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    Anyone join hospital committees (patient safety, medical records, infection control, etc...? Any advantages to doing so or when you join is it more added work?

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    always good to be on one or 2.

    helps you network, prevents you from getting silo'ed.

    esp at community shops it is always good to be on personal terms with the other docs.

    "Dr. Smith this is Dr. Jones I am consulting you on...." is not nearly as good as "Katie this is Mark, how's the fam? Great to hear, we need to get together soon. Hope we get to see you at the holiday party. Listen can you help out with..."

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    • #3
      It's good to meet and get to know people from other departments. It's also nice to at least get a say (or at least voice your perspective) in some things that can affect you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Financemd8155 View Post
        Anyone join hospital committees (patient safety, medical records, infection control, etc...? Any advantages to doing so or when you join is it more added work?
        I found it to be a complete waste of time. Plus the aggravation of listening to RN/admin nonsense just made it unbearable to me. But my committees were the quality/pt safety types where I was just the token MD with no say/influence.

        So perhaps it’s committee dependent. I wouldn’t mind doing an MD heavy committee where I interacted only/mostly with other MDs

        I’ve done a little peer review just to be a voice of reason and to give the benefit of the doubt to the doctor which I find is often missing with the types that sign up for that stuff.

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        • #5
          If you're at the table, at least you will know when you're on the menu.

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          • #6
            I used to be in P & T committee for a couple of years and Blood Bank and utilization for a few years and some other for a couple of years. Overall a waste of time but it just kept your name alive and in the loop.

            Now I don't do it any more.

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            • #7
              It depends. MEC is influential. Credentials and peer review step below but a good way to interact with other docs who are actively involved in your hospitals.

              Then there are token MD committees which are useless likely radiation safety "yes Billy Bob no one wears the radiation badges".

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              • #8
                Also depends on who is running the committee meeting and how they are running it. I found that the better prepared the Committee Head is, the less wasted time. And when the MDs are outnumbered by the RNs, the talk grows less relevant.

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                • #9
                  How many of you got paid to be on these committees (and if so, how much)? If being asked to do more work for free, it’s hard for me to say anything but no on principle.

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                  • #10
                    It also depends what department of the hospital you work in. I think it is imperative that if you're from the ED that you try to get someone on almost every committee because almost everything will impact you and they typically see you as the path of least resistance. The stroke committee thinks all we see are strokes, the sepsis committee thinks everyone has sepsis and they tell you as soon as they walk in the door, etc. Sometimes your job is to try to throw a wet blanket on a lot of these dumb ideas that get brought up in some of these committees or at least stall as long as you can and hope that CMS decides to randomly focus on something else.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lithium View Post
                      How many of you got paid to be on these committees (and if so, how much)? If being asked to do more work for free, it’s hard for me to say anything but no on principle.
                      You should definitely get paid to be on these committees. It shouldn't be too far from an average dollar/hour for your specialty and area.

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                      • #12
                        What time are these committee meetings starting?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Brains428 View Post
                          What time are these committee meetings starting?
                          The ones I have been on and are currently on typically start at 7am or 8am. The EM schedule makes it nice to be able to be available for stuff like this.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CordMcNally View Post

                            You should definitely get paid to be on these committees. It shouldn't be too far from an average dollar/hour for your specialty and area.
                            At my former hospital system they pay a flat rate for admin time. Obviously the more productive you are, and the higher paid your specialty, the less appealing this is. Do other hospital systems pay subspecialists more than primary care docs to sit in meetings?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lithium View Post

                              At my former hospital system they pay a flat rate for admin time. Obviously the more productive you are, and the higher paid your specialty, the less appealing this is. Do other hospital systems pay subspecialists more than primary care docs to sit in meetings?
                              That I can't answer. Being on hospital committees is far from a great move financially. It's a great move from a relationship standpoint and to actually bring about some positive change.

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