Interim Physicians Blog

Dr. Ken's Corner: Rural Physicians Workforce in Jeopardy

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jan 9, 2020 2:56:11 PM

On its current path, the nation's rural physician workforce will decline by nearly 25% in ten years. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), there are currently 12 physicians per 10,000 rural residents. However, this number is projected to take a dramatic drop, falling to 9.4 per 10,000 by 2030, primarily because of the large number of rural physicians who will be reaching retirement age. In comparison, the supply of non rural physicians is expected to remain steady at about 30 physicians per 10,000 population. In other words, in 2030, there will be one third as many rural practicing physicians per capita than those practicing in urban and suburban areas.

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Dr. Ken's Corner: landmark report addresses physician burnout

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Nov 20, 2019 12:17:45 PM

It's not the doctor's fault – blame the system! That's the underlying message in the landmark report released October 23, 2019 by the prestigious National Academy of Medicine. "You can't just teach doctors meditation, yoga, and self-care. We need big, fundamental changes," said Christine Cassel, M.D., professor of medicine at University of California at San Francisco and co-chair of the committee of experts who wrote the report. "What this report is saying is that this is a systemic problem that requires systemic solutions." It's time to stop blaming the victim.

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Dr. Ken's Corner: surgeons can achieve pain control with fewer opioids

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Oct 24, 2019 9:45:25 AM

Surgeons are finding that they can prescribe fewer pain-killing opioids after surgical procedures and still achieve effective pain relief. "In the months after new guidelines went into place [in Michigan], the number of opioid pills being prescribed to surgery patients fell by one-third overall, yet there was no change in patients' satisfaction with their pain control." The findings were published in the August 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "This isn't just about reducing opioid use," said lead researcher Dr. Jocelyn Vu. "It's also about giving patients the best care for their pain.”

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We've been named a Largest Locum Tenens Staffing Firm for the 4th year!

Posted by Saralynn White on Oct 4, 2019 11:48:37 AM


Interim Physicians has been named to the list of Largest Locum Tenens Staffing Firms in the U.S. by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) for the fourth consecutive year.

We couldn’t have done it without the wonderful healthcare facilities, physicians, and advanced practitioners we work with every day and we extend our thanks to each of you. Our talented and dedicated sales and support teams are the best in the industry and this noteworthy accomplishment is proof positive of their ongoing commitment to change lives every day.

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Dr. Ken's Corner: new standards for surgical care of the elderly

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Sep 24, 2019 3:25:09 PM

More than 40 percent of inpatient operations and 33 percent of outpatient procedures are performed on older adults each year in the United States. And that number is expected to mushroom as the boomer population ages (per a July 2019 article from AARP). To improve the surgical experience for patients 75 and older, the American College of Surgeons has released 30 patient-centered standards of care. It's called the Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program. It was developed over a four-year period with input from over 50 stakeholders, including hospitals, patients, and providers.

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4 inspiring women who changed the course of medicine

Posted by David Shorette on Sep 19, 2019 11:52:30 AM

September is Women in Medicine Month and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to honor the incredible contributions of these four female trailblazers.

1. Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D.

The first woman to earn the M.D. degree from an American medical school, Blackwell was told her dream of being a physician was a good idea, but impossible: such education was not available to women. She applied to every medical school in New York and Philadelphia and was finally accepted at New York’s Geneva Medical College on a fluke.

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Topics: Locum Tenens Lifestyle, Women in Medicine