Locum Video: Keys to a Successful Locum Tenens Career

Locum Video: Keys to a Successful Locum Tenens Career | Staff Care

Welcome to Staff Care's Locum Tenens Video Series, where we examine some of the most pressing issues facing the healthcare staffing industry. Today's video discusses the keys to locum tenens career success, in the opinion of physicians who have embraced the locums lifestyle. View more locum videos here.

Locum tenens career opportunities are more abundant than ever before, with assignments available in facilities and settings of all types across the United States. Physicians who want to embrace the locums lifestyle have never had more opportunities to do so.

And yet, as with any opportunity, locum tenens career success isn't without its challenges. With that in mind, Staff Care's Locum Physicians Panel shares some insight into what it takes to achieve locum tenens career success in today's healthcare environment. For instance:

Be Adaptable. "You're always walking into new places," says Dr. Cynthia Dockins, a locum tenens pediatrician. "Every location does things a little differently ... so you have to be very adaptable, and adapt into their system and structure."

Keep an Open Mind. Cardiologist Dr. Manisha Shah talks about helping her locums employer make the transition from the prior physician, as well as accepting that your new assignment will be different from your previous one — and being open-minded enough to not only accept that, but to thrive in your new environment. "Take the positive from the experience," she advises.

Explore Your Surroundings. Psychologist Dr. Rama Rao talks about the challenge of regularly entering new workplaces, particularly in small towns. "I had to really venture out and explore what was going on in those particular towns — make friends in coffee shops, go to the small restaurants that are available," he says.

"I think I came out as a better person," he adds, "using my own inner resources and my own knowledge to make a difference and a connection."

Video: Keys to a Successful Locum Tenens Career

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