Celebrating National Doctors Day 2021

National Doctors Day and the Impact of Locum Tenens During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the medical world to flip on its head in 2020. Hospitals reached maximum capacity at alarming rates, while staff and administrators dealt with supply shortages in personal protective gear, and many clinicians had to be reassigned to help deal with the critically ill.

During the early months of 2021, we have seen advances in vaccination rates and some reductions in the number of infections throughout the United States, but the problem is far from over. Our country’s physicians continue to do battle—not only with the coronavirus, but with complications from delayed treatment of other conditions and from a multitude of changes that are happening throughout healthcare delivery. This year, more than any other, Staff Care would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to these dedicated physicians and other medical heroes as we celebrate National Doctors Day on March 30, 2021. 

Locum tenens jobs and staff shortages

Locum tenens physicians have played a pivotal role supporting healthcare systems during the COVID pandemic. Hospital staffing demands have been at an all-time high as permanent physicians and other clinicians are stretched beyond normal limits, some have fallen ill, and the number of patients continues to hover above normal levels. 

Physicians who take a locum tenens job can help address the ongoing shortages and relieve the burden on healthcare systems. In doing so, they reduce the patient-per-practitioner ratio and allow physicians more time to care for each individual patient. 

Locum tenens jobs can also benefit practitioners by allowing them to gain experience with new patient populations, work on new equipment and learn best practices from a variety of facilities, all while earning an excellent salary. 

Locum physicians went where most needed

During the COVID pandemic, locum tenens physicians have answered the call to work in hot spots or wherever they were needed. Many have had to forego time with their family, or take extraordinary measures to keep their loved ones safe. 

Locum tenens hospitalist
Poojah Patel, MD, reported that the COVID pandemic has given physicians unique opportunities to work together and learn from each other. It has also given her new opportunities in her locum career. 

“One of the qualities I’ve gained as a locum physician is adaptability, working in different hospital settings in different states,” she noted. “It gives me the confidence and courage to work in the places where the need is the most.”   

Some locum physicians needed help getting new state licenses for their assignments. While some states made accommodations to expedite the process during the state of emergency, the states that already participated in the
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) made it even simpler for physicians to practice across state lines.  

Physicians who hold an IMLC license can work locum tenens jobs in more than 30 compact states—without needing to wait through a typically long medical license application process.  

An opportunity to say thank you

On March 30, which is National Doctors Day 2021, Staff Care would like to thank all of the permanent and locum tenens physicians who continue to display courage and heroism on a daily basis. We appreciate not only what you do to combat the coronavirus, but also the excellent patient care you provide for a multitude of conditions. 

THANK YOU for all that you do to make the world a healthier and safer place.  


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