We know how hard it is for surgeons to step away from the bustling urban practices that they have oftentimes built from the ground up. Change can be intimidating, especially when it involves unknown factors. As experts in rural medicine, we are here to share honest insights into what to expect when transitioning to a rural community hospital. The most common questions we get from surgeons before deciding to work in rural areas include:
Will I Have Specialty Support?
Most rural surgeons do not have immediate access to other specialists because the groups are not located in the community. You will have the option to communicate with other surgeons and transfer patients when needed, but you are the onsite leader in rural medicine. Many rural surgeons enjoy this kind of environment because they get to practice at the top of their licenses.
Will I Make Less Money?
The average compensation for rural doctors is higher than those practicing in larger areas—surgeons who transition to NexGen Surgical typically earn better compensation than they would in their current practices.
Do Rural Hospitals Have the Right Equipment and Resources?
Resources vary from hospital to hospital. Some rural hospitals have limited equipment, especially larger machines for imaging and diagnostics. If something is unavailable onsite, most rural doctors will have access at a nearby facility or tertiary centers in larger areas.
How Much Control Will I Have Over the Schedule?
As a NexGen surgeon, you will work two weeks per month and will not be on call during your time off. When we say that our surgeons can enjoy a flexible schedule and healthy work-life balance, we mean it. We custom tailor opportunities around the desires and requirements of our surgeons and keep their lifestyle goals top of mind as we plan surgical schedules.
Will I Be an Employee or Contractor?
With NexGen Surgical, you will practice as a 1099 independent contractor, which presents many financial benefits.
Will I Maintain Clinical Independence?
NexGen Surgical gives surgeons the independence to focus more time on delivering patient care, learning new skills and spending time away from the practice to recharge. Rather than spending hours after the last case sorting through the business issues that arise from managing your own practice, our surgeons can spend more time relaxing after a day in the OR. We take care of dealing with insurance companies, handling staff problems and running the back office so that our surgeons can focus solely on their patients and enjoy their time away from practice to the fullest.
Joining the NexGen Surgical Team
By answering these questions, we hope your decision to join NexGen Surgical becomes an easy one. Helping you achieve your personal and professional goals are our top priorities. Our surgeons work two weeks out of the month and do not take call during their time off. Transitioning to NexGen is easy without the need to relocate or take a cut in compensation. Our team will handle your staffing, billing, payroll, enrollment and other administrative needs, allowing you to focus on what matters most—taking care of patients and enjoying your time away from practice to the fullest. We are currently hiring general surgeons, urologists, orthopedic surgeons and ENTs. To learn more about the positions we are filling or to talk with our recruiters about personalizing an opportunity for your unique circumstances, call us today at 844-592-0802.