Interim Physicians Blog

When you’re staffing for the fast-paced world of locum tenens, you have to be quick on the draw

Posted by Nick Aldridge on Aug 22, 2019 11:26:12 AM

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.”

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Topics: Locum Tenens, Physician Recruiting

Thinking about going locum? You're not alone.

Posted by Saralynn White on Aug 14, 2019 12:48:04 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 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). 

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Dr. Ken's Corner: prescription drug marketing faces criticism

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jul 24, 2019 3:33:56 PM

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."

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Topics: Dr. Ken's Corner

Add these top 5 mental health blogs to your 2019 reading rotation

Posted by Nick Aldridge on Jul 18, 2019 9:55:52 AM

As a locum tenens doctor, you’re constantly traveling, adjusting to unfamiliar environments, and interacting with new people. That’s on top of the high-stress that already exists in your job. It can be hectic, that’s for sure.

We want to ensure locums physicians are always prepared with the best resources – it’s imperative that you have the support and knowledge you need to thrive in your profession! Plus, you can benefit by staying up to date on the world of mental health. That's why we compiled our five favorite mental health blogs. We highly recommend you add these to your regular reading rotation:

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Topics: Mental Health, Physician Resources

Dr. Ken's Corner: rural Americans deserve better access to health care

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jun 26, 2019 12:32:22 PM

Despite rural-to-urban migration trends, millions of Americans still live in rural communities. Census figures show that they make up 25% of the nation's total population; yet fewer than 10% of U.S. physicians practice in rural communities, according to the National Rural Health Association. The situation is likely to get worse as older rural physicians retire and new medical school graduates choose high-paying, non-primary care specialties better suited for urban settings.

The consequences are predictable. A new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that one out of every four people living in rural areas said they couldn't get the health care they needed recently. And about a quarter of those said the reason was that their health care location was too far or difficult to get to. 

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Topics: Rural Physician Shortage

6 unique ways to battle physician burnout

Posted by Nick Aldridge on Jun 20, 2019 11:50:00 AM

Physicians spend most of their waking hours caring for and treating others. Often, they’re so focused on their patients that their own issues get little to no attention. It’s no wonder, then, that physician burnout has increased at a staggering rate.

Medscape’s 2019 National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report revealed that 44% of physicians report feeling burned out, experiencing “long-term, unresolvable job stress that leads to exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed, cynical, and detached from the job, and lacking a sense of personal accomplishment.” In fact, physicians represent the highest suicide rate of any profession: one doctor commits suicide in the U.S. daily!

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Topics: Physician Burnout