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Vacation denied: 29% of MDs can't find locums

The Canadian Medical Association has reported some new numbers on locum use from the 2007 National Physician Survey.

According to the survey, 29% of doctors wanted to get a locum to come in and cover their practices for a time but were unable to find someone willing to do so. Unsurprisingly, therefore, nearly half of physicians said they were dissatisfied with the availability of locums.

"As a profession we should be worried about that," said CMA president Dr Robert Ouellet.

One solution, proposed by the CMA in 2003 but still not achieved, is to create a licence to practise for locums that would enable them to move from province to province without regulatory hassles.

You can read the CMA's full release here.

Want to know where to look to try to track down one of those elusive locums? Earlier this year Parkhurst Exchange published an article I wrote called "Help! I can't find a locum!" that might give you some ideas.

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3 comments:

  1. sharon12 August, 2009 9:13 AM

    If you want to "catch" something you have to have "bait".

    Bait is not describing what fantastic fishing equipment you have.....

    Bait is something the "catch" is already hunting for......

    Q-What are "locums" hunting for?

    All of the ones I have ever met had a " personal" reason for their choice:
    e.g.

    +relocation scan (keenest)
    +money ( poorest patient-centred performers )
    +access to "new" experience (casual)

    I think some thought should be given to adding some "evaluation" power to the experience that enhances their professional status

    let's forecast:
    ( which is what "proactive" really means in a strategic plan )
    e.g.
    A new thrust for enhancing their exposure to" collaborative practice"......

    ...... versus "family practice" placement alone

    Q- will this be the next funded model?

    (excerpt from an evaluation framework)

    'new partnerships, structures, curricula, communications, and resources are needed to support interprofessional education and practice'

    Now all we have to do is two things:

    1.find out how to get the bait " on a hook"

    2.get the "catch" to recognize the "bait".....

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  2. Purley Quirt (aka Sharon)17 September, 2009 9:23 AM

    now here's an idea.........

    www.agriconnect.com


    :)

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