Feast or Famine: How to Deal with the Ups and Downs of Locums


When you are working as a locums doctor, there are times in which the work is overabundant. You are getting calls from locums recruiters every day. There seems like a new facility needs your services all the time. You have more work than you can shake a stick at. And, it seems like it all comes to a screeching halt. Your assignments may get cancelled. Your current assignment runs it course. You stop getting calls from recruiters. You may wonder what has happened. In times like this, you need to realize the locums work is cyclical in nature. It ebbs and it flows. There are times of feast and there are times of famine. Here are three things to help you prepare for this.

  1. Expect it. Realize that the demand for locums physicians changes and there will be times in which the demand is not as great. Expecting that this will happen will lessen the shock when it does.
  2. Prepare for it. During the times of the feast, so to speak, take advantage of it. Work as much as you can or as much as you want. Get as many state medical licenses as you can. Get credentialled with as many organizations as you can. That way, when the locums work is not as plentiful and you need some last-minute assignments, you will be able to work them.
  3. Work It. When the famine comes, when the availability of locums work severely decreases, it is time for you to kick it into high gear. Go into beast mode and be very aggressive about finding locums work. Don’t wait for the locums recruiters to call you, call them. Ask if they have any last-minute assignments in the states in which you are already licensed. Because the need for locums physicians changes instantaneously, if there is an assignment that becomes available, the recruiter will think of you first because you reached out to them.

Locums work, just like any thing else, has its busy seasons and its off season. You must prepare for these times so that you don’t get discouraged.

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