic eases so too has the job market. Inpatient physiatrists are in particular strong demand. Farr Healthcare, Inc. tries to make your practice search has worry-free as possible. We can help direct you to positions that are a good match and guide you through the process. Farr Healthcare also serves as your cheerleader to employers!
The physiatrist position falls under the broad category of physicians and surgeons, positions with exceptional job prospects. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment for doctors and surgeons is expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2024. Board-certified physiatrists, who have an even better job outlook, also command higher salaries. Reference: https://careersinpsychology.org/physiatry-careers/
The PM&R practice search process starts with identifying practice opportunities of interest to you, talking with these entities and to the ultimate end of securing a job. You can count on it taking 6 months or more usually when one considers the time to meet the practice, get references, get a state license, get on the payor panels, etc.
With experience in physiatry recruitment for over 30 years, Farr Healthcare is able to help doctors to find practice opportunities and employers to find physiatrists. Not only are we able to find practice opportunities and physiatrists, we make every effort to make connections that are best-suited to both parties. We use our insight to ask hiring entities information to help discern what candidates are the best fit. We listen to physiatrists looking for work and ask questions to help identify what practice opportunities are the best for each individual. We aim to be customer-friendly!
We are always striving to be in front of as many physiatrists and rehab organizations as possible to ensure that each will respectively have enough practice opportunities and physiatrists when their time comes for a search. For example, we keep in touch with residency and fellowship programs.
According to the Association of Academic Physiatrists, there are over 10,000 board-certified physiatrists in the U.S., yet there is a growing patient base and needs in a variety of environments:
- Older adults are working longer: People are retiring later in life, and may incur on-the-job injuries that require PM&R treatment. By 2022, older males will compromise 27% and older females will make up 20% of the U.S. labor force.
- A number of areas in the U.S. currently have a shortage of rehabilitation services and/or physiatrists. Like other medical specialties, there is a geographic maldistribution of physiatrists. In certain geographic areas, no physiatric services are available.
- According to an article in McKnight’s, a medical industry publication, there is a growing need for physiatrists in sub-acute rehabilitation settings, such as skilled nursing facilities, due to shifts in payer level-of-care preferences. According to Dr. Gnatz: “Rehabilitation in the skilled nursing facility environment is rapidly emerging as the predominant level of inpatient rehabilitation care in the United States.”
- Physiatry’s greatest unmet need is in the number of academic physiatrists. PM&R residency programs continue to experience a shortage of academic talent to fill the growing number of chairperson and faculty positions.
Part of the PM&R practice search process is reference checking. Given the years of experience that Farr Healthcare has in physiatry recruitment, we have developed relationships with physiatrists that enable us to gain greater insights during our reference-checking process. With a reputation for honesty, we present to the employer thorough information about physiatry candidates.
Typically, an interview follows if the references are good. Here are some possible questions for the interview process according to https://www.betterteam.com:
- What process do you follow to locate and diagnose a patient’s source of pain?
Demonstrates broad medical expertise and the ability to diagnose various medical conditions.
- Describe a time when you collaborated with other medical professionals, such as a physical therapist, to develop a treatment plan for a patient. Was it successful?
Shows the ability to work with others.
- Describe your most successful medical case to date. What factors contributed to your success?
Proves work experience.
- How do you stay up to date with new treatments and advancements in physical medicine and rehabilitation?
Shows continuous training and professional development.
- How do you motivate patients that are feeling despondent? How do you deal with patients who refuse to cooperate with you?
Tests interpersonal skills.
Congratulations! You’ve been offered a physiatry job and received a contract. Now what? Most physiatrists pursue professional advice when a contract has been presented. There’s a reason for that. The contract is a vehicle to determine the terms of your PM&R work with a hospital or practice. It also governs what happens when you leave it.
A few legal practices are listed on my website under the Resources tab that I have met while at various conferences. I can not recommend any of these practices. You may have local lawyers to assist you. Of course, you want someone who has experience with physician contracts.
The physiatry contract you receive will no doubt have been crafted by the hiring entity’s attorney to protect their interests so it makes sense that you, too, should consult your attorney to safeguard your interests. You should consult a lawyer to make sure that their contract is not overreaching in what it requires of you and, if so, you will want to negotiate those points.
One of the key features of the PM&R contract is the compensation section. It spells out what you’ll receive, the terms of the finances, the calculation of the payment formula, etc. Hence, it is important that it is as clear as possible and as complete as possible. I might even suggest that an accountant review the financial part of your PM&R contract.
There are also practice management firms that will review doctor contracts. Some of them are listed on my website, again under the Resources tab. These practice management firms specialize in physiatry. Again, I have never used any of them personally so I can’t recommend any one of them.
Don’t forget to look at the Openings page on my website, www.farrhealthcare.com