More than two-thirds of HM groups do not offer paid time off (PTO) to their hospitalists, but lack of vacation time isn’t a career deal breaker for aspiring hospitalists, say some HM leaders. 11 paid holidays annually; 12 days of annual vacation leave. Pay is generally starting at 150-200k. However, one of the main reasons for the lack of satisfaction may be block scheduling. Full-time employees are eligible for the following leave benefits. The hospitalist provider who has already worked a 12-hour shift. That’s 12 seven to nine day runs, but you don’t get 12 weeks vacation plus all the weekends and holidays and everything else like a normal job. A: Hospitalists report receiving a mean of 12.56 days per year, but there’s tremendous variation within that figure. The typical schedule for a hospitalist is typically seven on and seven off. [Residents may not accrue leave the same as regular employees and should check within their office for additional information.] Vacation Time. Part-time employees may be eligible for leave on a prorated basis. Summer is a traditional time for vacations, but often not for nurses, for multiple reasons. One is how to handle the contractual provision for vacation time, and I addressed that in last month’s column. At least I was trying to take a vacation, imperfect as it sometimes was. The 2012 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey, for instance, found that 51% of all full-time respondents don’t receive any PTO, instead working vacation into their scheduled days off. How much time off do you get or take? This month, I’ll discuss the other two issues: payment for malpractice “tail coverage” and the inclusion of a non-compete clause in hospitalist employment contracts. On the extremes, 15% of employees took no time off, and only 25% used up their entire benefit. That gives you at least 5 days of vacation time, twice a month. It also leaves little time for family, exercise, or hobbies outside of work during the week. The potential continuous responsibility of the hospitalist physician provides the natural segue for the next nuance — vacation time. Paid vacation time accrues slowly when it's used for paid sick time. Just slightly under half (43%) receive no paid vacation days, for example. Taking an extended vacation may require coordination with colleagues and a grueling 14-day work stretch. In many or most cases, hospitalists that have specified vacation time are not getting a better deal than those that have no vacation time. Paid time off, or PTO, includes sick days, vacation days, and personal days. It is standard for employers to offer their employees a variety of benefits, like health insurance, 401k plans, and life insurance.. In raw time, hospitalist. The one benefit that can make a huge difference in the way a physician works and lives is paid time off.. Root causes Humans are relatively rational actors. Many of them work around 26 weeks a year: 7 days on, 7 days off (12 hour shifts). That’s up … Vacation Time One of the trends within hospitalist contracts is not to provide paid vacation and/or continuing medical education time (CME) off. Issues included lack of flexibility, working hours without compensation, covering too many weekends and nights, and an inability to use vacation time. Malpractice Tail Coverage Basically, we have 12 weeks off a year right now. Some lump together vacation hours and sick leave hours, while others separate the two so that nurses accrue hours per pay period. According to 2014 data from the Harris Poll, Americans used just 51% of their eligible vacation time in the preceding year. I have no idea how much recuperation time is involved after each 7 day shift, but I'm guessing a day or two of good sleep is standard. But that’s 12 weeks, and not weekends on the other weeks. Block scheduling currently makes up 60% of hospitalist schedules, up from 53% in 2018. 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