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Thinking about going locum? You're not alone.

Posted by Saralynn White on Jul 12, 2018 12:53:24 PM

Moonlighting, freelancing, substituting, contracting…whatever you call it, physicians working as locum tenens dates back to the seventies – 1979 in our case – and in 2018 more patients need health care and more healthcare facilities need your medical skills. It’s a growing job market!

The pool of qualified doctors who want to work as locum tenens is growing, too, in part because the profession is plagued by dissatisfaction, depression, and burnout. In fact, burnout rates are twice as high for medicine than other fields (per the Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report for 2018). It’s one reason locum tenens holds such appeal for doctors of all ages and experience levels. Healthcare experts even suggest that bringing in locum tenens doctors can elevate the quality of a care at hospitals because it gives staff physicians time off (to help prevent burnout). 

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Topics: Why locum, The growing locum job market, Locum tenens as a full-time career option, Doctors are choosing locum tenens

Beat the heat (and high admission rates) this summer with locum tenens

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Jul 5, 2018 9:35:28 AM

Summer is officially here! That means pool parties, barbecues, picnics at the park, and some fun in the sun; however, summertime is also time for higher traffic at urgent cares, hospitals, and emergency rooms across the country. Dehydration, sun and food poisoning, and rapid alcohol consumption are just a few common culprits that can cause a rise in admissions during the summer holiday season. This is especially true during summer holidays, like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

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Topics: summer, emergency room, locum tenens holiday coverage, holiday coverage

Dr. Ken's Corner: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Show Dramatic Drop

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jun 20, 2018 12:38:14 PM

Recent efforts to make hospitals safer seem to be paying off.  The goal is an ambitious one, to say the least: to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 1.8 million from 2014 to 2019, a 20% reduction that will save 19.1 billion dollars in hospital costs (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).  Optimism is growing that this goal may be attainable.

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Topics: burnout, hospital medicine, physician burnout, hospital

We're Celebrating National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day!

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Jun 5, 2018 11:23:27 AM

Tuesday, June 5 is National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day, and we’d like to take a moment today to thank our Physician Recruiters for all of their hard work and dedication. Our recruiters are an imperative part of the locum tenens puzzle, and they allow us to help change lives by pairing quality physicians and advance practitioners with facilities and patients all across the country. Without our talented team of recruiters, millions of those who rely on locum tenens every day would go without the care they desperately need.

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Topics: physician recruiter, National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day

Dr. Ken's Corner: More Patients Going Online to Choose Their Doctors

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on May 31, 2018 11:44:57 AM

Choosing the "right" doctor is one of life's major decisions.  Whether someone is looking for a primary care physician or specialist, asking friends and neighbors for recommendations continues to play a major role.  But today, the ultimate decision on where to go for medical care is likely to be determined by an online image.

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Topics: online ratings and reviews, online reputation, Physician Online Ratings

Hello, the nurse practitioner will see you now

Posted by Lauren Garvey on May 17, 2018 1:24:59 PM

Last week was National Nurses Week, but we think recognition for our talented – and much needed – nursing professionals shouldn’t be limited to a single week. At Interim Physicians, we recognize the hard work and dedication of all nurses and understand our country desperately needs these healthcare professionals. That’s why, in addition to staffing physician jobs, we often work with nurse practitioners (NPs) to place them in locum tenens jobs across the United States.

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Topics: nurse practitioner locum tenens, nurse practitioner

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