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.
We started our story of Justin Moore, MD, with his journey to the ICU. If you’re a patient or the family of a patient, though, says Dr. Moore, “Don’t call me Dr. Moore. I’m your friend. We become friends.” It’s what he values most: “The connection with people helps me overcome every long, long day.”Dr. Moore tells me a story about a man named Rudy and I’m not sure (at first) if Rudy is a friend or a patient. It turns out they became friends while Dr. Moore was treating Rudy’s terminally ill wife. They’re seemingly odd bedfellows, but it becomes clear that patients and friends are one and the same for Dr. Moore.
The first time I spoke with Justin Moore, MD, I felt like I’d known him for years. His enthusiasm is infectious, and he speaks about being a critical care doctor as persuasively as a preacher on Sunday. He’s much more than an evangelist though – he walks the walk. He recently completed a locum tenens assignment with Interim Physicians, and he regaled me with so many stories we may write a regular series about Dr. Moore even though he made my eyes well up more than once. But that’s life in the ICU.Dr. Moore’s journey to the ICU is full of twists and turns. For starters, he never aspired to become a doctor. “It wasn’t something I knew anything about,” he says. His high school GPA was 1.98, and that was before he got kicked out – twice. “I had no direction. None,” says Dr. Moore. “I didn’t even graduate from high school. I got a GED.” It’s true, though he grew up in the sunny citrus and olive groves of the San Juoaquin Valley, the future-doctor Moore’s adolescence wasn’t all sunshine. It took a big change and a lot of help from an unlikely spiritual source to point him in a positive direction.
The potential impact of computer-driven artificial intelligence has divided the physician community into two camps: those who are fearful of AI and those who embrace it. Many mid-career physicians say AI presents a grave risk to preserving the time-honored doctor-patient relationship. On the other hand, newly minted physicians have grown up using computer-driven information and are more likely to accept AI as an exciting and "fun" way to practice medicine.
When was the last time you had a good laugh?
It’s National Humor Month, and the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” couldn’t be more true than in healthcare. Laughter fuels resiliency, and with more than half of physicians reporting symptoms of burnout, laughter is always welcome at hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country.
In 2010, physician-owned hospitals experienced a major setback. That's when the Affordable Care Act banned the construction of new physician-owned hospitals and restricted the expansion of existing POH facilities. Recently the debate over the pros and cons of POHs resurfaced with the introduction of House and Senate bills calling for a repeal of the ban.