Explore this issue:October 2013
If you are a physician considering employment with a hospital or private practice in which hospital medical staff privileges will be needed, or you are currently employed by a hospital or private practice and have medical staff privileges, it is imperative that you understand your rights as an employee and as a member of the hospital’s medical staff, and the interplay between those two roles.
Employment Agreement and Hospital Medical Staff Bylaws
As an employee of a hospital or private practice, you will have an employment agreement that governs the terms of your employment. In addition, if you are on the hospital’s medical staff, you will also be subject to the hospital’s medical staff bylaws, which govern the terms of your staff membership and clinical privileges. At the onset of an employment relationship, many physicians focus heavily on the terms of their employment agreements, while they often ignore the terms of the medical staff bylaws. This could lead to unexpected surprises (usually toward the end of the employment relationship), since both documents need to be read in conjunction with each other.