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Managing your physician assistant schedule

Posted on 7/31/2014 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles
For many business medical facilities, managing physician assistant (PA) schedules is nearly as difficult as physician scheduling. Different facilities, even different departments within the same facilities, have varying needs and scheduling requirements for their PAs. This can be a nightmare for the person charged with the responsibility of shift scheduling.

The Important Roles PA Play

Physician’s assistants play vital roles in the care of patients and keeping costs down for medical facilities. They are in the trenches day in and day out, conducting physical examinations of patients, reviewing medical histories, treating many injuries, and counseling patients about their conditions and healthcare needs. With that in mind, ensuring adequate PA coverage for all shifts helps to reduce workloads for physicians on staff freeing them to deal with difficult diagnostic or surgical procedures.

Whether you are charged with emergency medicine scheduling, all of the scheduling for your medical facility, or the scheduling for some other department, it’s important to make sure that the needs of PAs are met as well as those of the patients they treat. This means ensuring that they get the time off they request whenever possible and are able to maintain a manageable work-life balance.

Shift Scheduling Software Can Help

Managing your PA schedule can be a lot of work for one person to take on alone. Depending on the size of your medical facility, it may take several hours, maybe even days, to meet physician scheduling needs for your facility – including the PAs. There is help available to help you plan even the most demanding of schedules for PAs and physicians alike in the form of PA scheduling software.

The right scheduling software can help you not only create a schedule for all your physicians and PAs in a matter of minutes that once would have taken excruciating hours to create, but it also factors in shift requests, vacation requests, requested time off, and shift preferences of doctors and PAs alike.

Even more extraordinarily, you can set various parameters for the software, such as set PA shifts in specific departments, rotating PA schedules, rotating weekends, and rotating holiday coverage if necessary.

Software helps in many other ways too. Remember the mention of work-life balance? How much time is spent each day verifying or discussing schedules with PAs, correcting scheduling errors, or discussing vacation and other requests in the future? Wouldn’t it be nice to automate the entire process?

It’s possible with emergency medicine scheduling software. The software is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t require someone to be in the office fielding calls and it can record the relevant requests for future scheduling needs.

As you can see, there are many benefits for medical facilities that make the move to shift scheduling software for PA schedules. The time factor in making schedules alone makes this software well worth the investment. The increased PA satisfaction, though, leads to greater job satisfaction, lower turnover rates, and other benefits that make it a true prize for your healthcare practice.

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