A perfect storm is brewing for part-time physician work in rheumatology. As an increasing number of rheumatologists approach retirement age, a growing number of new physicians just out of medical school are seeking a more balanced lifestyle. With these circumstances, the question of part-time work in rheumatology is bound to come up.
Explore this issueFebruary 2012
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A 2010 survey from the healthcare recruitment firm Cejka Search, based in St. Louis, and the American Medical Group Association found that the ranks of part-time physicians are on the rise, with 13% of male physicians saying that they were practicing part time and 36% of female physicians reporting part-time schedules, says Mary Barber, vice president at Cejka Search. In 2005, those numbers were 7% and 29%, respectively.
A benchmarking survey from the ACR in 2009 found that 64% of academic practices have least one part-time rheumatologist. In fact, practices employed an average of 10 rheumatologists, with nearly two of those working part time.
“The current generation is not like their workaholic parents,” says practice management consultant John Pinto, president of Pinto & Associates in San Diego. “You have half of the medical school graduates that are female, and they are exiting school at a time that they are thinking about family. Then you have males who are somewhat less gonzo about work than in the past,” he says.