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Healthcare is rapidly changing, and it’s no secret that there is a shortage of physicians. With the population of baby-boomers expanding rapidly and finding themselves in need of acute care there is a heightened need for more providers to care for patients. Health systems have a constant need for interim staffing, hospitals and clinics often turn to locum tenens agencies for help. The phrase locum tenens is derived from the Latin phrase, “to hold the place of”. In fact, the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations NALTO estimates that locum tenens practitioners are utilized in three-quarters of all hospitals to augment their permanent medical staff. Temporary physicians provide patient care for a total of more than 600,000 days per year. The locum tenens business has grown into a $1.9 billion industry.

Hospitals and clinics have difficulty and adequate time and resources to find qualified and available temporary staff when they are needed, especially if there is limited planning when shift openings occur at the spur of the moment. Locum tenens organizations will partner with hospitals and clinics to provide coverage for urgent and vacant physician, nurse practitioner and physician assistant shifts.

Echo Locum Tenens

Echo Locum Tenens partners with hospitals and clinics throughout the country to provide coverage to communities that need it most. We have a dedicated team working with staff and providers to ensure the process of applying for a shifts, credentialing and arranging for housing and travel (when needed) is smooth and quick.

Our recruiting team makes an active effort to form a relationship with each provider, to assist with the application process and answer any questions along the way. And our program managers coordinate with hospitals and clinics to make sure that shifts and filled and their patients are receiving the care that they need.

View shift opportunities here.

Explore partnership options here.

Overview

Healthcare is rapidly changing, and it’s no secret that there is a shortage of physicians. With the population of baby-boomers expanding rapidly and finding themselves in need of acute care there is a heightened need for more providers to care for patients. Health systems have a constant need for interim staffing, hospitals and clinics often turn to locum tenens agencies for help. The phrase locum tenens is derived from the Latin phrase, “to hold the place of”. In fact, the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations NALTO estimates that locum tenens practitioners are utilized in three-quarters of all hospitals to augment their permanent medical staff. Temporary physicians provide patient care for a total of more than 600,000 days per year. The locum tenens business has grown into a $1.9 billion industry.

Hospitals and clinics have difficulty and adequate time and resources to find qualified and available temporary staff when they are needed, especially if there is limited planning when shift openings occur at the spur of the moment. Locum tenens organizations will partner with hospitals and clinics to provide coverage for urgent and vacant physician, nurse practitioner and physician assistant shifts.

Echo Locum Tenens

Echo Locum Tenens partners with hospitals and clinics throughout the country to provide coverage to communities that need it most. We have a dedicated team working with staff and providers to ensure the process of applying for a shifts, credentialing and arranging for housing and travel (when needed) is smooth and quick.

Our recruiting team makes an active effort to form a relationship with each provider, to assist with the application process and answer any questions along the way. And our program managers coordinate with hospitals and clinics to make sure that shifts and filled and their patients are receiving the care that they need.

View shift opportunities here.

Explore partnership options here.

As a locum tenens physician, you have the unique opportunity to see and experience new places in addition to learning about different practice settings. Our expert travel staff have compiled a list of tips to assist with getting acclimated to each new city.

  1. Do research before moving. Familiarize yourself with the city you are moving to by reading about it and finding pictures online. You can learn the type of climate, what activities are available, and find eateries you’ll want to try out all before you move.
  2. Ask people for suggestions.The best way to learn about fun activities and restaurants is to ask people who’ve been living in the city. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. You can also check sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor to find out what people recommend.
  3. Say yes to everything. The only way you’ll meet new people and enjoy new experiences is by saying “yes” to new opportunities.
  4. Build a social support network. Use your friends to network and meet new people. You can also use online services like MeetUp to find others in the area that have similar interests or hobbies.
  5. Be a tourist for the day. It’s easy to forget to see the sights and sounds of a new town. Do a little research and find out what is a must see in your town. Then, schedule a day to experience the city.

Have a suggestion you don’t see on this list? Send us your tips here!

Sources: Well Clinic, Apartment Therapy, Forbes, Bustle
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  • Want to earn extra money?
  • Enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people?
  • Need a break from your daily routine?
  • Need to work for a few weeks until you start a new job?
  • Like having control over when you work and where?
  • Want to do research before you settle for a permanent position?
  • Like the idea of no overhead?
  • Want to work part-time while you enjoy retirement?

 

If you answered yes to any of the above, locum tenens might be the path for you.

Healthcare facilities throughout the country are recognizing the value of using locum tenens physicians, which opens many doors and opportunities for physicians. There are many different types of practice settings that may require cross-country travel or no travel at all.

Locum tenens work is often closely tied to travel, which isn’t necessarily the case. You are in control of your shift location, so if you have commitments that prohibit you from traveling locum tenens can still be a good fit.

Search for the most up to date shift opportunities here: http://echolocum.com/jobs/

Or click here download our mobile app to have the most up to date shift at your fingertips.

There are many benefits to becoming a locum tenens. As a locum tenens, you have control over the amount of shifts you take, you can test out new practice settings, and have the unique opportunity to see the country. If you’re thinking about becoming a locum tenens then you probably want to know what you can do in your off hours. We have you covered! We’re spotlighting different areas around the country to give you a better idea of where you might want to find your next adventure.

California is a state with a wide range of activities to be enjoyed. If you’re an outdoors lover or a shopping fanatic there is plenty to fill your time. We’ve made a list of ten activities to try while in California.

10 things to do in California

  1. Camp or take a walk through Redwood National Park
  2. Stroll Cannery Row and stop off at the Monterey Aquarium
  3. Enjoy a day of Vineyard Tours
  4. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
  5. Explore Yosemite Park
  6. Skiing at Lake Tahoe
  7. Take a Safari adventure at Safari West
  8. Spend a day at the Sacramento Zoo
  9. Do a little shopping at the Gilroy Premium Outlets
  10. Take a spooky tour of the Winchester Mystery House

Sound like a place you want to be? We have openings in the California area! Click here to view openings.

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The Center for Creative Leadership identifies “people” as a resource contributing to 30% of individual learning and growth. Mentors usually are seen as “wise guides,” those who can challenge, encourage and help you walk through learning situations with thought-provoking questions. They share their experiences and provide a safe space to learn. Mentors have the ability to provide both professional advice that you can trust and also their experiences in a professional field or role of interest to you. When entering into a mentorship you should do your best to take full advantage of their knowledge and experience. Below are a few helpful tips to ensure you make the most of mentoring.

1. Be prepared
It’s up to you to guide the content of these meetings. Take a few minutes to think through what would be of most value – and don’t be afraid to share that with your mentor.

2. Challenges are ok
If there is something you want to talk through – don’t be afraid to ask. Everyone has challenges (including your mentor) and they can often provide a different perspective.

3. Leverage networks
Ask your mentor to introduce you to their network.

4. Be Included
Ask if there are projects and/or opportunities your mentor could include you in or expose you to that would deepen your perspective.

5. Get Feedback
Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback or guidance. Often mentors can provide alternative viewpoints to help expand your thinking.

6. Resources
Mentors can be a great source for learning materials and tools. Encourage them to share articles, blogs, tools, books that they find interesting.

7. Be proactive
Schedule time proactively and on a recurring basis.

8. Share your goals
Mentors are a great resource to weigh in on goals and progress.

9. Leverage face to face
Use facetime, webcams and of course “in person” time when possible.

10. Say “Thanks”
Mentors have volunteered their time to help guide you. Don’t be afraid to send them a thank you.

Do you have any tips to add? Send us your tips for getting the most of mentoring here.

Source: Jennifer Beals, Director, Learning & Development, Sound Physicians
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Whether you realize it or not, as a physician you’re seen as a leader in the hospital and in your community. Patients, their families and medical staff look up to you. Even though you may not think of yourself as a physician leader, you are in other’s eyes. In medical school you likely had very little exposure to basic fundamentals that business leaders have as part of their armamentarium. You may feel out maneuvered in the c-suite or negotiating with people you interface with every day: nursing, case management, pharmacy and the list goes on. But there are things you can do in your spare time to make yourself a capable and effective leader.

One fact of life for locum tenens physicians is you travel a lot. Although you likely work long hours, you also probably have time in the evenings or even on a flight that you can use to gain new leadership skills. Instead of turning on the television, grab a book and get familiar with how to become an effective leader in your own right. Below you’ll find a few books on leadership that are must reads.

Primal Leadership – Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence

‪by Daniel Goleman‪, Richard E. Boyatzis, Annie McKee

This book, from a macro perspective, concentrates on how emotional factors affect a person’s thinking process, as well as, how a person’s actions or words generate emotions in others. The authors of the book use scientific studies and information about the human brain and psychology to illustrate how and why our emotions affect our thoughts, and actions, and those of others around us. read more

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions

‪by John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber

Our Iceberg Is Melting is a simple fable about doing well in an ever-changing world. Based on the award-winning work of Harvard’s John Kotter, it is a story that has been used to help thousands of people and organizations drive change management on teams and organizations. It event helps at home. Read more

How Successful People Think – Change Your Thinking Change Your Life

by John C. Maxwell

Full of interactive questions and space for readers to provide answers, as well as new material for readers to assess their current type of thinking, this workbook guides readers in applying the lessons they learned from how successful people think or the book which it was derived from, Thinking For A Change. Read more

Delivering Happiness

by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness is Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s first book. In the book, Tony shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business; through LinkExchange (acquired by Microsoft for $265 million), Zappos, and more. Read more

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

by Steven Covey

Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, has been a top-seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Read more

Crucial Conversations

by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey

The New York Times and Washington Post bestseller that changed the way millions communicate. Read more