Approximately one in 25 patients will contract at least one infection during their stay in the hospital. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the number of hospital acquired infections has dropped slightly since 2011, according to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011 about 4 percent of patients developed an infection while in the hospital. That number is now down to 3.2 percent (2015 data). (The CDC’s findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, November 1, 2018.)
For the third consecutive year, Interim Physicians has been named to the list of Largest Locum Tenens Staffing Firms in the U.S. by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). This impressive standing among elite staffing firms ranks Interim Physicians at #11 (up from #12 last year) among the firms that produced at least $25 million of annual revenue in 2017.
This is a noteworthy accomplishment for Interim, and we couldn’t have done it without the wonderful healthcare facilities and physicians we work with every day. It's also thanks to our talented and dedicated sales and support teams.
Telling burned out physicians they need to learn how to cope better with stress is not working. Despite numerous programs designed to improve physician "resilience," the rate of physician burnout keeps climbing. With overall burnout estimates ranging from 30% to 68%, a recent study reveals that there's one subset of physicians with a rate of only 13.5% -- primary care physicians in solo or small practices (Journal American Board of Family Medicine, July-August 2018).
Doctors can add another risk factor when taking a patient's history--loneliness. A strong body of evidence now shows that lonely people are more likely to become ill and die early. Heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and suicide have all been linked to chronic loneliness. And studies show that Americans, young and old alike, are lonelier than ever.
It’s September 2018 – Women in Medicine Month, as declared by the American Medical Association (AMA) – and today there are 333,833 female physicians practicing in the U.S. Conversely, there were about 200 women physicians in 1960 (to quote a campaign from that era: "You’ve come a long way, baby!").
Topics: benefits of working locums, work-life balance, locum lore, Why locum, Michelle Bens DO, AMA, Women in Medicine Month, female physicians, balancing work and family, AWAY suitcase giveaway, Do men and women doctor differently, reclaim some of your time
To celebrate Women in Medicine Month (sponsored by the American Medical Association) we wrote about one of our favorite female physicians, Dr. Michelle Bens. September's Women in Medicine Month serves as a platform to showcase the accomplishments of female physicians and highlights advocacy needs related to professional concerns of women physicians and health issues affecting women patients.
Topics: American Medical Association, Emergency Medicine, Why locum, Doctors are choosing locum tenens, Michelle Bens DO, Michigan State University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI, Charleston, SC, AMA, Women in Medicine Month