Following are variouis practice models where a traumatologist can survive:
Support from partners for mentorship and practice is ideal.
Educate non-trauma partners that trauma is financially feasible and desirable (1)
Complex cases require experience not always possessed by recent graduates. Seek help of other traumatologists.
One PA per Full Time Equivalent (FTE) trauma surgeon. Whether or not the hospital supports this financially, it is revenue-neutral to revenue-gaining concept, depending on use.
Having multiple PA's for a larger practice will help retention of those PA's. Call is shared, rounds are covered by PA with MD backup/review. OR assist frees another MD to do more/separate work. Therapy (PT) as part of a larger group practice, provided trauma payor mix supports it (area/locale dependent).
1. Financial Impact of a Dedicated Orthopaedic Traumatologist on a Private Group Practice