Category Archives: Physician Careers

The Importance of Second Opinions

As a physician, locum tenens or not, coming up with the correct diagnosis a hundred percent of the time is not an easy thing to do. In fact, more than 20% of patients seeking second opinions were found to be misdiagnosed by their primary care provider, according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic. Among…
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Creating Your Medical Curriculum Vitae (CV)

As a locum tenens physician, your medical curriculum vitae (CV) is often the first impression you give and is what helps you stand out among the crowd. That's why when creating your medical CV, it’s important to make sure all relevant education, training, and work history is front and center. Keeping your credentials and qualifications clear,…
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Three Common Communication Mistakes Doctors Make

In healthcare, communication is everything. While clinical skills and a vast medical knowledge knowledge are very important, great interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate well with your patients can definitely play a part in your success as a physician. Even though it may not be taught in medical school, how you communicate with your…
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Why Being a Doctor is Worth It

There's no doubt about it: being a doctor is a lot of work. As soon as medical school begins, you know there will be a long journey ahead of you. Student loans add up quickly, and the gratification of being a physician is delayed more so than other professions. This leads many to wonder, is…
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Successful Doctors Do These Three Things

As a resident or fellow, you'll likely be on call overnight and on the weekends. As any new resident, you’ll probably be nervous the first time and unsure of your newly developed skills. Though, this won't always be the case, as over time you’ll gain the skills and experience you need to be able to confidently ask the…
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Top Challenges Facing 2017’s Physicians

2016 had it's own share of challenges for physicians: changes in physician reimbursement, a long presidential election and what the uncertain consequences will mean healthcare, and maintaining positive patient satisfaction scores -- just to name a few. This year has it's fair share of challenges physicians will continue to face, such as MACRA and prior authorization reimbursements.…
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New Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Created by the Federation of State Medical Boards to bring doctors and patients together, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact offers a fast and easy way for eligible physicians to become licensed in multiple states. As of earlier of this year, the Compact has been implemented in eighteen U.S. states, with others expected to adopt soon. These…
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Which Medical Specialty Experiences Burnout the Most?

According to a recent Mayo Clinic study, more than half of U.S. doctors have suffered from burnout, and  The American Medical Association has even called it a “top physician issue.” Physician burnout usually starts with exhaustion and can spiral down into feelings of cynicism, loss of enthusiasm, low sense of personal accomplishment—or even depression and…
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The Future of Primary Care

With the latest election, the future of healthcare, and specifically primary care, in the United States has become increasingly more uncertain. Things like, changing from a fee-for-service to value-based care, new regulatory requirements, and moving more from independent practices to larger healthcare systems have left primary care physicians (PCPs) unsure of what’s to come and how they will be affected. Additionally,…
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Why Do Doctors and Hospitals Choose Locum Tenens Staffing?

While the concept of locum tenens staffing is a few decades old, its popularity among physicians and facilities alike has increased over time. Today, the healthcare industry relies heavily on locum tenens physicians and nurses. Many doctors choose locum tenens to gain a broader experience in different facilities around the country and have the option to…
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