By Riley Morales, contributor Mar 29, 2021
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
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
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.
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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