Two big life events struck internist Norman Baron at the same time: reaching retirement age and a son facing a chronic illness. He knew he wasn't ready to retire but he needed more time to care for his son — so he turned to locum tenens
. It gave him the flexible schedule he needed while allowing him to keep helping patients.
Here are a few things Dr. Baron's thinks internal medicine physicians
should know about working locum tenens.
1. Use a recruiter for locum tenens assignments.
My recruiter lets me know what I can expect on my assignments so I can get there ready to work. This makes the assignment better for the hospital and for me.
2. Build a strong relationship with your recruiter.
My recruiter is not only the personwho gets me jobs but she is also my friend. We've been through a lot and really gotten to know each other. I care about her and her family and she feels the same about me.
3. Ensure the housing meets your need.
A good recruiter will try to meet your housing needs, whether that's placing you near running trials or just making sure you have the TV stations you like. My recruiter knows that I prefer a furnished home with internet when I'm on assignments.
4. Recruiters help with credentialing.
The longer someone has been a physician the harder it is to keep your credentials up to date. My recruiter and CompHealth support staff has helped me track my different jobs and credentials and ensured I have everything I need when a new job comes up.
5. Locum tenens provides more time with family.
One of my children became severely ill and caring for him became difficult while maintaining my full-time job. CompHealth helped me find locums work near where my son lived that allowed me to continue working while still being there to care for him.
6. Locum tenens is a great way to practice medicine beyond retirement age.
I always wanted to be a doctor and thoroughly enjoy practicing medicine and helping people. I could retire and focus on my hobbies but locums allows me to keep doing what I love, helping people.