How to Protect Yourself Against the Risk of Cancellation


Working as a locums physician can be rewarding, but there are risks involved. And one of the biggest risks is that of a cancelled assignment. Because it can take 3-6 months to get a locums assignment, when a locums assignment is unexpectedly cancelled, it can be devastating. Not only have you spent a lot of time and effort to get the assignment, you must now make up for that lost revenue. Here are three steps you can take to lessen the impact of a cancelled locums assignment.

  1. Always work with multiple locums agencies. The more agencies you work with, the greater the access to jobs you have. That way when one assignment gets cancelled, you have access to other potential assignments.
  2. Have more than one active assignment at all times. And these assignments should preferably be with different agencies. Therefore, if one assignment gets cancelled, you have other active assignments that you can work.
  3. Schedule multiple assignments each month. Likewise, these assignments should also be with different agencies if possible. For example, if you are a Hospitalist, schedule 7 shifts with client A and then schedule another 7 shifts with client B. That way, if client A cancels, you will still have the 7 shifts with client B.

Experiencing an unexpected cancellation can be upsetting. However, if you take these three steps, you can lessen the impact of this.

For more tips and strategies on how to be successful as a locums physician, sign up for my Locums Masterclass and Live Q&A session. This is a special event I am hosting for the 2019 Holiday Season.

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