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Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” As such, it is critical to the work of locum tenens who are often in high-stress situations, where emotions run strong and stakes are high.

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There are many benefits to working as a locum tenens physician. First and foremost, you have control over the amount of shifts you take on and the location of where to work. Not only do you get the unique opportunity to test out different practice settings, additionally you can explore different parts of the country.

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When working through challenges it’s important to remember that “rear view mirrors are intentionally smaller than windshields.” A common challenge for many people is giving and receiving feedback. Feedback is essential for improving performance and growing. And, while feedback is important, much like rear view mirrors, its focus is on the past.

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With many different locum tenens organizations to choose from, the process can be extremely daunting when selecting which is the best fit for you. And, often confusing if you’re new to working as a locum tenens physician. One of the biggest learning curves is how to get from your destination to the hospital where you will be working.

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There appears to be a glorification of “busy” in today’s society. With the help of technology, we are able to accomplish more than ever! But these norms often create unhealthy and unreasonable expectations that result in burnout. Physician burnout is a huge issue that affects almost everyone physicians come in contact with.

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