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Onboarding locum tenens physicians – Fall 2014

By Darren Montgomery, Vice President, Medical Doctor Associates

From providing continuity of care when you need emergency coverage, to helping you launch a new service line, locum tenens physicians can bring a number of benefits to your facility. Ensure you get the most out of each experience by avoiding these three common mistakes:

  1. Not providing orientation.
    Though common for other new employees, many facilities don’t offer an orientation to locums providers. Orientation allows the locums provider the chance to get to know your staff, the surroundings, your EMR, and other systems they must know in order to work effectively and efficiently.
  2. Lack of communication.
    Communicate regularly with both the physician and the staffing agency to discuss the provider’s progress and any improvements or adaptations that can be made in order to best fit your facility’s needs. Remember, physician staffing consultants are available to keep the channels of communication open and ensure your needs are met.
  3. Underutilizing providers.
    It’s important to recognize the training, skill and experience that locums physicians bring to your facility. Locum tenens physicians are there to assist your patients and your organization, so be sure to gain a full understanding of how they may help so they can do exactly that.

Want to learn more about onboarding locums providers at your facility? Visit or call 800-780-3500.

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