Medicine continues to change and evolve. The uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act along with an aging population, an increased demand for medical services, and a severe shortage of physicians, all combine to provide some unique opportunities for physician careers. The list below describes the five top trends in physician careers.
- Locum Tenens
Locum tenens/ independent contractor opportunities for physicians have expanded exponentially in the past several years. Working as a locums physician has several benefits such as increased pay, control over your work schedule, and the ability to travel to different locations for work. Many facilities and organizations rely heavily on locums physicians to provide coverage on a short or long term basis. Although many physicians work as a locum in order to moonlight and make additional money on a short term basis, many physicians have transitioned from permanent employment to working solely as a locums physician.
Because patients are demanding increased access to physicians, tele-medicine has increased in popularity. Many large tele-medicine companies have been started over the past several years and they focus on providing tele-medicine services on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. Several tele-medicine companies provide basic primary care and urgent care services. Others provide psychiatric services. There are also tele-medicine companies that provide inpatient tele-medicine such as tele-neurology and tele-intensivist services as well. Physicians who work in tele-medicine often work from home on a full or part-time basis.
- Health Coaching
Over the past several years, there has been a paradigm shift in medicine. The focus of traditional medicine has expanded from treating illness to preventing illness; from focusing solely on sickness to promoting wellness. Many physicians have struggled with finding the time to counsel their patients on wellness in addition to treating their patient’s diseases. As a result of this, health coaching was created. Physician health coaches provide health and wellness services including nutritional counseling, exercise programs, chronic disease management, weight loss, and other lifestyle interventions. Although many physicians have begun to incorporate health coaching into their traditional medical practices, other physicians have left traditional medical practice and have started doing health coaching only.
- Physician Advisor
Physician advisors are physicians that are employed by a hospital in order to help other physicians improve their clinical documentation. This is so that the clinical documentation supports the hospitalization and the services provided so that hospitals will get paid by the insurance companies. Physician advisors work on a full or part-time basis.
- Utilization Review Physicians
Physicians who do utilization review are employed by insurance companies to review insurance claims and to provide authorization for services. These positions are often work from home positions and may be full or part time.
To see how locum tenens can be a part of your career strategy, schedule your one hour Locums Strategy Session with Dr. Stephanie.