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Dr. Ken's Corner: Erasing the Stigma of Physician Depression

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Nov 20, 2017 2:29:40 PM

The high incidence of depression among physicians can no longer be ignored.  Several recent reports show that every segment of the profession is at risk, from medical students and residents in training to mid-career physicians and those nearing retirement.

One study found that approximately 25% of medical students and residents suffer from clinically significant symptoms of depression (stat news.com).  Another shows that both men and women are highly susceptible to depression during their internship year, but that women are at significantly higher risk than men (healthday.com).  The three biggest challenges they face are (1) work-life balance, (2) dealing with time pressures, and (3) fear of failure or making a serious mistake (2016 Medscape survey).

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Topics: burnout, depression, physician burnout, physician depression

Dr. Ken’s Corner: Hospital Admissions Stall As Outpatient Services Soar

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Oct 26, 2017 11:38:53 AM

The shift from inpatient care to outpatient care is the new normal, and hospitals are being forced to deal with the bottom-line consequences.  Hospital beds are being replaced by thousands of ambulatory surgery centers, free-standing emergency rooms, and urgent-care centers.  “In the early 1990s, outpatient care accounted for only 10% to 15% of hospital revenue.  Today, that figure is closer to 60%” (modern healthcare.com).

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Topics: Dr. Ken Teufel, Dr. Ken's Corner, hospital, outpatient services

Interim Physicians Named a 2017 Largest Locum Tenens Staffing Firm

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Oct 11, 2017 11:29:34 AM

For the second consecutive year, Interim Physicians has been named Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) 12th largest locum tenens staffing company in the United States. This impressive standing among elite staffing firms ranks Interim Physicians 12th among the 16 firms that produced at least $25 million of annual revenue in 2016.

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Topics: locum tenens, staffing firm, award, Staffing Industry Analysts

Dr. Ken's Corner: Rural Hospitals Face Threats to Survival

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Sep 25, 2017 3:58:41 PM

Every day, thousands of Americans receive quality patient care from locum tenens physicians representing almost every specialty and sub-specialty.  The vast majority of these doctors practice in urban settings, most of them likely unaware that the idea behind locum tenens staffing had its humble origins in rural America.  It all began as a way to provide relief to overworked primary care physicians in underserved communities in Texas and the Intermountain West.

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Topics: locum tenens, Dr. Ken Teufel, hospital coverage, hospital medicine, rural medicine

Locum Tenens Jobs — A Helpful Transition for Soon-to-Retire Physicians

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Sep 13, 2017 3:06:44 PM

After decades of saving lives, many physicians approaching retirement find it hard to have a smooth transition to the next phase of their lives. Most of them are just not ready yet to stop practicing medicine. Fortunately, there are now locum tenens jobs they can take to help them slowly ease into their retirement years.

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America’s Aging Population Needs More Orthopedic Surgeons

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Sep 11, 2017 9:16:27 AM

More than 80 million Americans today belong to the demographic of Baby Boomers, the generation of people born between 1946 and 1964. They make up almost 25 percent of the overall population in the country. With their age and population size, Baby Boomers are a huge factor in the increasing demand for medical services and physicians, including orthopedic surgeons.

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