The Anatomy of a Locum Tenens Orientation

Whether you’re planning to utilize a locum tenens physician for the first time or have worked with independent contractors before, there is always a small adjustment period. One of the advantages of using locum physicians is their adaptability and ability to quickly thrive in their new environment.

When you have a sudden gap, it’s tempting to just send a willing physician right to work. However, it’s crucial to set these providers up for success and properly integrate them into your medical facility or practice. Taking a few easy steps to orient a locums physician in the beginning eases the transition, saves time, and minimizes stress during his or her assignment. Read on to learn the basics that you should include in your next orientation.

Smooth out technical difficulties. Ideally, the physician will be entered into your system before he or she walks through your door. Double-check that the physician has access to the patient scheduling system, electronic medical records (EMR) system, and prescription entry system to effectively treat patients. Lack of planning and technical difficulties can be frustrating for both the provider and patient. Prepare a photo identification badge with the correct spelling of the physician’s name, ensuring he or she can work immediately with staff and patients.

Schedule a quick EMR training session. Blocking off a little bit of time for training is useful for physicians entering your facility for the first time. Each facility is different, so locums physicians need to familiarize themselves with the EMR system that your facility uses. Although quick learners by nature, physicians with knowledge of the basics have an important jumpstart in their assignment.

Conduct a facility tour. Unfortunately, many locum tenens physicians are turned loose without any knowledge of their surroundings. Take a few minutes to give your locums physician a tour of your facility, particularly the department where he or she will most often be working. Point out where supplies and equipment are kept and be sure to provide all the proper keys or cards needed to access drawers or cabinets.

Provide a contact person. No matter how thorough your orientation, questions are inevitable. Provide a list of contact people who can answer questions on various issues if any should arise later.

Remember, taking a little bit of time to complete these basic activities will help set up your locum tenens physician for a successful assignment. Ultimately, this helps improve patient care and staff continuity.

If you are interested in learning more about securing locum tenens coverage for your facility, visit the Medicus Healthcare Solutions website or call 855.301.0563 to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives today.

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