Did you miss our webinar last week? Our Chief Information Officer, Sepi McDonnell, examined the current and future shifts in the physician workforce. Learn how to expand your candidate pool to increase activity and how to create balance by diminishing stereotypes when hiring.

First, why “breaking stereotypes”? In our experience as a staffing partner for hospitals and medical groups, we see the good, bad and the ugly of hiring manager’s candidate parameters. We conduct profiles of opportunities, and ultimately the question comes up, “what is your ideal candidate?” We all know what they are not supposed to say, but ultimately some bias sneaks into every answer. That’s where stereotypes come in. It may not come in the initial candidate profile, but it comes up when considering applicants and during the interview process. It also can affect the way you market and source for jobs.

We focused on 3 groups of physicians and how to overcome the stereotypes or misconceptions. Here are 3 important facts we shared:

  1. While paid less, patients treated by female physicians are less likely to die: In 2016, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Previous research has shown that female doctors are more likely to follow recommendations about prevention counseling and to order preventive tests like Pap smears and mammograms. The study’s authors estimate “that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year.” Learn More
  2. The age of a physician does not always negatively impact patient care outcomes:  In a study comparing cognitive functioning of surgeons age 60 and older with younger surgeons, 78% of practicing surgeons aged 60-64 performed within the range of younger surgeons on computerized cognitive tasks measuring visual sustained attention, reaction time and visual learning and memory.
  3. Millennial physicians are most different in their approach to collaborative care: A 2016 report, Millennial Mindset: The Collaborative Clinician, released by health agencies GSW, inVentiv Health PR Group, shows that millennial physicians understand pharma ads are out there to educate patients, but rely less than their older counterparts to use pharma marketing to inform their decisions, and they rely mostly on their peers, online resources for advice.

Want more data on trends in the physician workforce and how to avoid stereotyping when hiring? Watch a recording of the webinar and download our slides by following the link below: