Deciding to start working locum tenens right out of residency isn’t something a lot of new physicians do, but it’s a decision Dr. EmmaLeigh Smith, a Family Medicine Physician, embraced wholeheartedly. Almost seven years after she started working locum tenens through VISTA, we caught up with Dr. Smith who is currently working in Portland to talk about her experiences and why she is “still loving it!”
As a government locums provider with VISTA, you can take great pride in providing care to the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, America’s military, as well as others in underserved areas such as the Native American populations. Locum tenens work comes with a lot of inherent advantages — like a flexible schedule, the ability to travel, plus the comfort of job security. Government healthcare facilities offer the opportunity to enjoy those benefits with the added fulfillment of personal and professional satisfaction.
Dr. Krishingner has been working with VISTA for over 10 years, particularly in Indian Health Services. He and his wife, Anne, have traveled across the country together, serving and learning from several native communities. They recently paid a visit to our corporate office in Salt Lake City, where we sat down and gained insight on Dr. Krishingner’s experiences working in the government sector. Watch the video below to hear what Dr. Krishingner had to say, and contact us today to learn how you can make a difference through government locum tenens.
Every physician’s professional journey looks a little different. While it starts with years of education and a passion for patient care, you never know where your path can end up taking you. Dr. Hope Eliot discovered locum tenens later in life, after more than 25 years of working in the same practice and growing weary of the pace. Following her first encounter with VISTA back in 2006, we maintained dialogue for five years, answering her questions and helping her see the possibilities of a more flexible lifestyle.
Dr. Hope Eliot accepted her first locum tenens assignment in September of 2011 and went from “in a rut” to on the move, checking states off her wish list and enjoying new adventures. She spent the next five years working locum tenens exclusively with VISTA, completing some 13 assignments with several returns and extensions before settling down for full-time work in a new home, with a new grandson nearby.
Keep reading to learn about Dr. Eliot’s partnership with VISTA and success with locum tenens in her own words.
Our nation’s veterans served and sacrificed to protect our freedom. Now they deserve high quality care, and the Veterans Health Administration provides that to millions of veterans each year. As the largest health care system in the country, the VA operates thousands of hospitals, clinics, outpatient sites and other facilities—offering endless career opportunities for locum tenens clinicians.
Whenever I go to places on locum tenens assignments I love to immerse myself in the culture.I have loved reading about New Mexico.The history in the area is unbelievable. Kit Carson was one of the early pioneers of Taos, New Mexico.We live about two blocks from the Kit Carson House.The town still maintains a very historic look.It’s quite an authentic looking Western town.
Check out our favorite Australian shots from July including a manta ray we spotted in the river from our deck and the first koala we saw in the wild.There is also a shot of one of the lorikeets who love to roost on the railings on our deck.
One evening, I was cruising through downtown Boise on my favorite Harley, Boomer, and as always, I was flying a 3-by-5 foot U.S. flag on it. I went through an intersection and heard a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’ behind me. I turned around and there they were, at a sidewalk café, about 20 Army personnel in uniform. Some even stood at attention! I waved back, and kept going but I thought: that was awesome. I should get back there and tell them I appreciate their service to this country. So I went around a few blocks, and pulled my obnoxiously loud badass machine onto the sidewalk, right by their group. They went nuts. They said it was the greatest thing that I flew that flag, and they thanked me for it. I replied: No, I ought to thank YOU all for your service and I want to buy the whole group a round of drinks. No, they said, that was not necessary, just flying that flag was good enough. Of course, I insisted. They may pay for me with their lives, so my paying for their drink is a no-brainer. It cannot begin to compare. They invited me to sit with them. What an honor! Every single one of them had been in either Iraq or Afghanistan. We then parked the bike in the middle of the street and got the bartender to snap a few pictures of the whole group gathered around it. At the end, each and every one of them shook my hand, and the tall serious looking guy in the middle of the back row (he could be a Russian extreme fighter) looked me straight in the eye and said:” Sir, it is people like you who make me proud to serve this country. Thank you, SIR!”
Folks, it doesn’t get any better than this. God Bless these superb people and God Bless America.
Straight from the heart,
P.S. Happy 4th of July from VISTA!
“I have loved working in New Zealand! My two stints have been in very different settings. The first experience was in a small rural hospital. Well-seasoned GPs provided most of the obstetric care. They did operative vaginal deliveries and assisted at cesareans. Midwives were involved in a smaller portion of the cases. I really appreciated not having to do normal deliveries, but only being involved in complicated OB cases, or cesareans. There was a reasonable flow of GYN surgery. The GPs do routine Paps and provide contraception. They refer “interesting” cases to you, the specialist. This system had obvious advantages and disadvantages.
Since 1983, I have worked as an emergency physician at small and large hospitals all over the Western U.S. and Alaska. I find that there are many similarities in my two professions. Every day I spend as an outdoor photographer is different and full of surprises. The same could certainly be said for a day spent as a locum tenens in an emergency department. And in the same way that providing good health care is a team approach, my success as a photographer depends on multiple factors--weather, planning, animal behavior, and luck.While the contribution I make to a community as a locum tenens is easy to measure, I still feel challenged to use my photography as a tool for improving the world. I can’t help feeling that artistically capturing pure beauty seems hedonistic and socially irresponsible at times. Yet it is important to document what we are trying to save as well as what we are destroying at a fast pace.
Note: This is Part 2 of Dr. Herring’s observations during a recent international assignment. Part 1 explained medical training and a doctor’s progression through the medical ranks.
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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 has 30 years of experience providing award-winning service in the locum tenens industry.