Starting any new job can be stressful. Making the transition from an employed physician to a locums physician requires some adjustments. In order to make sure your locums assignment goes smoothly, here are 8 things you should do.
- Make sure your confirmation letter specifies the details of your assignment: location, dates, times, on-call, orientation, hourly pay, overtime pay, holiday pay.
- Make sure you learn everything you think you will need to know during your orientation. Learn about the EMR system, entering orders, writing/dictating notes, the PACs system, submitting your charges, hospital policies, etc.
- Know who your on-site liaison is both for your clinical duties (med director) and the administrative point of contact.
- Introduce yourself to everyone. Let them know you are the locums doctor who is covering for whatever timeframe.
- Be flexible. Realize that each place is different. Understand that the other doctors and nurses don’t know you and may not feel comfortable working with you initially. As a result, you may not get to do things exactly the way you would like them.
- Contact your locums recruiter if any issue arises. Let the know about issues sooner rather than later. You want to take a proactive approach, not a reactive approach
- Be nice. Avoid any conflicts with the nurses or other physicians. Remember, you are a guest in their facility. Don’t be a jerk
- Have fun. Working as a locums doctor is a great way to earn money, travel, and work on your own terms.
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