Broadbanding a surgical academic practice salary: A possible score

Eldo E. Frezza, Bradley T. Ewing

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How can we look at productivity in academic centers when surgeons perform different procedures that pay differently? Another dilemma is how they are compensated for teaching medical stu dents, residents, and other surgeons. We also have to compensate them for the types and difficulty of the procedures. We can view this problem as either "making the pie bigger" or "divid ing the pie better. "First, we should focus on how to "divide the pie. "Regardless of the "pie size," the issue of allocation for remuneration purposes is an important issue. "Dividing" the pie is an internal exercise, whereas making the pie "bigger" involves additional internal and external factors. In this paper, we address the issue of dividing the pie in a measurable way. We also address how to score each activity so that bonuses or compensation can be calculated without the "more" productive surgeons effectively subsidizing the "less" productive, a situation that is often detrimental to organizational success. Academic surgeons are very important for teaching new surgeons and medical students; therefore, they should be remunerated adequately. Pay schemes may be developed to improve the retention of highly productive surgeons in the academic environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-226
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Practice Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Academics
  • Benchmark a surgeon
  • Bonuses
  • Broadbanding
  • RVU
  • Salary
  • Score activities
  • Surgical practice


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