Correctional Medicine: Choose Between Making Time and Doing Time as a Physician

Correctional Medicine: Choose Between Making Time and Doing Time as a Physician
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Medical Doctor Associates
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September 16, 2016 14:45 PM (EDT)
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Attain the Ideal Work-Life Balance in Correctional Medicine

If you’re already working as a locum tenens provider, chances are you prefer a workday free from the administrative hassles and long hours that come with private practice or a typical hospital or clinic setting. Locum tenens physician assignments provide you with that and more, giving you endless opportunities to “try before you buy” when it comes to a particular setting, field of practice and geographical location. But there is a sub-field of locum tenens that can offer you even more freedom: an assignment in Correctional Medicine.

Correctional Medicine Offers the Coveted Weekday Only Workweek

Many locum tenens physicians claim that the single most attractive aspect of Correctional Medicine is the weekday only workweek, which is virtually unheard of in a traditional clinic or hospital setting. Additionally, the hours are typically eight-hour shifts, worked Monday through Friday, with weekends and holidays off. Flexible schedules are also possible with up to 10 hour shifts or part-time. These hours are ideal for physicians who want to make family a priority – especially those with small children, as well as providers who want to pursue hobbies that are best-enjoyed on weekends. As if these ideal hours aren’t attractive enough, another benefit of Correctional Medicine is the fact that generally call duties are not given to locum providers or are very light and require no call backs. Additionally, there are never any hospital rounds responsibilities.

Free Yourself from Administrative Hassles with A Correctional Medicine Assignment

Another great aspect of locum tenens assignments in correctional medicine is the freedom from administrative hassles they provide. The atmosphere is purely patient-focused. You won’t be filing insurance claims or researching treatment or prescription options based on individual insurance coverage. Every institution has its own formulary and protocols to follow regarding treatment plans for each diagnosis. Just imagine how much more pleasant your workdays will be without these headaches!

Correctional Medicine Provides a Safer Environment Than Many Hospitals

If you’ve never heard of Correctional Medicine, you may be unsure of the working conditions, which may seem intimidating given the setting. You would probably be surprised to learn just how safe this environment is for physicians. Statistically speaking, it’s safer than most hospital settings, particularly Emergency Rooms, where providers are often exposed to patients in various states of mental, emotional or physiological distress. Correctional facilities are actually extremely controlled and secure environments, very unlike what is often portrayed to dramatic effect in many movies and television shows. Although your caseload is sure to offer a wide variety of interest, the type of care you provide is typically outpatient-only and generally routine. Some facilities do have infirmaries which are run by the RN staff and used for isolation from the general population until the patient is well enough to return. Emergency and cases requiring specialists or hospitalization are often sent to facilities outside the institution.

Excellent Benefits and Job Stability for Physicians in Correctional Medicine

An assignment in Correctional Medicine is ideal for the physician who wants more time to devote to family, hobbies or other interests outside of work. But oftentimes these locum tenens opportunities lead to permanent placement. In addition to the ideal work-life balance, a permanent position in Correctional Medicine usually offers excellent benefits, retention bonuses, and job stability, among many other benefits. If this sounds like something that might interest you, we invite you to ask us for more details about our current openings in Correctional Medicine. We think you’ll be happy you did. Give us a call for more details 800.780.3500.

 

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