Study after study has shown that administrative tasks, clerical duties, and bureaucratic headaches regularly eat away at the hours in a physician’s day and impact their ability to practice medicine. Doctors are finding themselves spending more and more time on these non-clinical tasks, and less time doing what they love best — seeing patients. Not only does this negatively affect patient care, but it has also been undeniably linked to greater stress and burnout among physicians.
One way many doctors are finding relief is by working locum tenens full-time, instead of running a practice or accepting employment at a permanent position. Locum tenens providers don’t have to deal with hospital bureaucracy or spend as many hours at work. They are in control of their own schedule, deciding when, where, and how often they want to work while still earning a comparable salary. And when they are at work, they can focus strictly on patient care. Then, when they go home, they are free to focus on friends, family, hobbies, and exploring new parts of the country.
Countless physicians say they find a renewed love of medicine when they can focus on patient care and simply leave when their shift is over, without worrying about administrative hassles. This is the case for Dr. Srinivas Bhadriraju and Dr. Roseann Freundel, both of whom found immediate relief and revitalization when they left their traditional permanent positions for the locum tenens lifestyle.
Focus on patient care
“About five years ago I started weighing my options. I knew I was more interested in the clinical aspects of medicine than the business of medicine and the responsibility of running a practice. I wanted an independent path where I could practice medicine the way I wanted to and not worry about the business side of things,” Dr. Bhadriraju says.
He decided to pursue locum tenens practice, and contacted Weatherby Healthcare, where he was assigned to his own dedicated consultant. “Lauren Mease has been a delight to work with. She’s professional and knowledgeable, and she presents me with opportunities with no element of pressure. Having Weatherby behind me, and Lauren by my side, really allows me to focus on the medicine and not worry about the non-clinical aspects of medicine.”
Healthy work-life balance
Working as an attending physician left Dr. Roseann Freundel struggling to find a work-life balance she could manage. “I had at least 10 calls per month and office hours. By the time I finished all my daily paperwork it was nearly 8 p.m. before my day ended,” she says.
But since she began accepting OB/GYN locum tenens opportunities with Weatherby Healthcare, Dr. Freundel has a newfound appreciation for her job and her patients. “In my staff role, I had to split my time and attention between patient care and administrative, managerial, and committee responsibilities. It was a toxic environment and I couldn’t do it anymore. I was just tired of the politics and all the committees that were taking me away from the patients. I’m a practitioner. I want to be hands-on.”
Dr. Freundel turned to locum tenens so she could practice medicine the way she wanted to. She hasn’t looked back. “On assignments I’m free to devote almost all my attention to the women seeking my care. Even if I have a heavy load, I know I’m going to be with my patients. I’m not getting pulled out for some administrative meeting. And I was thrilled to realize the continuity of care is still there. I can go to a place for just a weekend if I choose, but I am at many places for an extended period of time and I develop relationships with patients, which is important to me. I enjoy taking it to a deeper level.”
Shift your focus
If you’re frustrated with the amount of time you’re spending on administrative duties, locum tenens can help you shift your focus back to patient care.
At Weatherby, you will be assigned your own dedicated consultant who not only matches you with the best opportunities based on your priorities, but also handles the business side of things. Give us a call at 954.343.3050 to learn more, or view today’s opportunities in your specialty.