FAQ for Medical Staff Applicants
Who May Apply to the Medical Staff?
Medical doctors (MD’s and DO’s), podiatrists (DPM) and dentists (DDS and DMD). All others (such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, CRNA’s, and anesthesia assistants, etc.) are considered advanced practice professionals (APPs) and may not apply for membership to the medical staff. However, they may apply for privileges, provided that they meet the criteria set forth in the Medical Staff Bylaws.
Does the same application fee apply to all applicants?
No. The fee for medical staff applicants is $350 and the fee for all allied health applicants is $75. Applicants who plan to join an existing group may be able to make arrangements within that group for payment, but please understand that the Medical Staff Office does not coordinate such arrangements, and the applicant is ultimately responsible for the payment. Payment must be received before any processing will begin. The application fee is non-refundable, so if for any reason your application is denied or you withdraw your application after paying the fee, you will not be entitled to a refund.
What should I expect after returning the completed application?
The application and attachments will be acknowledged by email, letter, and/or phone. (If you have not received an acknowledgement within one week, please contact the Medical Staff Office.) The materials will be thoroughly reviewed and processed. This includes review and verification of credentials, training, references, current and prior affiliations, other information in the application, and other checks and verifications as required by hospital policy. Once all credentialing functions have been completed, your file will be presented to the appropriate Department Chief for review and recommendation. His/her recommendation is brought before the Credentials Committee for review and recommendation. That committee’s recommendation is then reviewed by the Medical Executive Committee, which makes a recommendation to the hospital’s Board of Trustees. The Board makes the final credentialing decision, which will be promptly communicated to you and after your initial orientation. You may then begin exercising your approved privileges at the hospital.
What is the timeframe for the credentialing process?
The credentialing process is a joint effort of the Credentialing Processing Center, the hospital, and the current medical staff committees. We are proud to have a rigorous review process in place. This is for the protection of our patients, our medical staff, and our hospital. You can well understand the need for thoroughness in this very important process. The general timeframe for the entire process is generally around 8-12 weeks, from the time the application is received until final board approval is given. It is prudent to keep this in mind as you consider starting your practice, in relation to when the approval process is completed. Please understand that delays can occur for a number of reasons. The more complete and accurate your application is, the quicker the approval process.
What if I change my mind and wish to withdraw my application?
If you should choose to withdraw your application after submitting it to the Medical Staff Office, written notice must be given. The application fee will not be refunded.
Once I’m on staff, will I have to pay any other fees?
There are no membership or reappointment dues to pay once you are on staff. However, the Bylaws require active staff members to attend at least 50% of both the semi annually medical staff meetings and 50% of their respective department meetings.
Who should I contact with questions?
The orientation package you receive at the time of appointment contains a lot of valuable information, along with the Medical Staff Bylaws. The Medical Staff Office is pleased to assist you with questions you may have about staff membership, the hospital, and the community. We may not have the answers you need, but most of the time we can direct you to a resource that can help. If your questions deal with clinical matters, you may wish to speak to the Chief of your Department or the Chief of Staff.