Physicians searching for more flexibility and balance in their personal and work lives and who are “locums curious” should consider attending the 2022 Locums Doc Summit — the first locum tenens event that was created by physicians for physicians.
The summit is a two-day event that promises to help physicians jumpstart a career in locum tenens. Conference host and locum tenens physician Dr. Stephanie Freeman and a cast of industry experts will explain the ins and outs of working as a locums physician from May 20-21 at Norris Conference Center in the Houston City Center.
Dr. Freeman – a board-certified critical care physician, a 14-year locum tenens veteran, and an author, speaker, and consultant – launched the summit virtually in October 2021 as a way to gauge interest in a larger event. Attendance at the inaugural event was so strong that Dr. Freeman decided to take the next step with a hybrid event combining the benefits of in-person education and networking with the easy access of virtual streaming.
Dr. Freeman says she created the summit to share her expertise and spread awareness of the benefits of locum tenens with her fellow physicians.
“I put this event together because there were no other events that were made by locum tenens physicians for locum tenens physicians. I saw a need for an event that talks about our needs as locums from people who can talk the talk and walk the walk.”
Conference events consist of several professional speakers, including doctors, lawyers, and financial experts, who will cover different aspects of working as a locum tenens physician. Topics include:
- Finances for locums doctors
- Locums travel
- How to read a locum tenens contract
- How to spot good and bad assignments
On May 19, the day before the event officially starts, the summit includes an optional VIP Day where she will conduct a six-hour virtual group coaching session. Participants will learn how to identify what they want in a locum tenens career and what to expect on their first assignment.
Forming bonds with other physicians is a key aspect of the Locums Doc Summit. As Dr. Freeman explains:
“What I want participants to take away from this event is that they don’t have to feel alone or isolated in their locums journey, and for them to realize that there is a large community of physicians who have chosen this non-traditional career path. There are many resources available to them, there is strength in numbers, and it’s okay to reach out to other locums docs and begin developing a community of others just like you.”