This post is Part Two of our New Year, New Schedule series. Catch up with Part One here.
Many see the start of a new year as a chance to create New Year’s resolutions, aiming to rid themselves of a bad habit or develop good ones. As a scheduler, it’s a fresh start for you and your providers, and you should be resolved to learm from the scheduling challenges you faced over the past year.
For some, the most stressful part of the holidays is the debate over when and where to go shopping.
However, as a physician scheduler, life just isn’t that simple. Whether it’s a small organization or a large one, you have to avoid understaffing the department while also keeping the providers satisfied with their schedules.
Recruiting skilled physicians who fit the team and respond well to patients is a top priority for any growing organization, yet retaining those individuals is often overlooked.
The physician work schedule – these three words alone are enough to change the mood in a meeting, for both schedulers and physicians.
The goal of building the schedule is to ensure your providers’ shifts are as productive and organized as possible, allowing them to focus solely on patient care. However, that doesn’t mean your responsibilities need to be overly complicated.
You can simplify your scheduling process, without sacrificing the efficiency of the final product, by using the tips below.
A fair and organized physician schedule is a benefit to schedulers, physicians, administrators, and patients.
When physicians don’t have to agonize over their shifts or endure draining schedules, they can actually focus on their jobs--caring for their patients--who, in turn, arrive and leave satisfied.
Physician schedulers, knowing the medical staff is content, are then able to focus on the same goal.