Interim Physicians Blog

Interim Physicians finds its groove in Atlanta (and we’re just getting started)

Posted by Nick Aldridge on Apr 25, 2019 9:20:20 AM

You may know this city for its sultry summer heat or that it’s home to the world’s busiest airport, but you might not know that Atlanta is an integral hub for the locum tenens industry. In fact, Atlanta is home to some of the largest and most well-established locum companies in the country.

On that list is Interim Physicians (IP), and our Regional Atlanta office ensures the organization has a meaningful and vital presence in an essential city (and region).

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Dr. Ken's Corner: Is it Burnout or Boredom?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 27, 2019 9:29:24 AM
Burnout among physicians is much higher than burnout in the general population. But could it be that many physicians diagnosed with burnout are actually suffering from boredom? Here are some of the synonyms listed under the heading of boredom: apathy, weariness, dissatisfaction, frustration, restlessness, lack of enthusiasm, lack of interest, lack of concern. And here's the AMA's definition of burnout: "emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lost sense of accomplishment." Sounds like boredom and burnout go hand-in-hand.
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Topics: Physician Burnout

Dr. Ken's Corner: Is Telemedicine the New Frontier?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Feb 21, 2019 3:35:15 PM

Robotic surgery, gene therapy, and deep brain stimulation are so-called "frontiers" of medicine.  Now there's a new frontier--telemedicine. "Research firm IHS Markit estimates that telemedicine visits will soar from 23 million in 2017 to 105 million by 2022" (Associated Press, 2/6/19). By then, one in ten doctors' visits could be via telemedicine. This could be an understatement if practitioners, health systems, and investors keep discovering new ways to expand telemedicine's reach.

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Topics: Dr. Ken's Corner, Telemedicine

Interim Physicians is a Best of Staffing® Award Winner for the third year!

Posted by Saralynn White on Feb 6, 2019 12:51:10 PM

We are thrilled to announce that Interim Physicians is a Best of Staffing® Award Winner for Client and Talent Satisfaction for the third year.

This award is very meaningful because it's based on a survey completed by clients, physicians, and advanced practitioners who’ve worked with Interim in the past year. 

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Dr. Ken's Corner: Leaving Practice for a While? Think Reentry

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jan 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Despite reports of burned out doctors abandoning their careers, many other doctors simply want some time off -- perhaps a year or more -- to take a breather, spend time with family, or take a sabbatical abroad. The AMA warns that leaving clinical practice for an extended period of time should not be taken lightly: "Lack of retraining before reentry raises questions about patient safety and the clinical competence of reentered physicians." Doctors need to be aware that, "getting back in the game is expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes nearly impossible. So before you take a hiatus from medicine, ask yourself--can you afford it?" (medpage.com)

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Topics: Physician Burnout, Dr. Ken's Corner, Education

Dr.  Ken's Corner: Why the Decline in Office Visits to Primary Care Physicians?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Dec 20, 2018 3:23:11 PM

Office visits to primary care physicians declined by 18 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to a recent study by the Health Care Cost Institute.  The HCCI analysts limited their observations to adults younger than age 65 with employer-sponsored health insurance.  When other patients were included, "they noted a 2 percent decrease in all PCP office visits from 2012 to 2016" (medscape.com).  The question is "Why?"

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Topics: Primary Care Physician, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Urgent Care