SCPMG University: Helping New Physicians Adapt and Succeed

SCPMG University: Helping New Physicians Adapt and Succeed

Jeffrey Weisz, MD; Nancy H Spiegel, MS

Winter 2009 - Volume 13 Number 1


In July 2007, the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) launched SCPMG University, a program designed to help newly hired physicians adapt to their positions more quickly and lay the foundation for a successful career within the medical group.


An individual’s first few months with an organization are crucial. During that period, professionals develop a sense of what is important, what the organization expects from them, and what they can expect in return. A study conducted by Texas Instruments showed that new employees who attend an onboarding program reach full productivity two months earlier than those who do not attend.1 Many companies have developed robust onboarding programs for new employees with an eye toward improving both productivity and employee retention.2,3

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