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E2214. Radiologist Scheduling via a Low Cost, Highly Transparent System
Authors
  1. Nadine Zeidan; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  2. Cory Pfeifer; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Background
Radiology practices have grown in recent years as a result of mergers and increased physician need. To streamline workflow and promote equity among practitioners, many practices have turned to expensive software that may require extensive rule sets to avoid errors. At the same time, such systems may lack transparency and sometimes generate accounting discrepancies. This exhibit shows a simple method to track scheduling and present scheduling statistics without using special commercial software.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
A simple spreadsheet method to radiologist scheduling is demonstrated. Transparency is emphasized and constantly visible to stakeholders. Additional tips are provided to keep radiologists informed of relative totals at all times.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Using simple spreadsheet software, a simplified scheduling system is shown. Vacation blocking prevents accidental shift scheduling, and a running daily total ensures that an accurate count is being maintained each day. Total shifts can be displayed at the top or bottom of the sheet. A method is included to reveal each radiologist's share of a given rotation. Simple calendar software can be used to enhance transparency in real-time. The spreadsheet shown here can be uploaded to a shared folder with viewable properties for all stakeholders. Comparisons to 2 popular commercial software programs are described. The breakdown can easily be translated to relevant administrative support staff (e.g. payroll accountants, employing companies, etc.). This method can easily be applied to residency programs.

Conclusion
Using a simple spreadsheet program, maximum transparency can be revealed among all practice shareholders. This can result in significant cost savings for a practice.