ERMI, a part of UPMC, is a non-profit corporation. Unlike many other emergency medicine groups, none of the patient care revenue generated by ERMI’s physicians are diverted to corporate shareholders or contract holders. As a non-profit entity, we can focus on patient care and physician satisfaction.
Physician Coverage Structure: ERMI believes that adequate physician coverage is necessary to promote quality patient care and physician satisfaction/longevity. All of our emergency departments have generous physician staffing ratios that allow our physicians to deliver quality care. We do not accept a “meat grinder” approach, and believe that a healthy balance of excellent compensation and strong coverage levels is best for patients and physicians
Flexible Work Options: ERMI offers numerous employment options to suit the needs of today’s physician. This flexibility allows our physicians to choose a balance of compensation and work that best fits their goals.
- Full-time physicians receive a comprehensive benefit package and full incentive plan. The full-time package is available to physicians who work a minimum annual commitment of 1,600 clinical hours, approximately 133 hours per month.
- Permanent part-time physicians receive a partial benefit package and a prorated physician incentive plan. The permanent part-time package is available to physicians who work a minimum annual commitment of 1,040 hours, approximately 86 hours per month. This program has been popular among physicians who want a lower clinical workload, but still need high quality malpractice insurance and health insurance.
- Full-time floater physicians receive a comprehensive benefit package and full incentive plan. They also receive a high hourly rate for agreeing to work at numerous ERMI emergency departments in the region.
- Casual or “moonlighter” physicians receive an hourly rate and paid occurrence based malpractice insurance. These physicians have no annual or monthly commitment.
- Sites: ERMI’s model is to employ physicians at one emergency department, which is identified in the physician's employment agreement. Physicians will not be required to work at any site that is not agreed upon by the physician. ERMI does offer split contracts between two sites as well as “internal moonlighting” options for physicians who want to supplement their compensation with additional clinical time.
Because ERMI serves many hospitals in the region, physicians enjoy the flexibility of working in a system that lets them choose the emergency department setting that best matches their career goals without changing their employer or leaving the area.