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Surgeons-for-hire ease ER loads

The Tennessean, January 26, 2009

For more hospitals, finding general surgeons to treat emergency room patients has become a bigger challenge as experienced doctors opt out of late-night call rotations or more physicians choose specialty practices. The trend has sparked the use of more temporary surgeons by hospitals. Hospital administrators say hiring doctors for these short-term assignments helps compensate for the fact that comparatively fewer general surgeons are coming out of medical school and residencies.