What’s it like to work government locum tenens? The inherent benefits of locum tenens work are the same—including flexibility, job security, travel opportunities and more. But government work comes with some bonus perks. You can expect financial advantages, simplified licensing and credentialing, actual work-life balance and the freedom to create your own schedule, with many exciting and different professional opportunities to choose from:
- Serve the major branches of the military—the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines
- Make a difference in the lives of veterans at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities
- Bring much needed support to American Indians and Alaska Natives with Indian Health Services
- Make an impact on public health by supporting psychiatric hospitals or correctional facilities
Whether you’re doing military or civilian work, contributing to the next groundbreaking advance in medical technology or bringing care to underserved populations, taking a government locum tenens assignment comes with the chance to give back.
If you’re still wondering what it’s really like to work at a government facility, here’s what two doctors have to share about their experiences.
“My patients inspire me…”
Dr. Steve Holsenbeck thinks of his work as a psychiatrist at a women’s admission unit in a state maximum security forensic hospital as his “social justice job.” He acknowledges that the advantages of state facility work are not readily apparent to many peers, but it won him over.
“Some [of my patients] are severely disadvantaged and some are severely mentally ill. Their psychiatric and personal histories are mixtures of tragedy, inspiration and perseverance. Few psychiatrists are drawn to this population, but they are very much in need of our services and very appreciative.”
“Every day is a learning experience…”
Dr. Duany describes every day at Muskogee VA Hospital (Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center) as a learning experience from his patients. “If you’re a physician on the fence about whether to take a government health care position, I would say give it a try. There is always something to learn from our ex-military personnel. Hear their stories. Give them some relief when in need. It becomes really hard to leave when you get to know a few of them. It becomes a need to serve them after learning what many of them have been through.”
“The work is doubly rewarding…”
Dr. Holsenbeck reflected on the ripple effect of providing support where it’s needed most. “As the patients do better, so does all of society… This job will test both your adaptability and determination, but the personal rewards are great.”
Giving back through government locum tenens may be the greatest professional gift you can give yourself. Interested in learning more about expanding your medical career with government work? Contact VISTA today or visit our job board.