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How hard are you working, and what are you getting paid?

November 2010

Published in the November 2010 issue of Today’s Hospitalist

IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE, we continue coverage of our 2010 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey with two stories that shed light on the working lives of hospitalists.

Our cover story points out that this year’s data show no major changes in hospitalist productivity, at least as measured by patient encounters per shift. But there are signs that hospitals are changing how they define hospitalist productivity.

Even in this sour economy, some hospitals are bringing in more hospitalists, and not just for patient care. Instead of measuring “and paying “hospitalists based purely on the number of “butts in beds,” hospitals are now adding factors like rates of readmissions and hospital- acquired infections into the mix of productivity metrics.

This year’s survey also uncovered interesting data on differences in pay based on gender. Put simply, female hospitalists earn a mean of about $36,000 less a year than their male colleagues.

Our article looks at the factors that likely explain this pay gap, from patient type (more women work as pediatric hospitalists) to the way they’re paid (more women are paid via salary with no incentives). But what I found really interesting about these data is the working hours of female hospitalists who completed our survey.

When explaining why women physicians as a whole make less than men, analysts like to assume that more women work part time. But our survey data don’t support that hypothesis as an explanation for the gender gap in hospitalist compensation.

You can find more details in this month’s issue, or drill down into even more survey data in the 100-plus charts we’ve posted online. Go to www.todayshospitalist.com and look for the “Salary Survey Results” button on the left of the home page.

edoyleEdward Doyle
Editor & Publisher