Reasons to Think Rural with Your Next Locum Tenens Assignment

Reasons to Think Rural with Your Next Locum Tenens Assignment

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https://www.vistastaff.com/job-board - The physician shortage in the United States is not going away anytime soon. New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) supports previous estimates, projecting shortages between 40,800 and 104,900 doctors by 2030. That means job opportunities will always be abundant, and a career in locum tenens can open doors wherever you want to go—so when looking ahead to future work, the choice is truly yours.

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Reasons to Think Rural with Your Next Locum Tenens Assignment
The physician shortage in the United States is not going away anytime soon. New data from the Association of American
Medical Colleges (AAMC) supports previous estimates, projecting shortages between 40,800 and 104,900 doctors by
2030. That means job opportunities will always be abundant, and a career in locum tenens can open doors wherever
you want to go—so when looking ahead to future work, the choice is truly yours.

When deciding on your next position as a locum tenens clinician, remember that you have the power to make an
enormous impact, especially in underserved rural communities. Consider the following.
The Need is Dire in Rural America
Particularly as our population continues to age, rural areas are up against the perfect storm—a combination of retiring
doctors, younger doctors staying in urban or suburban settings, and older patients who need more services and specialty
care. For some rural communities, lack of access to care presents a dangerous problem. Facilities may not have enough
doctors on staff, or lack a certain specialist entirely.
Locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners can step in and make an immediate impact in these areas by
improving the quality of care available. Locum tenens clinicians help provide relief to health care teams feeling the stress
of high caseloads, cut down on patient wait times and deliver, in some cases, life-saving care.
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Appreciative Populations, Familiar Faces
Rural areas also present opportunities to give back to populations with specific needs and unique challenges. We’ve
talked previously on our blog about the benefits of supporting our country’s veterans with the VA, or taking on work
with the Indian Health Service (IHS). No matter what you decide, working in a smaller town can mean steady work from
familiar faces and patients who appreciate your care.
At VISTA, we frequently hear from doctors placed in rural settings that more exposure results in greater closeness to
their patients—not to mention referrals to family members and friends. Rural locum tenens work allows you to interact
with your patients in meaningful ways and build long-term connections, compared to busier urban settings where you
may treat patients just once.
Need More Reasons?
There are a variety of other arguments for rural over urban locum tenens life, such as shorter commutes and more time
in the great outdoors. A position in a rural setting can mean a chance to slow down the pace while getting involved in
the local community.
If you’re still on the fence and want to talk to someone about rural locum tenens, contact us today, or visit our job board
to see what opportunities are currently available.

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