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Physician Employment & Contracting

Physicians are increasingly entering into employment and other contractual relationships with hospitals, group practices, and other entities. The AMA offers a variety of resources to help meet the unique needs of this growing population of physicians.

New Resource - AMA Annotated Model Physician-Group Practice Employment Agreement

  • List Price: $149
  • AMA Member Price: Free

The Annotated Model Physician-Group Practice Employment Agreement is a valuable resource for physicians, group practice owners, and their respective professional advisors who want to be prepared to negotiate employment agreements.

AMA Principles for Physician Employment

Adopted at the 2012 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, the AMA Principles for Physician Employment are intended to help physicians, those who employ physicians, and their respective advisors identify and address some of the unique challenges employment presents to professionalism and the practice of medicine.

Now Available - AMA Principles for Physician Employment Webinar
This 90-minute webinar (1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits), jointly produced by the AMA and the American Bar Association, provides an overview of the Principles and their application to real-world situations in which the interests of the employer may differ from those of the physician and his or her patients.

Model employment agreements

NEW - Annotated Model Physician-Group Practice Employment Agreement

  • List Price: $149
  • AMA Member Price: Free

The Annotated Model Physician-Group Practice Employment Agreement is a valuable resource for physicians, group practice owners, and their respective professional advisors who want to be prepared to negotiate employment agreements.

Annotated Model Physician-Group Practice Employment Agreement--View the table of contents.

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Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement

  • List Price: $149
  • AMA Member Price: Free

The Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement addresses the specific needs of physicians who are preparing to negotiate employment contracts with hospitals or related entities.

Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement

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Educational webcasts

Negotiating Your Employment Contract
Organized Medical Staff Section webcast

AMA Principles for Physician Employment
Jointly produced by the AMA and the American Bar Association -- CME credit available

Employment Contracting: What to Ask For and How to Ask For It
Organized Medical Staff Section webcast

Contracting 101: You Get What You Negotiate
Resident and Fellow Section webcast

Negotiate with Confidence: Know What's in Your Contract
Resident and Fellow Section webcast

Physician compensation and benchmarking data

AMA Annotated Model Employment Agreements

Refer to Chapter 5 of the AMA Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement and to Sections 1-7 of the AMA Annotated Model Physician-Group Practice Employment Agreement for detailed information on physician compensation.

External resources

A number of organizations compile data on physician compensation, which may be of great use to physicians negotiating employment contracts:

Physician employment opportunities - JAMA Career Center

Visit the JAMA Career Center to search for physician employment opportunities.

JAMA Career Center presents physician career opportunities, news, and information relevant to the full spectrum of medical practice. Job postings are available from virtually every specialty, practice setting, and region in the United States. The site also presents selected international physician employment and physician volunteer opportunities, as well as essential reference matter for physicians mapping career strategy and navigating key transition points.

AMA Physician Assistance Service

As a benefit of membership, the AMA is pleased to provide assistance to individual physicians in matters pertaining to their relationships with hospitals, health systems, and other similar entities. While the AMA cannot provide legal opinions or representation, we are dedicated to answering physician questions and providing advice on physician-hospital issues such as employment and contracting, medical staff bylaws, credentialing, peer review, due process, medical staff self governance, and more.

AMA members may take advantage of the Physician Assistance Service by completing a brief online form, and an AMA expert on physician-hospital/health system relations will contact you to discuss your questions or concerns.