Thanks to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, virtual interviews are on the rise for all industries, including healthcare. For a physician, explaining your qualifications over technology is a lot different from pitching them in person. You may worry that you won’t seem sincere enough when you can’t meet your potential coworkers in person.
In honor of National PA Week, VISTA wishes to extend a sincere and tremendous thank-you to physician assistants everywhere. From October 6-12, we’re celebrating National PA Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s healthcare. During PA Week, we hope you’ll have the chance to talk to a PA about what it is they do, and why they're proud to do it.
With the ongoing physician shortages, locum tenens healthcare providers have never been more in demand. Medical organizations are looking to supplement their staffing needs with locum tenens clinicians to provide continuity of care.
As self-employed, independent contractors, locum tenens clinicians don’t have access to a traditional employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or pension plan. But that doesn't mean that they should not or cannot save for retirement; they need to find alternatives to ensure long-term financial stability.
Locum tenens jobs have dramatically changed the daily operations of overburdened medical facilities and hospitals by providing highly qualified providers for filling provider shortage gaps, covering absences, and vacations. Locum jobs have significantly reduced provider stress and decreased the number of provider shortages. But the nature of locum jobs often creates an image that there is inconsistent work, unpredictability, and lack of patient rapport. This post will address 3 misconceptions that often prevent providers from seeking out a more flexible work schedule and lifestyle.
For each new assignment, you will need to meet licensing and credentialing requirements. But does paperwork get you down? If licensing and credentialing are taking away from the reasons you love your job and giving you a massive headache, we can help.
A surefire way for providers to know they can trust and work with healthcare recruiters in good faith is by identifying the essential qualities necessary for a mutually beneficial partnership, particularly in the early stages of the recruiting process.
Getting through the licensing process varies by state and the type of license needed. While some medical boards can deliver licenses within two weeks, larger states could take several months. It's essential to understand the type of license you will need for your assignment. Here is more information regarding the differences between permanent, provisional, and locum tenens licenses.
The physician shortage in the United States is not going away anytime soon. New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) supports previous estimates, projecting shortfalls between 46,900 and 121,900 doctors by 2032. That means job opportunities will always be abundant, and a career in locum tenens can open doors wherever you want to go—so when looking ahead to future work, the choice is truly yours.
The Association of American Medical Colleges found that, by 2032, the expected shortage of physicians will be around 122,000 professionals. Approximately 65,000 of those will be specialists, while the remaining amount will be primary care physicians.
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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.