Helping Your Employer Help You
Savvy health care employers are willing to underwrite costs that directly improve patient care and access. You may want to explore the possibility of having your employer support you becoming an in-house expert in non-surgical musculoskeletal care if you’re working - or intend to work - in any of the following settings:
- primary care clinics, public or private
- gerontology clinics
- pediatric clinics
- occupational health clinics
- urgent care clinics
- sports medicine clinics
- rheumatology clinics
- employee health centers
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, contact your Human Resources department and ask what kind of assistance is currently available, and how to qualify.
For example, if you are applying to attend the Orthopedic Primary Care (OPC) course:
If your organization doesn’t have a tuition reimbursement program - or if it’s not very extensive - share information about the OPC program with a supervisor or mentor.
- Work with them to assess the number of patients being seen in your practice for complaints of low back pain, neck pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, and repetitive use injuries, to name just a few of the most frequent complaints seen in primary care settings.
- Show them a recent article documenting how most primary care providers are unprepared to address musculoskeletal problems.
- Create a proposal for addressing patient needs and sharing your knowledge with colleagues by becoming the “in-house musculoskeletal expert” and then take that proposal to the decision makers.
Your employer also may be willing to pay all or part of your OPC tuition as part of your employee benefits package.
Tax Incentives for your Employer
As a 501c(3) not-for-profit, and a Board of Registered Nursing- approved continuing education provider, Jackson Orthopedic Foundation accepts donations to its Orthopedic Primary Care Scholarship Fund. Although those funds cannot be designated for individual students, JOF will be happy to provide any additional information employers need, and full documentation of their tax-deductible contribution.
Once an OPC applicant is accepted into the program, they can request a scholarship application.
Please contact Dr. Benham at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your employer need more information.