What is a Surgicalist?

Synergy’s surgicalist model is a hospital-based career path for surgeons that separates private practice work from acute care. Surgicalists are embedded, integral members of hospital-based teams. They serve as physician leaders in their designated communities. Many Synergy Health Partners’ Surgicalists have served the same hospital for nearly ten years.

The surgicalist model provides the ability to serve patients with access to emergent and acute surgical care—even in difficult-to-recruit markets. It increases hospital quality, efficiency, clinical consistency, and in many cases, downstream revenue for hospitals

Our Surgicalists Work as a Team

Our facility-dedicated surgical teams work in coordinated shifts with detailed handoffs to cover emergent, acute, and inpatient consult needs, as well as elective cases as needed. Unlike locum tenens, our surgeons function as integrated and active members of the medical staff and work scheduled shifts at a dedicated facility.

The Synergy Health Partners Model:

  • Restores work-life balance for clinicians
  • Ensures quality of life for skilled surgeons
  • Allows surgeons to enjoy real-time off 
  • Empowers surgeons to focus on their passion for quality patient care rather than on administrative hassles

This is how we attract and support high quality, aligned, and engaged physicians.

Surgicalist Q&A

A: Every contract is different. Generally, a schedule will define a set number of shift days per month. For example, a surgicalist might work 7-10 days a month. A shift equals 24 hours. Schedules are routine making it easy for providers to plan around work requirements.

A: Surgicalists are compensated with a per diem rate that differs based on the needs and requirements of the associated program. Per diem rates for orthopedics typically range from $3,000 – $3,700. The average per diem for general surgeons is $2,200 – $2,500. Some programs provide compensation for travel and housing during scheduled shifts.

A: With Synergy Health Partners, surgicalists are responsible for costs associated with initial state licensure. All additional state licenses obtained by clinicians are paid for by Synergy Health Partners.

A: Medical malpractice coverage is occurrence-based and provided by Synergy Health Partners.

A: Surgicalists are independent contractors. They receive a 1099 tax form annually.

A: Synergy Health Partners is a physician-led organization. Surgicalists are supported by a collaborative team of clinical leadership and Provider Services Specialists that fully integrate with the hospital staff.


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