Ever wondered what it is like to work locum?
Dr. Neda Zamanifar (FRACGP) told Medfuture about her recent locum experience as a General Practitioner (GP). The doctor talked of her opinion on locum work, why she recommends it and how optimistic she is about her current locum position.
Dr. Neda is an experienced Adelaide based GP specialising in internal medicine and has been practicing in General Practice in Australia and overseas for over a decade. She has achieved a qualification of skin surgery from RACGP and is constantly promoting her expertise in the nutrition, skin and aesthetic field.
1. Could you tell us a bit about your current position?
I am a General Practitioner, currently working as a Locum in a clinic at Adelaide University. It is a temporary position at this stage. But let’s see how it goes on.
2. What made you undertake locum work?
I had a plan to relocate to another state. Currently, I’m in South Australia but I would like to move to another state. So in the meantime, I can not have a permanent or long term contract. The locum job gave me the opportunity to work just for a short period of time until I decide and relocate to another state. If it wasn’t for the locum option, I wouldn’t be able to find another job. At least for a short period of time, I have this job until I decide what I want to do.
3. How is your locum work experience so far?
I am quite happy with the organisation so far. They offered me five different GP jobs in five different locations. So, I had a chance to go there, look at the location, consider the environment and then decide which option is appropriate to me. It was a very good opportunity to have five choices to decide what was suitable for me. I am quite happy with this organisation. I have already started almost one week, so I am not 100% confident to comment on the work environment but so far it has been good. The team is quite supportive and I am so happy with the current job in SA.
4. Is there anything challenging about locuming? How are you adapting to it now?
Always when you join new work environments it can be a bit challenging. Revolving my job, the first challenge was that they had a new kind of computerised system, which I wasn’t familiar with. I used to work with different software and therefore it was a bit challenging. I am trying to get used to the system. However, my colleague and the Practice Manager both are fantastic, very supportive, and always ready to answer any questions.
As a GP the second challenge was that all patients were new to me. I did not have any opinion or idea about their background and so it takes time for me to get used to them, the new environment, the new patient demographic. Nevertheless, since I have a very supportive environment and colleague, I am quite happy.
5. What are the top tips you could give for doctors considering locum work?
I strongly recommend any doctor who would like to improve their skills, who would like to find a new location for the job, to first work as a locum for a few months, get familiar with the environment and the situation and see if it suits them, and then go for the long term contract. If initially, you go for the long-term contract, and if there is a conflict, you can’t sort it out. However, if you go for locum it can definitely give you a better idea so you can make an informed decision with good insight. I highly recommend locum for every doctor.
Moreover, you can choose different locations to be exposed to different patient demography. You can go for 3 months in one location, get familiar with the patient demography and then change your career, go to another position. I strongly advise it. I personally had a very good experience so far.
6. How did Medfuture help you attain your current position?
I think Medfuture is the only reason I found this job. They gave me multiple options in different locations, different environments and they gave me the chance to decide. Also, they were fantastic in communication. In 24 hours, they arranged all the meetings, in 24 hours when I sent all the documents, they lodged the documents. It was quite convenient and fast. I am happy with them.
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