Physician Jobs That Offer Work Life Balance
Fact: physician jobs are demanding, sometimes to the detriment of work-life balance and family happiness. People go into medicine expecting to work hard, and the rigors of internship and residency make clear just how much is expected of a physician. But when doctors neglect to tend to their own and their family needs, burnout is a real possibility.
One problem is physicians refusing to schedule things like vacations, or even the occasional day off. They want to leave the calendar space open in case they’re needed. But they’re always needed. Neglecting to specifically schedule non-work time essentially guarantees that those days off or vacations won’t happen, because after all, the calendar is open that week.
Sometimes, putting self and family first by deliberately scheduling time for it is sufficient to restore work-life balance. But sometimes it isn’t. Locum tenens physician jobs can be the answer for the doctor who wants a healthy balance between work and the rest of life.
How Locum Tenens Physician Jobs Help with Work-Life Balance
Locum tenens physicians go where they’re needed, when they’re needed, usually for short stints. They work hard during their locum tenens positions, but in between they have the chance to enjoy family and friends, travel, and generally take the self-care necessary to prevent burnout. For doctors who love travel, these types of physician jobs can be perfect, because they can (but don’t necessarily have to) involve significant travel. They’re also great for avoiding falling into a career rut and developing the skill of learning different systems and different work styles, helping doctors understand their own career preferences better if and when they look for a permanent position.
Reasons Physicians Take Locum Tenens Physician Jobs
Locum tenens jobs appeal to physicians in every career stage. The doctor between residency and permanent assignment can take these jobs to maintain and develop skills while awaiting permanent assignment. The physician with children at home enjoys the fact that between jobs, when they’re at home, they’re really there and not just worrying about getting paged. Empty nesters and those approaching retirement may simply want something different after many years of doing the same thing. And physicians who need to earn extra money can moonlight at locum tenens physician jobs and boost their income.
Medical Facilities Benefit from Locum Tenens Positions Too
It isn’t only doctors and their families who benefit from locum tenens positions. Medical facilities benefit too. For one thing, they can avoid severe staffing shortages and operate at peak efficiency even when there are vacant positions. It’s not unheard of for a locum tenens physician to be a good fit at a facility and apply for a permanent posting. Practices in rural areas, or in areas with strong seasonal influx can maintain staffing levels sufficient to remain open consistently (perhaps while the sole physician in the practice takes a well-deserved vacation) or to cope with the medical problems of seasonal tourists.
Locum tenens physician jobs are becoming a more popular option as older physicians approach retirement, yet aren’t quite ready to hand over the reins, and as Millennials enter the physician workforce and strive to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has put more stress even on well-run facilities, making locum tenens doctors practical for coping with increased patient load without making patients wait excessively for appointments.
All Medical Personnel locum tenens provider offers creative, innovative solutions to medical personnel needs, along with a physician workforce with passion and drive. Whether you’re a physician interested in locum tenens work or a facility with a temporary staffing need, we cordially invite you to schedule a consultation where you can get answers and we can discuss your options.