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Crossing State Lines: New Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Posted by Lauren Garvey on May 15, 2017 9:44:59 AM

Applying for multiple state licenses one at a time can be time-consuming and tedious. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact aims to fix this. Learn what the Compact is and what it means for you as a locum tenens physician, below.

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Topics: Federation of State Medical Boards, healthcare legislature, Interstate Commission, Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, locum tenens, Our Blog, physician careers, state medical license, The Compact

The Locum Life: Which One Are You?

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

No matter your specialty or stage of your career, locum tenens can be a great fit for any physician or advanced practitioner. Whether you’re recently graduated, in the middle of your career, a mom trying to balance it all, or a seasoned physician nearing retirement, the locum life can offer you the career flexibility, work-life balance, and adventure you crave.

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Topics: locum tenens, travel, physician careers, locums

Dr. Ken's Corner: Do Threats of Malpractice Suits Improve Patient Care?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jan 30, 2017 10:29:55 AM

The U.S. medical malpractice system deters physician negligence.  True or false?  A recent study by the American College of Surgeons looked at whether or not stronger malpractice laws prevent surgical complications (Journal of the ACS, December 16, 2016).  The widespread assumption has generally been that a strong malpractice environment equates with a better quality of patient care.  Not so, says the ACS.

“Measures of malpractice environment did not have significant, consistent associations with post-operative outcomes.”  Looking state-by-state, the study found that the strength of tort reform legislation has no apparent effect on improving patient outcomes.  Another unexpected (and unexplained) finding: States with the strongest laws in place are associated with a greater incidence of post-op complications—sepsis, pneumonia, acute renal failure, deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Topics: ACS, defensive medicine, Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, Journal of the ACS, malpractice suits, patient care, physician careers, surgical complications

Get the Job You Want by Building a Strong Relationship with Your Recruiter

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Jan 11, 2017 3:29:24 PM

 

As a practicing physician, we understand you’re busy. Between taking care of patients, long hours of paperwork, taking care of your family, and trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance, you have a lot on your plate.

As we’ve discussed previously, locum tenens is a great way to help you achieve a better work-life balance. However, if you’re new to the industry, the vast amount of information out there can be overwhelming.

One of the easiest ways to make the transition to locum tenens is by teaming up with a skilled physician recruiter. Not only can working with a recruiter help you save time, they will also help you land the right job for you.

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Topics: interim physicians, locum tenens, Our Blog, physician careers, physician recruiter

Dr. Ken's Corner: Is a Mandatory Retirement Age for Doctors on the Horizon?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jun 28, 2016 2:04:42 PM

Airline pilots have to retire at age 65. Air traffic controllers have to retire at age 56. Yet, doctors are allowed to keep on working well past any predetermined retirement age.

"Given the high-risk nature of practicing medicine, some are asking if mandatory cutoff ages and cognitive and physical examinations" should be required for all aging physicians, especially surgeons "whose slightest slip-up can cause irreparable harm to patients" (Modern Healthcare, June 11, 2016).

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Topics: Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, physician careers, retirement

Physicians Working in Retirement: Myths Vs. Reality

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Mar 10, 2016 12:00:32 PM

As a physician, being a doctor is “who you are.” As retirement nears, it’s often difficult to walk away from such an important piece of your personal identity. Because of this, many soon-to-be retired or semi-retired physicians hang onto their stethoscopes longer and work well past the traditional retirement age of 65.

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Topics: locum tenens, Our Blog, physician careers, retirement, working in retirement

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