During my years in personal practice and eventually as an employed doctor, I would from time to time consider the current state of health care, my future in this changed market, and how I could reinvent myself.
Sandeep K. Aggarwal, MD, shares the story of his medical profession and the path that led him to select full-time locum tenens over permanent employment.
A sense of discontentment
I had actually constantly remained affiliated with one hospital over the years and saw the modifications in health care go from complete autonomy to near total dependence on managers and policies. There was always talk about worldwide health and while crucial, I felt that our own backyard was likewise in terrific need of service.
Exploring my alternatives
I had heard about locum tenens briefly but had never ever seriously explored even more. I learned that there was greater flexibility and that the locum business had already developed connections with hospitals in these shortage locations.
While a huge change and sacrifice, I believed that now was the time to start. My partner and I were empty nesters, and she was an independent profession female utilized at a big health care system. I didnt have to stress over medical insurance as I was on her plan. I felt I might constantly go back to a used position at some time closer to house once the non-compete clause of my contract expired.
Settling into locums
I was lucky to have connected with an experienced recruiter and through numerous trials, incidents and natural capriciousness of the field, lastly settled into practices in smaller towns. I have because discovered the experiences rather satisfying and fulfilling.
I discover that I can make a difference in these locations where the clients havent had routine and consistent access to neurologists. I feel that if we as healthcare companies can offer our services, then the overall health of the country can improve, and patients can live healthier and more efficient lives. This not only translates to better health results but likewise economic success.
The pros of the locum way of life
As a locum tenens service provider, I have the capability to not just stay present with the literature however likewise broaden my outside interests. I have actually been able to check out and discover more about a range of pursuits including foreign language, history, and literature in general. Ive messed around in some writing and plan to develop further.
I would state that the greatest pro of working as a locum tenens supplier is offering service to underserved locations. I have actually fulfilled exceptional and friendly individuals at my projects. Everyone has been useful and as a group are devoted to providing the very best care possible to their patients.
One can likewise split time between facilities on a weekly or monthly basis to check out the picturesque appeal, demographics, and recreational activities particular to the locale. The very nature of locums enables one to see the country in ways that are more meaningful than simply investing a week or two on vacation or charitable pursuit. One can truly get a sense of individuals and discover their local customs.
And the cons
I had heard about locum tenens briefly but had never ever seriously explored even more. As a locum tenens service provider, I have the ability to not only stay existing with the literature but likewise broaden my outdoors interests. I would state that the greatest pro of working as a locum tenens service provider is providing service to underserved areas. The very nature of locums enables one to see the nation in ways that are more significant than simply investing a week or two on holiday or charitable pursuit. There is constantly the specter of a center no longer needing your services as they have actually employed someone full-time or chosen to change to another locum company.
Cons are the travel and time away from household. With ease of travel nowadays (disallowing COVID) and technology, nevertheless, it is very simple to interact and remain in touch. Obviously, the capriciousness of this line of work presents a greater unfavorable. There is always the specter of a center no longer requiring your services as they have worked with someone full-time or decided to change to another locum business. I find though if the locations are chosen properly where there is a terrific need and recruitment for long-term physicians is hard, task security is more powerful.