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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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.