Three questions to ask a clinical site before starting
The idea of taking on a new locum tenens position can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. On one hand, it offers a chance to explore a new environment, gain new skills, and potentially earn a higher income. On the other hand, it can also be challenging to navigate a new workplace, especially if you're unfamiliar with the location or the healthcare organization you'll be working with.
To ensure a smooth transition into your new locum tenens position, there are some key questions you should ask the clinical site before accepting the offer. Here are three important questions to consider:
What are the expectations for the role? Before you start a new locum tenens position, it's important to clarify exactly what is expected of you. This can include things like the number of patients you'll be expected to see each day, the types of procedures you'll be performing, and any specific protocols or guidelines you'll need to follow. Understanding these expectations can help you prepare for the job and ensure you're meeting the site's needs. What is the work schedule? Locum tenens positions can vary widely in terms of the work schedule. Some positions may be full-time, while others may be part-time or require you to work irregular hours. It's important to understand the schedule upfront so you can plan accordingly and ensure you're able to fulfill the requirements of the job. Be sure the confirmation you receive prior to starting your job clearly outlines hours to be worked and any required call or after hours responsibilities. What support will be available to you? As a locum tenens healthcare professional, you may be working independently or with a team of other providers. Regardless of the setup, it's important to understand what support will be available to you. This can include things like administrative support, access to electronic health records, scribes and support from other clinicians. Having a clear understanding of the resources available to you can help you feel more confident and prepared in your new position. Starting a new locum tenens position can be both exciting and challenging. By asking these key questions upfront, you can gain a better understanding of the role and ensure a smooth transition into your new workplace.
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About the Author: Mark C. Royer, MD, MBA, is an Otolaryngologist and medical director at ENTLocums.com. While employed at a hospital, Dr. Royer and his Wife, Allison (also an ENT surgeon) experienced an overwhelming call burden and began using locums as a solution to this challenge. Their experience led to the creation of
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