Part of IDSA’s Physician Compensation Initiative, the ID Compensation Conversations Webinar Series is designed to help ID physicians learn the fundamentals of physician compensation and apply proven strategies to strengthen their negotiation position. Each webinar will feature experts in the field of physician compensation and value-based contracting and will provide an opportunity to ask questions and engage with colleagues.
The disparity in compensation that exists for ID compared to other specialties in medicine in the United States has come into stark light during the pandemic, when ID physicians have been called upon to do more—and often with less.
IDSA physician compensation data, coupled with national multispecialty surveys such as MGMA, AMGA and Sullivan Cotter, have found that ID lags behind nearly all specialties in medicine. While a variety of specialties have experienced higher rates of compensation growth over the last five years, ID physician compensation has been relatively flat over variety of compensation metrics compared to other specialties.
In 2020, the IDSA Board of Directors established a Compensation Strike Team, charged with developing a strategy and implementation plan for increasing ID physician compensation as a key component of IDSA’s Strategic Plan.
Using these findings and understanding that growing our value and ensuring adequate compensation will be an important step to help facilitate the growth and development of the ID workforce to meet existing and emerging needs, IDSA launched the Physician Compensation Initiative that aims to achieve two overarching goals:
To implement this effort, a Compensation Task Force, composed of ID physicians from a representative array of settings, was convened to implement the Strike Team’s Recommendations.
Membership connects individuals working in the field of infectious diseases to the broader community of ID and to the collective voice that speaks authoritatively on a host of issues critical to every ID specialist.