Scheduling for your permanent providers at your organization (physicians and staff) is difficult enough on its own. For many organizations, difficulties are compounded with the addition of residents, who are often scheduled on their own system completely separate from other scheduling systems. This makes it difficult to find the right balance of residents and permanent providers.
A great rule-based scheduling system can unite these two systems to create 2 complete schedules for residents and permanent providers and allow administrators to fully understand both schedules, creating a more accurately scheduled organization. Here is how you can benefits by bringing resident scheduling into your rule-based scheduling application:
Find the fight resident/provider balance
With separate scheduling systems, organizations can find that overstaffing or understaffing of permanent providers can happen too easily. This means that you are wasting money having too many staff members on at one time, or spending too much in overtime costs. In one system, you can still schedule residents and permanent providers and view each schedule to ensure there is an optimal balance of residents and providers at all times. What’s more, you can assign residents to permanent providers and ensure the ratio of residents to providers is at the required rate.
Balance residents’ clinical and academic time
You can schedule your residents to ensure they are achieving the required amount of clinical time and academic time required by their program. You can even set the system to ensure each resident works a certain number of hours per day or per week.
With a rule-based scheduling system handling the scheduling of your residents and your providers, you can create numerous reports that track the working requirements of your residents to show they are meeting the requirements of their program. You can also see how a more aligned scheduling system reduces your overtime costs and overstaffing situations.