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The Struggles of Being a Busy Physician Just Got Easier

During your medical training you probably dealt with your fair share of struggles. From countless hours spent in residency to experiencing your many firsts on the floor, you may have thought back then that you’d experienced it all and were ready to start your career as a practicing physician.

What you may not have envisioned is that being a physician comes with a whole new set of responsibilities and administrative struggles you may not have bargained for. Fortunately, working locum tenens can provide a remedy to these headaches while allowing you to practice medicine on your terms.

1. Raising price of malpractice insurance  In the wake of many lawsuits aimed at physicians and hospitals, malpractice prices have increased dramatically, with coverage for certain specialties costing as much as $200,000 a year. Luckily, as a locum tenens physician working with Interim Physicians, your malpractice insurance is covered at no cost to you while on your assignment.

2. Long hours  As a physician, you may be required to work long hours and shifts that seem to never end. As a locums doctor, you can create your own schedule and work as little or as much as you like. This allows you to head into your shift knowing that you’ll be rewarded with a well-deserved break at the end.

3. Student loan debt With the average physician burdened with a whopping $176,000 in student loans, you’re probably wondering how you’ll ever pay down this monstrous debt. As a locum tenens physician, you can earn competitive rates and work additional shifts as needed to help shave down your debt faster.

4. Work-life balance  The importance of a healthy work-life balance cannot be emphasized enough. However, as a physician, you probably find that you struggle to find that right balance. Working locums means you choose assignments that fit your needs. Locums can give you the down time, hobby time, or family time you’re missing.

5. Administrative burdens  Managing a practice is hard work. Once your busy day of seeing patients is finished, you’re still faced with overseeing the day-to-day management of an office and all its administration, like filing patient’s records, handling billing, processing and filing insurance claims, personnel issues, and keeping up to date with changing federal and local laws to ensure your practice is operating legally. As a locum tenens physician, you can enjoy relaxing after a day of patient care while leaving the administrative burden behind.

If you’re a practicing physician, you can probably relate to at least one of these struggles. Why not make life easier as a locum tenens physician?  Browse our latest assignments, or call 800-226-6347 to speak with one of our friendly recruiters.