Beautiful places, wonderful people – from the journal of a locum

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 4, 2014 12:47:00 PM

 

Working as a locum has been quite the adventure. We are into our second year and have been to Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Alaska and Bermuda. The longest job has been two months, and the shortest was a week. My husband has enjoyed working with the people in the clinics he's been to. He says, seeing the patients is the easy part. It's the different computer systems in each office that is the challenge, but his skills have been rapidly improving.

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Change, opportunity, and the chance to pursue our passions (locum tenens, education, activism, and photography)

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 4, 2014 11:47:00 AM

I remind myself frequently that change is good. This year the community hospital at which I practiced emergency medicine for more than a decade relocated. Patient volumes dropped dramatically. Ironically, in this world of physician shortages and long emergency department waits, I found myself working fewer shifts than I wanted.

But here’s the part where change is good. My wife and I started thinking about options. We thought about going to interesting locations where she could pursue her passions—she’s an activist and a photographer –while I practiced medicine and developed my other passion—science education. Locum tenens offered us the chance to at least try to have it all.

I’m now working emergency medicine assignments with VISTA and finding more time to present and refine the first module of an educational program I developed that is called Inner World Discovery (IWD).

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Can I take my knitting needles on my locum tenens flight?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 3, 2014 11:53:00 AM

No, this is NOT the strangest carry-on question I’ve received, but in thinking about physicians traveling to locum tenens assignments and actually having a little free time to pursue other interests, it seemed like a good answer to share.

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Locum pets require almost as much planning as locum doctors

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 19, 2014 12:48:00 PM

 

Checklist for international assignment for Dr. Jennifer R., emergency medicine:

Registration—check; visa—check; credential packet—check; travel arrangements—check; husband’s travel arrangements—check; travel arrangements for two 90-pound Akitas—uh, check.

International assignments generally last about a year, so it’s not unusual for a locum doctor to ask about taking a beloved pet along on the adventure. VISTA just placed the emergency medicine physician featured above in a 12-month position in New Zealand, spouse, dogs, and all. I thought this would be a good time to share a little information about taking your furry pals along on an international locum tenens assignment.

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Finishing in 50 states! A note from a locum tenens psychiatrist

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 30, 2014 12:46:00 PM


Dear Friends at VISTA!

Big news! As of May 2, when I finished the Providence, Rhode Island Marathon, I have run, walked, limped, etc. the requisite 26.2 miles in all 50 of our fine states! I’ve been at this pursuit since 2001, when I turned 60 and decided I needed to get in better physical shape. On one of my early marathons I learned of the “50 States Marathon Club,” which I qualified to join after finishing 10 states. I joined and got the T-shirt!  It has been a fun association and continuing motivation to keep running. I have now earned the privilege of wearing the much coveted shirt that says, “50 States Finisher.”

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Time flies. Keep up.

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 2, 2014 11:59:00 AM

It is not easy—when you have been in medicine for a long time and worked in a lot of places—to get through all the documentation material and pick up a new license or two when you decide to sign up to work with locum tenens staffing agencies.But (VISTAites) Bessie Thornton, Chris Taylor and Sean Clark have been very good to me and have found me good situations to work in. It does take some focus and attention to keep the work situation going while making sure you have the time you need to climb, hike, fish, ski, play tennis, golf and keep the house from falling apart.My move to Colorado has accentuated the way time flies with the change of seasons vs. living in California where there is little change of season. Makes it more important to keep your scheduling skills sharp and VISTA has been a big help to me.

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Things to know about social networking for a locum tenens

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Dec 17, 2013 12:37:00 PM

 

Social media.  It’s not a new concept, but it’s certainly one that has gained unprecedented momentum in the past decade.  With the growing popularity of networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as the ease and regularity of “googling,” it’s important to consider how tweeting and photo tagging will affect your career as a physician.  With more than 400 million active Facebook users and Twitteradding an estimated 300,000 new users each day, the chances of remaining untouched by social media are slim.

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Comfort/timing/price=the optimum equation for locum tenens travel

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Dec 16, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Globalization—notwithstanding Starbucks and The Gap and Abercrombie and Fitch—has a positive side. It has made travel simpler and much less intimidating. Find baggage claim at SUX and you can find it at LAX. Return a rental car at SeaTac and you can return one at Miami International. Learn to navigate your home airport and you can pretty much make it through any airport in the world.

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Favourites and must-do's for alla y'all wanting to visit New Zealand

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Dec 3, 2013 12:05:00 PM

After a year in locum tenens assignments in New Zealand—hers in family medicine in Otautau, his in psychiatry in Invercargill—Kimball Chen and Amy Mullen have scoped out the highlights of what they call the sweetest place on the planet. From the best half-day hike to optimal weather conditions for a helicopter glacier tour to glow-worms dangling from the walls of a cave, they have made the most of their work and play time. And through the glory that is Google, they have created a detailed map with photos, directions, commentary, and unbridled enthusiasm that is sure to increase tourism in the south island. Ha! Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it!

After a quick vacation (vacation?) they have returned to work another year in their respective assignments. Click here to view their map and share the adventure.

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The ties that bind: Locum doctor returns to Canyon de Chelly

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 11, 2013 1:57:00 PM

Just a little story as I prepare for a three-week Indian Health Service locum tenens assignment in Tsaile, Arizona, near Canyon de Chelly:  The first time I hiked in Canyon de Chelly, seven years ago, our group found a little border collie dog near death under a tractor down in the canyon. Long story short, we got her to a vet in Gandao who managed to save her from parvo.  And the next thing you know I'm calling my husband from Albuquerque to tell him: "Honey, I've got this precious dog we saved." One call to Delta to add her on to the flight, a visit to Pet Smart for a carrier, and a bath at the hotel in Albuquerque later - she came home with us! We named her Kathryn after the Navajo woman who owned that tractor. Later that week my husband said, "I like the dog!"  And she's been his ever since. She weighed 15 pounds then, was about six months old, and undernourished. Now she's at 60 pounds and one of our joys - so I'll give her regards to the Canyon when I'm in Tsaile!

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Founded in 1990, VISTA Staffing Solutions helps hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies in the US optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. A leading provider of US Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA is the only agency that offers both domestic and international work opportunities for locum tenens physicians.

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