Dr. Madeleine Geraghty is a neurologist who worked locums to help her break out of her own burnout. She recently wrote about this experience on Becker’s Hospital Review. In the article she writes about her love for neurology, what caused her burnout and how locums helped her find her love for medicine.
“I reached out to CompHealth, one of the biggest locum tenens providers in the industry, and before long I began working at a few different assignments,” says Geraghty. “Working in new places and expanding my horizons helped me find my balance, reignite that spark and prepare me for new opportunities. Eventually, one of my locum tenens positions led me to an alternate hospital back in Spokane, which ended up being an ideal spot for me and where I was offered a permanent job”.
We have had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Geraghty and talk about some of her experiences. See some of her videos below:
Even after taking a permanent position, Dr. Geraghty still takes occasional locum tenens assignments. However, now it’s not to alleviate burnout. Instead she works locums because she has grown to love working at a particular hospital in Idaho Falls, where she feels her knowledge and expertise allows her to help a facility and a community that need her.
“The way I make locums work for me is during my non-on call week, because I work 24/7 for a solid week when I’m on, and then during my off weeks if I’m not busy doing mom stuff, then there’s one locums site that I’ve stayed with just because I really enjoy that hospital a lot,” says Geraghty. “They’re just such a great hospital and I’ve really developed some long-term relationships with the people there. They have little chunks of time that they need here and there. Sometimes a two-day chunk, sometimes a five-day chunk and they’re kind of random so that actually works really well for me.”