Physician employment contract connotes a form of work agreement between the physician and the hospital or other healthcare-associated institute where the physician intends to work.

The contract contains all the terms of employment, nature of employment, hours of work, call coverage, the expected salary, other incentives, basis of contract review and conditions for contract termination.

Unfortunately, several physicians have agreed to unfavorable deals due to insufficient knowledge on improving their pay and other working conditions. Three ways that doctors can improve their salaries and contract negotiations will therefore be explained in this text.

Ways Doctors Can Improve Bargaining Position In Salary and Contract Negotiation

  • Hire A Contract Review Lawyer

The first requirement is understanding the legal terms and caveats before signing any document. Therefore, it is quite common for physicians to make contract review mistakes. It is in the physician’s best interest to get a legal practitioner to perform the contract review unless they are vast in law or have extensive experience reviewing the exact kind of contract they have to sign.

An added advantage is that, since lawyers are often involved in drawing up contract terms, irregularities or omissions are readily detected by fellow lawyers in that area of expertise, even when the physician misses them.

  • Self-Awareness & Leveraging On Existing Peculiarities

Physicians in need of a job should be properly oriented. Some medical specialties pay less than others. According to American Medical Association, the topmost paying specialty is plastic surgery and cardiology. Adequate awareness of the current pay value of one’s specialty can bolster the negotiation prowess of the doctor.

Also, some specialties are relatively scarce than others. Physicians, even with little experience in these fields, can leverage the scarcity and increasing demand for specialists in the area, thereby putting them on a higher pedestal for a better pay.

Finally, a physician must learn to use the location of the work center to their advantage. For instance, hospitals in rural areas will generally pay more than those in extremely urbanized areas. This explanation for this is really simple. In rural places, there is a relative deficiency of doctors; hence they tend to pay more for the available ones, unlike in urban centers where competition is quite high. 

  • Gain Enough Experience And Reputable Recommendations 

As a fresh out of college physician, an important goal is to gain enough clinical and educational experiences and other distinguishing skill that makes the difference during contract negotiations. These experiences could be medically inclined activities. They could also be in the form of other administrative, managerial or technical capacities as long as it gives an edge. Apart from the conventional workplace, other additions could be researching, furthering your education, and taking extra courses.

Finally, Strive to work with renowned excellent physicians as this could give you glowing recommendations. But, again, this is a testament to your quality as a practicing physician.

Final Thoughts

All being stated, the sole aim of a physician is not to make money. However, attractive pay constitutes an integral aspect of motivation needed for effective health care delivery.

Therefore, physicians are advised to proceed cautiously, know their worth and strategic relevance, and gain game-changing qualifications and recommendations. Ultimately, understand the terms and conditions of employment, and ask questions in case of unclear entities. Get help from a law practitioner to avoid bad deals.

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