Summer is officially here and many physicians are taking vacations to enjoy the sun, spend time with family, and relieve stress — all major benefits for reducing burnout. However, it’s a time of year that can prove nightmarish for schedulers if they’re not prepared to handle their medical department’s surge in time-off requests. A lack of planning or effective scheduling policies for summer vacation requests can make it nearly impossible to coordinate patient demand and physician supply.
Fortunately, there are a few tactics for avoiding such summer scheduling mayhem that create balance and accommodate physicians’ much-needed breaks:
- Forecast patient demand using last year’s data.
- Incentivize shifts during peak patient demand.
- Coordinate physicians’ summer schedules early.
Learn more here about optimizing your department’s summer shift schedule to balance patient demand and physicians’ ideal summer vacations using AI-driven scheduling software.