It’s National Women in Medicine Month and we're celebrating all 389,750 women physicians practicing in the United States. We have the honor of working with great female physicians every day and we recognize that women have distinct professional aspirations (per a survey from the American Medical Association. About 80 percent of female physicians want more options that help them address the struggles of balancing work and family. What’s more, 97 percent of women physicians said they want the option to have a flexible work schedule.
When work hours for residents in training were capped at 80 hours per week, two questions came up:
- Will residents have enough time to learn everything they need to know?
- Will the residents' future patients suffer as a consequence?
The study's investigators faced persistent "speculation that physicians completing residency today have less robust clinical experience before entering unsupervised practice compared with pre-reform residency cohorts" (per July 2019 BMJ research.) They assumed, however, that "it might also be possible that residents who are less fatigued consolidate their knowledge better and have equivalent or greater clinical competency both during and after residency."
The summer is winding down, and the weather is perfect for rooftop dining. We know travel is a big part of your life as a locum tenens physician, so we found some unique outdoor, elevated restaurants you won’t want to miss if you’re near one of these hot spots.
- Three-Sixty in St. Louis, Missouri. This swanky rooftop bar offers a 360-degree view of St. Louis and it’s right in the heart of downtown. Sip a cocktail (or three) while you take in the panoramic views of the infamous Gateway Arch and the twinkling city lights shimmering on the mighty Mississippi River. The smoked salmon chips and the crispy spinach tots are two of our foodie favorites, and you can’t miss the Island in the Sky cocktail with Captain Morgan 100, Tiki Lovers pineapple rum, Don’s cinnamon mix, almond and lime. It’s meant to be shared but we won’t tell if you drink the whole thing yourself.
Topics: Locum Tenens Travel Tips
You know what they say – “Everything’s bigger in Texas” – which holds true for the locum tenens industry, especially in Dallas. A burgeoning healthcare hub, the Lone Star state’s third largest city boasts a growing labor market and a progressive healthcare environment with major growth in the healthcare staffing and services sector.
“There are plenty of reasons to be in Dallas. The incredible market of healthcare providers is just one,” says Dom Antonino, Regional VP of Interim Physicians. “The Dallas economy has always been a big draw for locum tenens staffing, which is why we’ve made it a point to have a regional office here.”
Moonlighting, freelancing, substituting, contracting…whatever you call it, physicians working as locum tenens dates back to the seventies – 1979 in our case – and in this year 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 medical 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). 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).
Only two countries worldwide allow direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs: The United States and New Zealand. Over 20 years (1997 to 2016) DTC prescription drug advertising in the U.S. increased from $1.3 billion to $6 billion "with a shift toward advertising high-cost biologics and cancer immunotherapy" (JAMA Network, January 1/8, 2019). According to the JAMA-published study, pharmaceutical companies bombarded the American consumer with 4.6 million ads in 2016. This includes 663,000 TV commercials (compared to 72,000 in 1997). The authors' conclusions: "Despite the increase in marketing over 20 years, regulatory oversight remains limited."
Topics: Dr. Ken's Corner