How to Stand Out as a Locum Hospitalist
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How to Stand Out as a Locum Hospitalist The time spent working as alocum hospitalistvaluable time the doctor can use to grow professionally while also is providing great care at the same time. The thing is, locums are finding the market increasingly competitive in terms of locating and landing the best assignments. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Published 05 April 2016
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How to Stand Out as a Locum Hospitalist The time spent working as alocum hospitalistvaluable time the doctor can use to grow professionally while also is providing great care at the same time. The thing is, locums are finding the market increasingly competitive in terms of locating and landing the best assignments. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Competition raises the bar for everyone involved, ultimately resulting in better care for patients. Competing for the best assignments is a matter of standing out. It's no different from applying for a traditional job in any other sector. The successful locum is the one who knows how to make him or herself stand out from the crowd, rather than being lost in a sea of applicants vying for the same position. And by the way, standing out is as necessary for the temporary locum as it is for the career locum.
Gaining Experience HelpsA Lot The first lesson competitive locum hospitalists learn is that gaining experience helps, and it helps a lot. The doctor just getting started in the locum game is a virtual unknown regardless of how many years he or she has been practicing medicine. That means the first few assignments are likely going to be less-than-prime. That's okay. Those assignments represent experience that will pay off in the future. Doctors should specifically look for assignments that will provide practical experience in areas such as productivity, patient safety, and quality improvement. These three things are critical to hospitalist work, so gaining experience in them automatically adds weight to a CV. CV and Work History A curious thing aboutlocum assignmentsthat they add up to tell the story of the doctor's career. Remaining is competitive is therefore enhanced by keeping detailed records of all previous assignments, and then using that information correctly. For example, there should never be any holes in a doctor's CV. Even breaks between assignments should be explained to some degree.
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Also, consider that a CV is much like a resume. It can be adjusted for every potential assignment to highlight that experience that is most relevant to the position being applied for. Other experience can and should be listed, but focus will be drawn to the most relevant experience first. Being the Best One Can Be Most important to competing for the best assignments is the basic concept of being the best hospitalist one can be. At the end of the day, hospitalists and staffing agencies would rather hire a doctor they know they can rely on to provide high-quality care and get along with facility staff and management at the same time. They are not interested in doctors who take their assignment slightly, seem only interested in their own needs, or border on incompetence. The doctor who always tries to be the best he or she can be is a doctor whose reputation will gradually grow with each new assignment. Believe it or not, reputations are known within the locum industry. Doctors can make a name for themselves to such a degree that their reputations precede them in the most competitive markets. Positive reputations make landing the best assignments a whole lot easier. Locum hospitalists provide a valuable service to the facilities they work for. They take temporary assignments that relieve staffing shortages, meet the needs of patients, and make facility management easier. But not all assignments are created equally. The doctor who wants the best assignments must be willing to compete for them by gaining positive experience, keeping detailed records, and building and maintaining a reputation as a quality doctor.
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