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Locum Tenens Frequently Asked Questions

For those unfamiliar, locum tenens is a Latin phrase meaning “to hold the place of,” or in layman’s terms: a temporary physician. Locums physicians provide temporary coverage to hospitals and facilities across the country, helping them cover their bottom line and provide care where it’s needed most. Please click here if you'd like to learn more about…
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Young Physicians Can Benefit From Working Locum Tenens

As a new doctor, you’re probably beginning to feel the pressures of post-grad life. Student loans and landing a “real job” are two big concerns among many young physicians. However, locum tenens can offer some relief, and teaming up with a locum tenens agency can make the experience that much easier. Not only do you…
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The Scary World of Doctor Google

With a wealth of information accessible at your fingertips, it’s no surprise that roughly one third of patients turn to the web for medical research. What was once saved for the privacy of a doctor’s office can now be found across the internet. However, like with anything, there are positive and negative effects of turning…
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National Medical License on the Horizon?

As a practicing physician, you know what it takes to obtain your state medical license. You may even have multiple. If you’re a locum tenens doctor who frequently travels state to state for assignments this is especially true. But what if there were no state licenses, and instead only one, national medical license? This is…
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10 Reasons to Love Working Locum Tenens

Whether you’re fresh out of residency, halfway through your career or, nearing retirement, it’s never too late to make a change in your career. There are several reasons many physicians are drawn to locum tenens. Competitive pay, the opportunity to travel, and ability to gain experience in a variety of settings are just to name a…
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Top 5 Online Resources for New Physicians

As a new physician, life post-residency may seem intimidating or challenging. But never fear, there is help out there. With almost everything in our lives centered around technology, it only makes sense that the first place a young physician would seek out help is online. But the internet is a vast place – where do…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Direct Primary Care Gains Traction

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Is there such a thing as a "stress-free" way to practice medicine?  Not really.  But many primary care physicians are rediscovering the joy of practicing medicine by shifting from the stress-filled fee-for-service model to the more relaxed pace of direct primary care.  In its purest form, direct primary care cuts out…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Be Wary of FDA-Designated “Breakthrough” Drugs

By: Dr. Ken Teufel When the FDA says a new drug is a "breakthrough," does that mean it's clearly better than what's already out there? Since 2012, the FDA has been empowered by Congress to label a drug as a "breakthrough therapy" if preliminary clinical evidence suggests it has an advantage over existing options.  Since…
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Top 5 Reasons to be a Locum Tenens Physician (Infographic)

Considered working locum tenens but still not sure if it’s the right fit for you? Check out the infographic below to see the top five benefits of working locum tenens. Then, visit Interim Physicians' Locum Tenens Jobs page to find your perfect assignment, or call 800-226-6347 to speak with a skilled physician recruiter.
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: First Ever Guidelines Issued for Prescribing Opioids

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Think twice before writing that prescription for a pain-relieving opioid. That's the clear, strong message from the CDC in its attempt to curb the growing "epidemic" of pain killer abuse and opioid-related deaths. According to CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., sales of opioids such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet have quadrupled since…
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