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A Day in the Life of a Mint Physician Consultant

  1. 1. A Day in the Life of a Mint Physician Consultant
  2. 2. Physician consulting is a unique job that brings facilities and clinicians together to create the perfect match for both parties. Those searching for locum tenens careers in Houston, Miami, or surrounding areas often wonder what their locum tenens agency physician consultant does on a day-to-day basis. Mint Physician Staffing, a premier locum tenens agency, sat down with one of our top consultants and account managers, Selmen Selman, as he answered some frequently asked questions about a day in the life of a Mint physician consultant.
  3. 3. A: A family member works next door to Mint’s office in Miami and mentioned that I should consider working as a consultant. I was originally interested in the financial services industry, but after meeting with Stuart [McKelvey], I was really sold on his history as a businessman and the culture of the company. My conversation with him inspired me to research the healthcare industry. When I learned about the growth and potential of locum tenens careers, I knew this would be a long-lasting industry that I wanted to get involved in. Q: How did you end up in physician consulting?
  4. 4. A: It is a roller coaster. You have to keep your head on a swivel, and you need to be able to deal with high-pressure situations. Travel arrangements can cause hiccups for a locum tenens physician. A client can have something happen and will need emergency shifts covered within a three- week time span. Murphy’s Law is real and something you have to expect to combat. However, that makes successful deals that much sweeter when you’ve made all parties involved happy. Q: What’s a typical workday like? Are there urgent, spur-of- the-moment positions that need to be filled?
  5. 5. A: It always depends. Some months I’m spending 75% of my time calling physicians, consulting on new assignments, while 25% of my time is dedicated to building game plans and scheduling physicians I currently work with. Other months, it’s 80% paperwork to try and expedite privileges as quickly as possible. The time I dedicate towards certain things on a day-to-day basis is all dependent on what my roster of physicians needs from me at any given time. Q: How do you spend your time each day?
  6. 6. A: I don’t have a favorite job to consult for, but I do prefer consulting for clients that we have a direct relationship with. When a VMS or MSP is involved, so many different layers of communication can slow down the transfer of information. Q: Do you have a favorite job type to consult for (hospital-based, freestanding, rural, etc.)?
  7. 7. A: First and foremost, saving lives. After that, showing physicians that they can have a lot more flexibility and enjoyment in the workplace if they are open to locum tenens. It’s a great feeling when you’re able to completely change a physician’s life from both a family and financial perspective. Coming from a family of doctors, I have witnessed firsthand the workload and stress that comes with being a physician and how physicians are sometimes taken advantage of. Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
  8. 8. A: There have been a few. A lot of physicians I work with are just a bit older than me, so we share a similar taste in music and pop culture, which I find pretty cool. I also have had physicians fly into Miami and meet me for lunch. I am actually planning a fishing trip with a physician I work with. It’s refreshing to see how close you can become to the doctors you place. At the end of the day, they confide in you, and that is a huge responsibility. That responsibility can lead to friendships if handled correctly, and who doesn’t love new friends? Q: Tell me about your relationships with your doctors. Have any become personal friends?