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What Sets Apart Top Primary Care Physicians?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

The ability to connect with patients is important for every health care provider. Right alongside sound clinical judgment and a certain level of competence, empathy is simply expected. But it’s particularly important for primary care physicians. After all, most of us will hopefully see our PCPs more than we will see hospitalists, surgeons or other specialists. That said, great primary care physicians are distinguished by their people skills and the relationships they build with their patients.

Wondering how you stack up? See if these statements sound like you:

I really enjoy talking to people...

Patients are more concerned with their primary care provider’s ability to listen and understand them than with their technical proficiency in the operating room. So it goes without saying that the best PCPs like people! And they’re comfortable and engaged when talking with them.  

… and I like to get the whole story.

Unlike emergency medicine providers or other specialists who often need to be more narrowly focused, primary care providers, should be good at getting to know the whole person—from their family history to their health goals, down to the most personal of details. PCPs who have a complete picture of their patient's health can better take the lead on coordinating care between multiple providers and ultimately deliver first-hand care that’s more thorough and supportive of preventative health.

I don’t judge.

Strong patient relationships are built on trust. Effective primary care physicians honor that trust by listening without judgment and by taking their patients’ values into consideration in every exchange.

I have a natural drive to help others.

With a growing and aging population, we can expect to see a huge increase in demand for primary care services in the near future. In fact, according to a recent report released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the U.S. will experience a shortfall of primary care physicians estimated between 14,900 and 35,600 by 2025. This shortage makes it immensely valuable for locum tenens physicians to be willing to cover multiple clinics, work different shift times and ultimately to alleviate an overburdened healthcare system. Working in locum tenens positions through Indian Health Services and community health clinics goes a long way to help patients in underserved areas in our country and can be among the most rewarding experiences of your career.

Sound like the right move for you?

Primary care is a great fit for “people people,” and locum tenens is a way to broaden your experience, quench a thirst for adventure and answer an altruistic calling.

Get started with your next locum tenens assignment today! Check out our latest job postings or contact us.

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VISTA Staffing Solutions has over thirty years of experience providing award-winning customer service to clients and providers alike. Headquartered in Salt Lake City with additional offices in Atlanta and Houston, and employs approximately 1,000 people between corporate staff and field clinicians and contracts with over 2,500 physicians across 60+ specialties and subspecialties. VISTA helps U.S. hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. As a leading provider of U.S. Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA also operates VISTA Select, a first-of-its-kind technology and services solution utilizing advanced data and analytics to provide healthcare organizations with customizable workforce optimization solutions.