Effective Socialization of New Physicians the Key to Retention

A large health care system began experiencing an unexpected increase in voluntary terminations. Although a number of causes are suggested for this increased turnover, this article will examine the question: Is there a relationship between a physician’s length of employment and his or her participation in an effective physician orientation (socialization) program.

The purpose of this article is not to draw any hard-fast conclusions regarding methods of effectively socializing or orienting physicians to their new employer; however, based on the literature, there seems to be some reoccurring themes regarding how the orientation process impacts both physician turnover and satisfaction.

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Source: ASPR

Author: John S. Shonyo