What Kind of Locum Doctor Are You?
We don’t mean to pigeonhole locums physicians into any one role, but there are some truisms – not stereotypes – about the medical industry. Maybe you relate to one of these characteristic doctors we’ve seen through the years.
This provider is fresh out of residency and looking for a good fit. They are ambitious, so in some cases accepting a permanent position can be a lot like diving into a murky lake. This practitioner chooses to test the waters before he or she accepts a permanent position, using locums as a way to experience different practice settings and/or geographic areas before making a long-term commitment. With the locum tenens agency picking up the tab for medical malpractice insurance, travel costs, rental car, and lodging accommodations, the recent residency-graduate uses locums as a way to focus on safely starting a career (and starting to repay student loans).
When a provider decides that it is time to slow down the practice, the workload decreases. However, the desire to heal tends to linger. The Semi-Retiree accepts locum tenens positions to earning additional income, keep their mind and skills sharp, and to continue to do what he/she loves to do most: heal their patients. When physicians are in greater demand, the semi-retired physician finds that he/she is still in high demand and can dictate a work schedule that allows flexibility to balance the joys of retirement with the fulfillment of continuing to serve patients.
This physician fuses work and play in his or her life. The ability to travel and experience new places is very important to this provider. Balancing hobbies, climate, family, friends, holidays, vacations and many other reasons justify this provider’s reason to offer help in new places. This is a true win-win for the physician who can find this blissful balance.
This physician has his or her sights on ramping up a private practice or LLC. Building a private practice takes time and capital. As the practice expands, the physician engages with locum tenens work in order to supplement assets while the private practice grows.
The MVP (Most Valuable Physician)
This Most Valuable Physician desires to serve a rural or underserved areas starving for physician resources. He or she chooses to work with a remote facility or in some cases multiple facilities at once, to assist in meeting the desperate healthcare needs of the area. Often times this provider becomes well-known and is highly valued in the community which depends on his or her presence. This provider is less concerned about area amenities and is more focused on going to areas where he/she can make the biggest impact.
The “Willing to Lend a Hand” Physician
This locum tenens physician, who we like to think of as a Samaritan, provides assistance during times when there are not enough hands on deck to deliver efficient patient care. This is the very definition of the locum tenens physician. One who assumes his or her post “in place of” another physician whose absence could affect patient care.
So what kind of physician are you? Perhaps you fall into more than one of these categories. Perhaps you fall into a category all your own. Tell us more about why you locum.
No matter what type of locum doctor you consider yourself to be, Consilium Staffing has opportunities to fit your needs and help you achieve your locum goals. Click here to find out more about Consilium, or call us at 877-536-4696.
Written by Byron Talley Recruiting Consultant for Consilium Staffing.