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My Locum Tenens Experience: Finding Mentors and Beginning a Private Practice

Brian HarmychDr. Brian Harmych, M.D., a facial plastic surgeon, says locum tenens assignments bridged the gap between opening his practice and finishing his facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship.

“In preparing to open my practice, there is a lot of planning involved. However, this planning does not require all of my time, so it’s really great to work locum tenens in the meantime,” Dr. Harmych says. “From a financial standpoint, it’s an excellent opportunity, primarily because of the flexibility. I can pay the bills and arrange my locum assignments around important meetings that require my time in Cleveland.”

Family is very important to Dr. Harmych, and locum tenens affords him the flexibility to balance work and family life. With two young children at home and a third on the way, he needed an opportunity with an accommodating schedule and says his assignments have been great for achieving this balance.

“Working locum tenens allows me to work around my demanding schedule in setting up a private practice,” Dr. Harmych expresses. “CompHealth has been very flexible in working with clients to arrange my assignments around family gatherings. I’ve been able to choose shorter-term assignments and choose exactly when I want to work.”

One of the most rewarding parts of Dr. Harmych’s locum tenens experience has been learning valuable skills for managing his own business.

“I’ve met several great mentors throughout the process. The permanent partners at the practices I’ve worked at have been helpful, and I’ve gained valuable insights into the way different practices run,” Dr. Harmych says. “My locum tenens work as an otolaryngologist is a little different from what I’ll be doing in my facial plastic surgery practice, but it’s still helpful to see how different places handle specific situations — even simple things like call schedules, personnel management and how receptionists answer the phone.”

Dr. Harmych says he frequently recommends locum tenens assignments to other physicians and readily answers their questions about the process.

“Until I was near the completion of residency training, I wasn’t even aware that such opportunities existed, so it was helpful to have a friend who was doing locums introduce me to CompHealth,” Dr. Harmych says. “Friends and associates want to know everything about it, and I tell them it’s a very good fit. I feel right at home when I get to my locum tenens assignments.”

Dr. Brian Harmych, M.D., is a fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, board-certified in facial plastic surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He specializes in facelift, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery and is located in the Cleveland suburb of Pepper Pike, Ohio. To learn more about Dr. Harmych, visit his website.

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Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox is a healthcare writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience. When she's not circling typos, she's enjoying fish tacos and hanging out with her family.

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