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How In-House Recruiters Can Help Physicians Ease the Burden of Student Debt

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median medical school debt is $195,000, and nearly 46% of medical school graduates plan to enter a loan forgiveness program. Not surprising, many physicians struggle with the costs of education, and those with extreme student debt can expect to pay more than $2,000 each month for nearly 10 years.

Fortunately, there’s help for physicians inundated by student loans. In-house physician recruiters - like those in the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) - are positioned to help physicians navigate the options for managing their debt and relieve some of the burden.

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Topics: VISTA, Physicians, medical school debt

Four Questions Kids Have About Locum Tenens and How to Answer Them

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you’re considering accepting a locum tenens assignment, you may be wondering how being a parent fits into the mix. Guess what? Your children are probably wondering, too! The good news is that locum tenens jobs and family life are a perfect fit. Still, your kids may have some concerns - which is why we’ve compiled this list of four questions your kids might ask about being a locum tenens clinician. We’ve also provided answers aimed at satisfying their curiosity, while helping them to understand the many benefits associated with locum tenens work.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work

VISTA Commemorates National Nurse Practitioner Week

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) will be showcased November 11–17, 2018, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 248,000 strong, with an additional 23,000 NP students graduating each year.

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Topics: VISTA, Industry Updates

7 Best Kept Secrets to Getting the Locum Tenens Position You Really Want

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Looking to land the perfect locum tenens position? Even the most talented physician needs to take an organized approach if they want to find their ideal position. Use the tips we’ve provided below to improve your chances of standing out and landing the locum tenens position of your dreams.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work

What Made Me The Most Nervous About Doing My First Locum Tenens Assignment

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You've just landed your first locum tenens assignment. You're excited about this new opportunity, but at the same time, you're wary. You may ask yourself: “Is locum tenens right for me?” “Will I have a hard time landing back-to-back assignments?” “How will working locum tenens affect my career prospects? ”You have a lot of questions, and fortunately, many have gone before you who can answer them. Let's explore four common concerns that clinicians have when going on their first locum tenens assignment, and see what former and current locum tenens clinicians had to say about it.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work

Flexibility to Stability: A Path Made Possible for One Doctor by Locum Tenens

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The path to finding the ideal career can be a winding one, and Dr. Guo knows this very well. He started his education in computer science before heading to medical school. While there, he was referred to VISTA by a friend who’s done locum tenens work with us in the past. But it wasn’t until he received a few emails from a dedicated VISTA recruiter that he finally started down the path to locum tenens.

Dr. Guo, a former VISTA hospitalist, offers this advice based on his locum tenens experience: "During the time I'm working, I start to plan for my next assignment to minimize unwanted gaps between contracts. It helps to have one or more sites that have an ongoing flexible need without minimum monthly commitments." Dr. Guo kept in touch with our recruiters for three years before finishing his residency program in 2016. Over the years, he’s found locum tenens work through VISTA in California, Oregon and Minnesota. 

Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Guo’s experience in his own words.

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Topics: locum tenens work, VISTA

5 Unexpected Benefits of Working Locum Tenens

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Locum tenens is a way of practicing medicine that is appealing to clinicians in many stages of their career. It can help reduce certain stressors that may come with full-time roles. It also provides benefits to those who are just starting their career and unsure of where they’d like to practice long-term.

Working locum tenens provides a way for clinicians to travel to new and exciting locations. For example, you can work in a city you’ve always wanted to visit without making a permanent commitment to live there forever. But, if you love the place, you can continue finding assignments in that location to remain there long-term. There are almost too many advantages of locum tenens to share, but here are just a few unexpected benefits you may not be aware of.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work, locum tenens clinician

Locum Tenens Life with Kids

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Family first” is a motto many parents live by, and it’s true for clinicians, too. After all, your family is likely the reason you work so hard. Unfortunately, it can often be challenging to juggle your career and family life, but locum tenens offers a family-friendly alternative to permanent positions by making it possible to choose the hours and locations that work best for you. If you’re looking for a better way to balance your work life with your family life, here’s a closer look at some of the benefits of working locum tenens with kids.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work, locum tenens clinician

4 Questions Your Significant Other May Have About Locum Tenens and How to Answer Them

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Your significant other plays a major role in your healthcare career. He or she has been with you through the tough times and celebrated your successes by your side. But when you first tell your significant other about potential locum tenens assignments, there are a few things they may want to know. And their understanding of this arrangement will help you make the right decision together. Fortunately, we’ve anticipated four questions your significant other may have about a locum tenens assignment so that you'll be ready with the answers.

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Topics: VISTA, Physicians, locum tenens work

VISTA Recognizes National PA Week and the Impact of PAs on National Health

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Dear Physician Assistant (PA),

In honor of National PA Week, VISTA wishes to extend a sincere and tremendous thank-you to physician assistants everywhere. From October 6-12th, we’re celebrating National PA Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. 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.

We recognize even if you haven’t been treated by a PA before, there’s a good chance you will in the near future. There are more than 123,000 PAs working across the country—and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is expected to grow 37 percent between 2016 and 2036.

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Topics: locum tenens work, VISTA, Industry Updates, Advanced Practice Providers

About VISTA Staffing Solutions

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 over 28 years of experience providing award-winning service in the locum tenens industry.

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