Our Top 10 Medical Blogs of 2019

We believe that part of caring for physicians and advanced practitioners involves keeping them informed about the latest medical news and career information that can help them and their patients. That’s where Staff Care’s Locum Links Blog comes in, as we aim to provide the most useful information and insights. 

Throughout 2019, a number of subjects resonated with our readers—from the best states to practice medicine and the booming job market for psychiatrists to the benefits of working locum assignments and the insider secrets every first-time locum provider should know. 

In case you missed any of these topics, here were our most-read medical blog posts of the year.  

Our 10 Most Popular Medical Blogs of 2019


The 15 Best States for Doctors 

Do you practice in one of the most physician-friendly states? In this article, you’ll find the top 15 states from WalletHub’s ranking of the Best States to Practice Medicine, which considers factors like physician salary, opportunity, competition and medical environment. You can also compare these to the 15 Best States from the annual ranking by U.S. News, based on lifestyle factors such as the economy, education, healthcare, the natural environment and quality of life. 

7 Top States for Locum Tenens Travel 

Where can you find the most locum tenens jobs, along with a number of amenities to help you enjoy your stay? The recruiters at Staff Care report that several states continue to have a wealth of locum tenens assignments, including these popular destinations that were highlighted in the fall and winter. If you are looking for the land of opportunity, we invite you to find your favorite and talk to a recruiter.  

Demand for Psychiatrists Fueling Strong Employment Outlook 

Strong demand for psychiatrists and a limited supply is making for a healthy job market, yet the uneven distribution of practitioners is affecting access to mental healthcare. Experts agree the problem will require new solutions. Review the latest job trends and projections—including variations for subspecialties—and insights into the future of psychiatry careers. 

10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a New Locum Tenens Provider 

Taking the first steps to become a locum tenens provider might be intimidating, but you don’t have to go in blind. An experienced locum provider and a senior recruiter for Staff Care share their wisdom on how to embark on your new locum tenens career with clear expectations. 

The Latest HIPAA Updates for 2019 

More than 30 years after the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) redefined a healthcare provider’s role in protecting patient privacy and access, the regulations continue to change. To help you stay up to date, this article summarizes the major HIPAA changes and medical news for 2019, including some expected changes in the near future. 

The Gender Gap in Physician Salaries 

The number of women entering U.S. medical schools in 2018 outnumbered the number of men for the second year in a row, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Yet, these future physicians will likely be paid less on average than their male counterparts—far less, in some cases. See what recent salary surveys show about the gender pay gap that persists between men and women physicians. 

9 Things NPs Can Celebrate 

Nurse practitioners (NPs) have become one of the most sought-after careers, consistently ranking among the 10 best jobs in the country. During National Nurse Practitioner Week in November, we highlighted nine things that NPs can celebrate throughout the year, ranging from advances in practice authority and compensation gains to a strong job market with a greater variety of opportunities than ever before. 

The 10 States Most (and Least) Likely to Retain Medical Residents 

How many medical residents go on to practice in the state where they were trained? The data shows that it depends on the state. Check out the states with the highest and lowest physician retention rates, according to the latest survey from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). 

Taking the Pain Out of Locum Tenens Credentialing 

In a hospital setting that requires privileges, the locum tenens credentialing process can take anywhere from 30 days to six months, with 60-120 days being most typical. Some hospitals have emergency privileging which can allow a provider to start before the full process is complete. Find out how your locum tenens agency can work with you to streamline the process and do the heavy lifting, so you can stay focused on patient care. 

9 Reasons to Try Locum Tenens This Year 

Locum tenens jobs offer numerous benefits for physicians and advanced practitioners, ranging from career flexibility to financial perks to a new lease on your personal life. If you’ve ever thought about working locums, check out these nine reasons this might be the perfect year to experience the locum lifestyle. 

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