Sunday, October 31, 2010

Locum Tenens

Locum is short for locum tenens and is suggestive of a person who temporarily fulfills the duties of another. The fact that doctors, among other professions, can participate in services like this makes finding the best work environment a little easier.

A Doctor's Temp Agency

As a student I wonder what environment I'll be in and what happens if it is not the right fit 6 months after starting there. Locum doctors have an advantage in that they fill in for vacationing physicians or where there is a medical need for a temporary period of time. They can test the waters and if it is a good fit may actually be offered an extended position. The difficult part is organizing the malpractice insurance, credentials, contracts and travel arrangements. Fortunately, there are locum agencies already in place to help facilitate the process for the already busy physician.

These services provide communities and hospitals with the medical help they need while providing unique opportunities for physicians to explore different areas of the country. Locum jobs can be found in almost every state and almost any specialty. Due to the stressful nature of being transient, these positions often pay more than a permanent position would. Conversely, it can be difficult to establish a "welcome" feeling among patients and staff as locums are always on the move. In any case, the idea of being a "substitute doctor" could provide a rather interesting opportunity and is something definitely worth checking out.

Question of the Week

When getting pimped by the doctor, there's always a good feeling after giving the right answer. It's even better when you hit a home run. Apparently, no student had answered this question correctly on my doctor's service...until now. At least it made up for a few of the wrong answers I gave throughout the month.

Considering the Tricyclic antidepressants or TCAs, which are tertiary amines and which are secondary amines?

Answer & Explanation (Page 2; Heading 3)

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