A physician job share is where two or more physicians share one position and equitably divide the work. Because they share one position, they also share patients. It is common for one patient to be seen and treated by all physicians in the job share.
One of the most significant benefits experienced by patients stems from the idea that “two heads are better than one”- meaning a patient benefits from the experience and education of multiple physicians. This can prove particularly helpful in specialty departments and internal medicine practices.
Patients also benefit from increased access and continuity of care when their physicians are in a job share. Typically, if one physician in the job share is unavailable, the other physician will be. This ensures that a patient can be seen sooner by a physician that is fully aware of their health history and conditions. A patient can expect to receive the same continuity of care that they would normally.