Burn-out among physicians is at an all-time high. More and more physicians are disillusioned with the practice of medicine. The long hours, extended time away from family, decreasing reimbursement, and lack of professional support have many physicians looking at career alternatives. This trend of physicians leaving the practice of clinical medicine and/or the practice of medicine all together is an alarming trend. This only serves to worsen the shortage of practicing physicians that already exists.
We physicians are faced with a dilemma. How do we continue to practice medicine but do it in a way that is more humane than our current practice/employment structure? How do we continue to care for our patients and care for our families and ourselves at the same time? What can we do that will prevent us from throwing in the towel and quitting medicine all together?
Working as a locums physician is the answer to these issues. By providing freedom, flexibility, and increased pay, working as a locums physician is a viable option to traditional physician employment and the traditional physician practice model.
Working as a locums physician gives you scheduling flexibility. You are free to work when you want, and you are able to refuse to work when you don’t want to. This type of freedom is very liberating because one of the biggest causes of physician burnout is a loss of control. Physicians get burned out when they feel as if they have no control over their work schedule. Well, working as a locums is a cure for this because you can work as much or as little as you want.
Furthermore, because you are an independent contractor when you are working as a locums physician, the hourly pay is typically higher than the hourly pay in an employed position. This higher pay may mean that you do not have to work as much to make the same amount of money. As a result, locums can give you the freedom and flexibility to pursue other interests both medical and non-medical and still maintain your standard of living.
Finally, working as a locums physician with the increased scheduling flexibility, increased pay, and increased freedom, gives you the opportunity to create the lifestyle you desire and achieve optimal work life balance. It enables you to spend more time with family and friends. It enables to you to take more time to care for yourself. It enables you to pursue other interests and hobbies that you may not have had time for.
So, there is no need for you to quit medicine. The key is to learn how to practice medicine on your own terms. Locums is just the way to do that.