Locum Tenens Physicians Help Hospitals Address Staffing Shortages

“Hospital administrators said that using locum tenens physicians helped boost patient access to care and address staffing shortages by filling vacant positions.

Hospitals are increasingly utilizing locum tenens physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs), and telehealth services to address staffing shortages, according to a report from LocumTenens.com. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated hospital staffing shortages as many clinicians faced burnout and mental health struggles, pushing them to leave the field. In addition, hospitals have struggled to recruit new providers to meet the growing care demands of an aging population.

The report found that hospitals’ top concern was attracting talent (25.8 percent), followed by avoiding burnout (20.6 percent) and retaining talent (19.4 percent). Respondents also said that controlling costs (15.2 percent), improving the patient experience (9.4 percent), and scheduling providers (9.05 percent) were areas of concern. Around 90 percent of respondents said they use locum tenens physicians. Nearly 60 percent of those who do not outsource physicians reported that they will consider using locum tenens staff in the future. Over half of respondents (52.3 percent) have been using locum tenens providers or outsourcing physicians for more than five years. Nearly a quarter have been outsourcing for three to five years, while 23 percent have recently turned to locum tenens staff within the past two years.

In the past, locum tenens coverage has been accompanied by negative perceptions regarding cost and patient experience. However, healthcare leaders said that using locum tenens providers helped increase patient access to care (68.8 percent), their ability to fill previously unfilled positions (60.9 percent), and staffing flexibility (55.6 percent).”


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By: Victoria Bailey

Conquering Burnout in Radiology Practices

“In the 2022 “Radiologist Lifestyle, Happiness and Burnout Report” from Medscape, 49 percent of radiologists reported burnout with radiology ranking eighth among 29 specialties. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on our communities and our practices. We are working longer shifts than ever before and the demands of our careers are often on a head-on collision course with our personal lives.
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What is my call to action? We are all responsible for addressing burnout as individuals and in our practices. As individuals, we can learn more about self-leadership, self-management and empathy and use our learning to address burnout within ourselves and how we interact with others. At our practices, we can approach burnout systemically, deploying strategies and tactics to take care of our colleagues in more intentional ways. Isolated and alone, burnout is a formidable foe. Together, we can overcome.”

Written By: Chris Mattern, M.D.

To access the full article: https://www.diagnosticimaging.com/view/conquering-burnout-in-radiology-practices

Locum Tenens Provider Spotlight – Dr. A

Specialty: Internal Medicine/Hospitalist
Home State: North Carolina
Practicing Locum Tenens Since 2006

Getting to Know Dr. A:
Why did you first pursue locum tenens work?
Flexibility. Choosing my own work schedule allows me to set aside dates I prefer to be off work.
Describe the most unique assignment you’ve worked.
This was one of the toughest assignments. It was in 2013 and located in North Carolina. The incoming hospitalist group’s contract has not been solidified yet so there was a shortage of Hospitalists to cover the service. With less than 10 Hospitalists each physician had to round 30 patients + admissions. The shifts were long, sometimes 15+ hours. It was short term but very unique nonetheless. 

What medical advancements would you like to see in the next 5 years? 

Hospitalist At-Home Program (HAH), so the Physician can visit patients at their home 3-5 days post discharge. 

Client feedback: Dr. A has been doing great within the Hospitalist Department. 

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August 8, 2022

IRVING, TEXAS: MD Staff Pointe is honoring locum tenens providers and joining healthcare staffing agencies from across the industry in recognition of National Locum Tenens Week, August 8-12.

MD Staff Pointe: Here for the expected, unexpected, and everything in between. Providing temporary coverage for hospital based specialties, consultants and surgery.

Working with MD Staff Pointe, each of our candidate works with a dedicated single point of contact throughout the search process. We strive for superior service during the search, placement, credentialing and logistics phases. Our mission, is to provide an experience to every client and candidature worth repeating and our values include: up-to-date communication, mutual respect and representative transparency.

National Locum Tenens Week occurs annually the second week in August. Led by the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®), the program’s annual platform provides a forum to collectively recognize locum tenens doctors and the contributions made by staffing agencies to the U.S. healthcare industry.

About NALTO® (https://www.nalto.org/):The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) is the only professional association of temporary physician staffing firms committed to a code of ethics and to maintaining the highest industry standards.

About MD Staff Pointe (https://www.mdstaffpointe.com/about-mdsp-2/):MD Staff Pointe began placing physicians permanently in 2007. With demand for temporary coverage in 2013, MD Staff Pointe launched their locum tenens division with just ICU coverage. MD Staff Pointe services now include locum tenens and permanent placement for all hospital-based specialties, consultants and surgeons.

Mike Zagami, Vice President
MD Staff Pointe
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How Diversity’s Power Can Help Overcome the Physician Shortage

“Projections from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) anticipate a massive shortage of physicians in the U.S. within 12 years. At the same time, however, the most recent data from the AAMC shows that the physician workforce does not look like the nation’s increasingly diverse patient population:

  • Hispanic people make up 18.5% of the U.S. population, but only 5.8% of the physician workforce.
  • Black people are 13.4% of the population, but 5% of the physician workforce.
  • Native Americans or Alaska Natives make up 1.3% of the U.S. population, but 0.3% of physicians.

With these figures in mind, can building a more diverse physician workforce help address the projected shortage?”

To read the full article written by Andis Robeznieks, click the link below:


What part of the percentage do you make up?

Percentage of women in 29 specialties

“Pediatrics has the highest percentage of female physicians compared to other specialties, according to Medscape‘s “Physician Compensation Report 2022.”

For the report, Medscape collected responses from more than 13,000 physicians across 29 specialties. Data was collected between Oct. 5, 2021, and Jan. 19, 2022. Among specialties, family medicine, internal medicine, oncology and critical care have experienced a notable increase in the percentage of female physicians since Medscape‘s 2016 report, the organization said. The report that year showed 36 percent of family physicians, 31 percent of internists, 26 percent of oncologists and 25 percent of critical care physicians were women. The percentage of female physicians in general surgery has stayed about the same, Medscape said.”

Click the link below to see specialties ranked by percentage of women, according to the 2022 report. Note: The list includes ties.


By: Kelly Gooch