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Would your surgeons retire if they could?
By Stephen W. Earnhart, MS
Earnhart & Associates
This column is inspired by the May 9, 2007, article in the Association of American Medical College (AAMC) publication that says one-third of doctors over age 50 would retire if they could.
Surgeons have shared their thoughts with me over the years. Long before the AAMC article, I had started getting resumes from surgeons who were "just looking." They were "testing the waters" to see what else was out there for them. My company just hired our first surgery center administrator who is a retiring general surgeon.
For the past several weeks I did some calling around. While admittedly unscientific, I spoke with several surgeons across the country about their views on their career path. I would have to guess that most, if not all, of them are in their 50s and beyond. Here are my questions and their replies:
How would you answer the same questions and how does it help you deal with the surgeons? For me, it continues to personalize a surgeon which in turn makes them easier to identify with. From a practical standpoint, learn more about "succession planning," and never stop marketing for new surgeons.
(Earnhart & Associates is an ambulatory surgery consulting firm specializing in all aspects of surgery center development and management. Contact Earnhart at 1000 Westbank Drive, Suite 5B, Austin, TX 78746. E-mail: email@example.com. Web: www.earnhart.com.)