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How to pack for an international locum tenens assignment

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When it comes to an international locums assignment, how and what you pack matters. Most international flights only allow one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person. How do you get what you need for six or 12 months into that? By following these packing tips from veteran international locums.

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Locums just got easier with our redesigned website

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Here at Global Medical Staffing, we obsess over locum tenens and how to make it work better for both our doctors and our clients. As part of our commitment to constantly moving the industry forward, we’re also focused on making our website easier to use. To that end, we’ve just launched our new website. Check it out by starting on our homepage.

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Locum tenens in Hawaii: A passion for medicine meets an adventure of a lifetime

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Family medicine physician Dr. T recently took her first locums assignment to Hawaii, and she is thrilled with how the adventure has enriched her life. She chose locums in order to travel and to experience different cultures — and Hawaii, a melting pot of culture, is the perfect place for both.

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Locum tenens in New Zealand: Must-knows before taking a locums assignment among the Kiwis

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Want to go somewhere where you’re always near a beach, the sights are stunning, the people are friendly, and where you’re bound to find adventure? Make sure to add New Zealand to your bucket list of locums destinations.

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6 reasons we appreciate our locums doctors (in GIFs!)

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At Global Medical, we appreciate our locums doctors for many reasons, but most of all because they are truly amazing people who also happen to be excellent physicians. Our physicians continue to wow us!

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Why these 4 doctors love working international locum tenens

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Some doctors describe international locums as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, others grab the kids and take them on a series of international jet-setting adventures, and still others embrace it as their new lifestyle. However doctors can fit it in, all of them call their international assignments amazing adventures.

Here’s what four physicians love most about international locums.

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Locums in Guam: Doctor goes on adventure of a lifetime

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Dr. Cheri McCue has always loved traveling. Still, she didn’t expect to one day get on a plane and end up living in Guam for several months.

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The 10 best podcasts and blogs for locums doctors

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Podcasts are easy to listen to almost anywhere — while commuting, while exercising, or even while doing household chores. The best podcasts are funny, inspiring, and knowledge-filled. With so many podcasts available, as well as so many great blogs, it can be hard to find the most beneficial and enjoyable ones, so we sorted through them for you. Here are some of the best podcasts and blogs specifically for doctors and locums docs.

Medical care

1. Reach MD
This podcast, available on the website or through mobile apps for iPhone and Android, is a great way to keep up on clinical research and practice techniques. It offers several themed series, including one dedicated to locum tenens with episodes like this one from an international locums insider covering some of his clinical research conducted while on assignment in New Zealand.

Reach MD includes numerous other ongoing series, including Grand Rounds Nation with outstanding talks from top academic centers. Another series is Primary Care Today, with clinical experts highlighting the latest trends in primary care practice.

2. Kevin MD
Founded in 2004 by Kevin Pho, MD, KevinMD.com is a great way to keep up with the pulse of the industry as told in blogs by thousands of physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, medical students, policy experts, and patients. It covers numerous aspects of the healthcare industry — including policy, meds, tech, and private practice — and is easy to browse on a smartphone.

Physicians’ financial matters

3. White Coat Investor
The White Coat Investor delivers information specifically for physicians to better manage their finances, from how to pay off student loans to how to invest strategically. You can listen to the podcasts on ITunesOvercastAcast, Stitcher or Google Play. The blog itself provides tons of information about better money management from doctors for doctors.

4. Physician Side Gigs
This blog site explores ways for physicians to make extra income, gain the tax benefits that non-W2 endeavors provide, and help physicians think about ways to make passive income instead of always trading time for dollars. Read blog posts and join the Facebook group to hear how other physicians are making extra income.

5. Passive Income MD 
Practicing anesthesiologist Dr. Peter Kim created Passive Income MD to serve as a personal documentation of his journey to find ways to achieve passive income, with the goal to be able to spend more time with loved ones. Get how-tos and ideas, learned from his and others’ failed experiments, and hear from other fellow doctors.

6. Physician Philosopher
The Physician Philosopher blog by an anesthesiologist in academia focuses on helping doctors attain financial independence by focusing on doing the 20 percent right with money and wealth in order to get 80 percent worth of results. The goal: to obtain a life well lived. In addition to how-tos, it includes numerous blog interviews with physicians posted on the site (that you can listen to through your smartphone) who have made smart decisions to build wealth.

7. Physician on FIRE
FIRE stands for: financial independence; retire early. A doctor who built enough wealth by age 39 to retire (but who remains in the medical field out of passion) runs the site. The entire website with all of its blog content, calculators, and other resources all revolve around helping physicians attain financial independence, whether the goal is to retire early to pursue other passions, cut back on work, or to build wealth and use money more strategically.

The physician lifestyle

8.Locumstory.com
Locumstory.com is for physicians, PAs, and NPs interested in or already involved in locums tenens and provides numerous stories and resources for physicians still deciding if locums fits their career and their life. Get valuable information from blog stories, videos, physicians stories, quizzes, PDF downloads, and other resources about everything from what you need to know about taxes as a locum tenens doctor to what it’s like to practice in various places around the world or in the U.S.

9. The Happy Doctor Podcast
This podcast shares ways physicians and medical students are finding happiness, purpose, and inspiration for providing health care. The stories, tips, and knowledge reconnect students and physicians to a love of medicine in a simple, personalized, and practical way — and are easy to listen to while commuting, exercising, or taking a break. Listen through the website, iTunes, or Stitcher.

10. Physician Grind
On the Physician Grind podcast, doctors and other healthcare providers discuss the beautiful, bad, and ugly in medicine — through true, remarkable stories. Each episode focuses on one in-depth story and lasts around five minutes. Listen through the website. The stories are truly entertaining.

Happy reading and listening!

Have we included your favorite bloggers and podcasts for doctors? Let us know in the comments below.

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