Dreaming The American Dream: Once More Around On Physician Workforce Policy

For more than half a century the devotees of public health planning in the United States have dreamed of planning the size, composition, and spatial distribution of the nation’s physician work-force so that it can meet the projected “need” for health services in an efficient and equitable manner. Undaunted by a century of failure in this regard, Kevin Grumbach’s paper, “Fighting Hand to Hand over Physician Workforce Policy,” is one more installment of this perpetual American dream. His paper leads one to wonder whether the planning he advocates could ever work—anywhere.

The Right Hire

Consider more than personality to make sure you choose the best fit for the position at hand. Your new employee has been on the job for 6 weeks now, and you’ve realized that, unfortunately, you hired the wrong person for the job. Her personality isn’t meshing well with her other coworkers, she isn’t working as fast as she should be and she just doesn’t seem like she wants to be there.

Pharma Begins Using Social Media to Recruit New Talent

While Facebook may come to mind as the most likely social media tool for this purpose, it isn’t! This is because Facebook is primarily a social, not a professional network like LinkedIn or BioCrowd. Further, despite Facebook’s gargantuan size, the lack of real time interaction coupled with the sheer volume of updates, ads, activities and games at the site render it largely ineffective as a job advertising or recruiting tool.

Greening Healthcare, a New Opportunity for Engaging Employees

Employee retention and recruitment may seem like the same concept, but each require a very different approach to be successful. With recruiting, the approach is one of educating potential employees about your organization and the benefits of working there. Often this is focused on salary and benefits, with other factors such as working conditions, location, scheduling. However in the last decade, an organization’s green performance has started to become more important and is a contributing factor in attracting new top talent.

Tackling Family Physician Shortage

For now, Prineville has just one family doctor for every 943 residents — a staggeringly low number… The shortage of primary care physicians isn’t just in Crook County — it’s nationwide. Studies show by the year 2020, America will be short 30,000 family physicians.

An Integrated Workforce Planning Strategy for the Health Services

White Paper Summary Workforce planning must take into account the availability of the health workforce. It is necessary that health sector employers work closely with the education institutions to produce graduates that meet the competency requirements for employment. The proper skill mix

Global Medical Education and Social Change

White Paper Summary The Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change, housed within the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, seeks to forge long-term academic partnerships to support the education of health professionals and to create

Case Study: United Healthcare Group

Case Study Summary UnitedHealth Group (UHG) has grown to become one of the most innovative suppliers of health care solutions by focusing on ideas that help improve medical outcomes while reducing health care costs…. Indeed, when it comes to growing their business

AONE Guiding Principles for the Aging Workforce

Article Summary More than 51 percent of the current workforce is age 40 or older – a 33 percent increase since 1980 – and 40 percent of the U.S. nurse workforce is age 50. As nurses age, retire or find employment outside

A Risk We Cannot Ignore: The Workforce Planning Gap in Healthcare

It won’t surprise anyone that among the top ten occupations with the most job openings in the United States is registered nurse and among the ten fastest growing occupations are three in the healthcare sector (physical and occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants). Nor will many be surprised that more than 55% of current healthcare managers and nurses will retire by 2020.