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 freedom to choose your own schedule, work environment, and location is intriguing to many physicians, but how do you go about landing a great locum tenens assignment? Begin by working with a staffing agency like Interim Physicians to find the ideal job for you, then follow these seven easy steps to land your next locums assignment.
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When taking on a new assignment, it’s important that you fully understand your locum tenens contract. Typically, locum tenens agreements are more straightforward than permanent contracts due to the independent contractor status, and your recruiter should do a good job of explaining everything in the agreement before you sign. Still, it is always a good idea to have some previous knowledge of your own.
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Ninety four percent of healthcare facilities reported using locum tenens physicians in 2016, and the reason is clear: locum tenens physicians provide fast coverage and quality patient care when and where it’s needed most.