On this episode I talked to Trevor Cabrera, MD, The Nomadic Pediatrician who chose to pursue locum tenens with CHG Healthcare, straight out of residency. This unusual route comes with a range of benefits and its own set of challenges.
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We explore Trevor’s career path and how he ended up chasing to take a non-traditional path once he finished his pediatric residency and set out on a path as a temporary employee in a wide range of locations. Unlike the traveling nurse, this type of temporary work is as an independent contractor (aka 1099) and comes with a wide variability on contract duration and some individual challenges like managing your own pay, benefits, healthcare coverage and liability, and licensure. Alongside this is a wealth of opportunity and experience that has allowed Trevor to become the MacGyver of Medicine starting quickly in any new location.
Along the way, he has developed a more fully rounded picture of patients, and the healthcare system and learned many new skills and clinical capabilities that were not part of the traditional medical school education.
Listen in to hear about his experience, the positive experiences, and opportunities to travel and see other parts of the country and develop skills to cope when resources are limited.
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For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.
This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.