December 1998 Bulletin

West south central, pacific states lead in recruiting orthopaedists

Slightly more than half of the orthopaedic practices that responded to the 1998 Bones Society Annual Practice Profile are recruiting an orthopaedic surgeon-up from the 41 percent that were recruiting at the time of last year's survey.

Practices in the west south central states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma) and the pacific states (Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Alaska) are the most likely to be recruiting. In the west south central states, 62 percent of the responding practices said they were recruiting an additional orthopaedic surgeon while 59 percent of those practices in the pacific states said they are recruiting. In 1997, the percent recruiting was highest in the south Atlantic region (Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware) where 50 percent of the practices were recruiting.

Larger practices are more likely to be recruiting. In practices with 10 or more orthopaedic surgeons, more than 70 percent are recruiting an additional orthopaedic surgeon. However, only 28 percent of practices with one orthopaedic surgeon are looking for another one.

Of those practices seeking an additional orthopaedist, 58 percent are seeking a specialist. In 1997, 52 percent were seeking a specialist. Practices in New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island), the west north central states (Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas), and the mountain states (Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico) were most likely to be seeking a specialist. In general, the larger the practice, the more likely it is to be recruiting an additional orthopaedic surgeon. Also, the larger the practice, the more likely it is to be seeking a specialist rather than a generalist.

For a complete copy of the 1998 BONES Society Practice Profile and Compensation/Benefit Survey, contact the BONES Society at (800) 247-9699.

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