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Livin’ la Vida Locums

Written by: Jayson Lett

Traditionally, locum tenens opportunities provided a means for a physician to slow down as retirement approached. Locums became a way to transition from full time work and the physician could toe-test the swimming pool before the plunge. Now, however, more and more healthcare providers are seeking out locums assignments throughout every phase of their careers. With the growing number of physicians electing to take up locums work, the reasons for doing so have increased as well. Over the last 25 years, Curare Physician Recruiting has seen the number of reasons grow with easing into retirement almost becoming a cliché.

The first and perhaps the most obvious reason to gain employment in a locum tenens position is to supplement your income. Especially in a time where physicians are incurring substantial medical education debt, locums can provide the additional income to help start the process of digging out of debt. Likewise, they can help pay for college expenses for your children if you are so inclined, or, better yet, for your fly fishing expedition to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Don’t forget to send a postcard!

It is common for a physician to bring along his or her family while on a locums assignment. This can become a working vacation of sorts. Here at Curare Physician Recruiting, we have yet to discover an employer that was not delighted that the physician brought along their family. Alternately, you can recharge your batteries without the family and enjoy some “me time”, perhaps working a week and then using another to explore the ski slopes, national parks, beaches or mountain trails. Just imagine your family’s glowing faces as they flip through photos of you swimming with manatees, sipping umbrella drinks and undergoing an excruciating poolside massage. Don’t forget the souvenirs!

Finally, locums in many instances will allow you “try before you buy.” With increasing frequency, locums assignments can shift to full time permanent positions. The doctor can work in the practice environment and community and the employer can see you in action. Look at the locums assignment as a pair of disco pants you really, really like. Are they going to clash with your chevron stethoscope? Is this particular cotton/poly blend going to shrink after one wash? Try it on for size and see how it wears.

These are just a few of the common reasons physicians are choosing to pursue locums assignments. The list is ever growing. If you would like to further explore the potential of working a locums assignment, call Josh Thurston, The Director of Locums, aka The Locums Guy at (888) 296-2581.



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Coffee with Curare 1.18.17

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Join us for Coffee with Curare  <<< click here, a weekly broadcast of the hottest physician and advanced practitioner jobs on the market. This week, we discuss  HOT jobs in Oregon and how you can reduce your student loan debt.

Give us a call at 888-880-2028 to start your job search!

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Coffee with Curare 12.14.16

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Join us for Coffee with Curare, a weekly broadcast of the hottest physician and advanced practitioner jobs on the market. This week we cover job opportunities in tropical locations and give you the inside scoop on the Curare Difference. Learn more about high paying jobs, warm locations and how you can get an edge in the market.

Job Highlights:

  • Primary Care, Neurology, Oncology and Urology on the east coast of Florida
  • Family Medicine, Pediatrician opportunities in St. Croix, Virgin Islands
  • 6 to 8 patients a day, home healthcare opportunity in San Diego, California
  • Primary Care opportunities on the Alabama coastline
  • Primary Care, Hospitalist, all specialist opportunities in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Give us a call at 888-880-2028 to learn more about these positions.  Mark your calendar and join us on January 4th, 2017 as we return to our regularly scheduled time on Wednesday at 9:30 am EST on our Facebook page. 

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Coffee with Curare 11.22.16

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Check out a special Tuesday edition of Coffee with Curare on our Facebook page:  Tune in to access your inside source to the hottest physician and advanced practitioner jobs on the market.  This week, we introduce you to our locum tenens program, give you job details on high paying temporary opportunities and permanent positions throughout the country.

Job Highlights:

  • Family Medicine, locums opportunity near Telluride, Colorado
  • All specialties, locums opportunities in Outer Banks North Carolina 
  • 13 Urgent Care providers needed in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Southern Illinois, within an hour of St. Louis, LARGE GROUP looking for OBGYN physicians  – J1 , H1 Visa candidates welcome

Give us a call at 888-880-2028 to learn more about these positions.  Mark your calendar and join us next week as we return to our regularly scheduled time on Wednesday at 9:30 am EST on our Facebook page. 


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Five Historical Female Physicians

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Today we celebrate National Women Physician’s Day by honoring the 195th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Blackwell opened the door for women to enter the field of medicine. One of the best parts of my role as a Physician Recruiter is working with women physicians every day. Check out my list of 5 amazing women physicians that have shaped our health and changed the world.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

In her early years, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was repelled by the idea of studying medicine. She decided to pursue it after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman. This experience shaped young Elizabeth’s viewpoint and she went on to graduate New York’s Geneva Medical School in 1849 as the first woman to graduate from a United States Medical School. She supported women throughout her career by co-founding an infirmary for women and children while authoring important books and articles that changed the medical field including, Medicine as a Profession for Women.

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

As the first African American woman to earn an MD in the United States, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler graduated from the New England Female Medical School in 1861. During the post-civil war era, she cared for freed slaves that would not have had access to medical care otherwise. She was known as a thought leader in her field due to her book, The Book of Medical Discourses as this was one the first medical publications written by an African American. Dr. Crumpler attributed her love of medicine to her favorite aunt in Pennsylvania, whose kindness and usefulness for the sick was continually sought after throughout the state.  

Dr. Antonio Novello

Born in Puerto Rico in 1944, Dr. Novello suffered from a condition that could only be corrected by surgery. Her family couldn’t afford the procedure until she was 18 years old. This inspired Dr. Novello to study medicine. She went on to become the first female and the first Hispanic United States Surgeon General in 1990, as an advocate on behalf of minorities and women. Her tireless work on health issues such as AIDS, smoking and underage drinking has changed the face of medicine. Her criticism of the tobacco industry in the early nineties led to a change in regulations, removing cartoon characters from smoking advertisements. .

Dr. Susan Love

Dr. Love began a long career advocating for women’s health in 1980 when she became the first female surgeon at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She developed a deep love for helping women with breast cancer and she decided to make it her life’s mission. Known as one of the “founding mothers” of the breast cancer awareness movement, she is an author, professor and member of the National Cancer Advisory Board. She went on to develop the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, an all-female team that studies innovative breast cancer treatments.

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Northrup has changed the way women view their health. She is a leading authority on wellness and she teaches her patients how to live well at every stage of life. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and practiced medicine for over 25 years. She is a best-selling author and focuses her writing on the unity of mind, body emotions and spirit. Her work as an OBGYN has inspired women to live a life of vibrant health on all levels while trusting their inner wisdom. Dr. Northrup now focuses on her role as a respected writer and speaker in Women’s Health.


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6 things I learned in my first 6 months as a Physician Recruiter

Written by: Samantha Ezzo

Relationships are everything: Establish a positive relationship with your Physician Recruiter and potential employers; this is the single best thing you can do for your job search. Being available, present and establishing a connection with your contact is what gets the interview scheduled. Even if the job isn’t right fit for you right now, establishing a good rapport will leave a good feeling with potential employers.

Proactive doctors get the job: You are marketing your livelihood, step on up and be proactive. This action will allow your Physician Recruiter to market your skills, and in turn, employers will be more motivated to expedite your recruitment process. A CV that is pleasing to the eye and informative will make an impression and compel employers to give you a call. Remember to ask for an onsite interview during the initial phone call and offer a few dates you are available for a visit. Ask for the contract during the onsite interview. Employers want doctors that want to work with them.

Competition is stiff: Ask your recruiter to be assertive with your job search. You are working with a professional that is identifying the best possible opportunities on your behalf. Push the envelope and open yourself up to opportunities that could work out in your favor. Every time your CV reaches a potential employer, they are reviewing a pool of multiple candidates, in almost all locations.

Trust the process: The process of getting a new job can take anywhere from 60 to 90 days. During that time, work with the recruiter you trust and stick with them through the process. Working with multiple recruiters will muddy the water and work against the momentum of your job search.

Your recruiter is your coach: We work with over 4,000 clients all over the country and have done so for over 20 years. Physician and Advanced Provider placement is all we do. We know the market, the industry, the contacts and the resources you need. Take the advice and feedback given and implement it immediately to see the quickest return on your job search investment.

Work with the best – work smarter, not harder: Here at Curare, time and thousands of dollars go into marketing your job search and securing a job for you. We use the latest technology and industry tools to identify the hottest job opportunities in the country. Our clients trust that we will send them qualified physicians. Working with us gives you a well regarded industry source on your side.

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The 5 Fastest Growing Cities in the US

Written by: Frank Curley

When looking for an opportunity, location is important. Will the area have all the things you’re looking for? Will it have entertainment for your family? Does it have ample nightlife for you and your spouse? Will the area continue to grow and provide a better patient base?

Recently, Forbes put together a list of cities in the US that have had the most prominent growth over the last several years. The figures used in the comparison were population numbers collected from 2000 – 2012 in areas that exceeded a population of 1 million residents. While you may not be able to find a position in some of these cities, you may be able to land one in the surrounding areas. If the thought of living in one of these bigger metropolis areas doesn’t appeal to you, but the patient potential does, you can commute from one of the many surrounding cities to these rapidly growing metros.

Here are the top 5:

  1. Raleigh, North Carolina

    • Growth: 47.8%
    • Nearby Cities: Apex, Cary, Garner, Knightdale, Wendell

    Named after Sir Walter Raleigh, this town is rich in historical value. Couple this with temperate climate (60-80F degree spring and summer) and it is a great location to call home.

  2. Austin, Texas

    • Growth: 44.9%
    • Nearby Cities: Cedar Park, Round Rock, Hutto, Kyle, Leander

    This city is home to several celebrities and athletes such as: Lance Armstrong, Walter Crokite, and Ethan Hawke.

  3. Las Vegas, Nevada

    • Growth: 43.6%
    • Nearby Cities: Winchester, Paradise, Spring Valley, Boulder City, Henderson

    Las Vegas is ripe with tourism, casinos, conventions and various other attractions.

  4. Orlando, Florida

    • Growth: 34.2%
    • Nearby Cities: Pine Hills, Winter Park, Conway, Pine Castle, Oak Ridge

    There are many attractions in this area including: Disney World, Kennedy Space Center, and Cocoa Beach.

  5. Charlotte, North Carolina

    • Growth: 32.8%
    • Nearby Cities: Matthews, Mount Holly, Concord, Monroe, Gastonia

    Charlotte is home to many professional sports teams such as: The Carolina Panthers, The Charlotte Bobcats, and several NASCAR teams.


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So you want to practice in a Big City? Here are FIVE Reasons to Consider Living and Practicing in a Major College Community.

Written by: Jerry Ramusack
  • Amenities: University towns both small and large enjoy city amenities normally found in metropolitan locations. Fine dining opportunities abound, often times with many choices for ethnic tastes from around the world. Most universities have strong theatrical and arts programs that offer up several outstanding performances every year. Fairs and festivals fill the Spring through Fall months, and town citizens enjoy the summer lull that comes with the end of each school year.


  • Strong Economy: University towns continuously have new citizens rotating in and out, bringing in their money from other parts of the state, country and world. In addition, the large pool of professors, administrators and other high-earning University employees leads to ample shopping opportunities and vibrant downtown districts. With the University being one of the biggest employers the town, you will normally end up with a well-insured patient base. Many Baby Boomers, and the money they have saved for decades, are making the decision to retire in College towns.


  • Excellent Hospitals and Medical Facilities: Most major Universities have relationships with teaching hospitals that will bring in specialists normally only found in larger cities. This equates to a more collegial work environment that allows you to keep your patients medical visits efficient as possible. The collaboration with the teaching hospitals allows access to cutting edge research and medical breakthroughs. College towns generally are not as physician saturated as most metropolitan areas, giving you an competitive edge.


  • Cultural Diversity: Universities and Colleges attract professionals and students from a wide-ranging, diverse cultural background. Most major U.S. Universities now have a large pool of International Students and intercultural dialogue is a way of life – something that occurs in every lecture theatre, library and student dorm.


  • Sports: Almost every University boasts a very well rounded Sports program with both men’s and women’s sports. Major Universities have Football and Basketball teams in which home games will have a highly professional level feel. The lower revenue generating sports, such as volleyball, women’s basketball, etc, make for great family entertainment while not busting the bank.

While practicing in a large metropolitan area certainly offers many lifestyle advantages not available in many of America’s smaller towns, College towns fill the gap while allowing you to practice with less competition and live with less congestion. Take a look at this link for a list of America’s Best College towns:

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Considerations for an opportunity with a Private Practice

Written by: Jerry Ramusack

doctor_11With the rate of mergers and acquisitions currently occurring within America’s Healthcare industry, it is often said that is getting more difficult to operate a successful, privately-owned medical practice. In our travels as nationwide consultants, we have found the availability to join private practices has dwindled in the last several years, but, it is far from dead. Here are a five topics to ponder while taking a position with a private practice into consideration.

1)      Autonomy: private practices are generally owned and operated by a physician or group of physicians. These owners are the makers of all policies and procedures. Ask how long will it take for you to become a member of the decision making committee? Will your specific practice needs be met with the current procedures in place?

2)      Compensation: a potential benefit of operating a private practice is the ability of the group to keep overhead as low as possible. In theory, this will leave behind larger chunks of income to be distributed to employees, in the form of salaried compensation, and to the owners, in the form of profits. You need to be aware of where your position in both arenas will be. Not only should you make sure your salary is competitive to comparable hospital-employed opportunities, but, you also need to know when you will become part of the profit sharing that benefits the owners of the group.

3)      Expenses: As mentioned above, expenses will have a major impact on your income. It is imperative that you discuss the practice’s current overhead and how the practice expenses affect your bottom line. Ask specifically what expenses your position will be responsible for. We’ve seen the full spectrum; from physicians seeing individual expenses for the supplies on their desk, to each specialty, within a multi-specialty group, being their own cost centers, down to all expenses getting split equally amongst all physicians in the group.

4)      Patient Referral System: One of the most important aspects of being successful in any practice, but, especially private practice, is where you patient volume will come from. A common complaint among younger physicians that are looking to move on from a private practice is that the referral patterns are setup to favor the most senior members of the group. Specifically discuss patient referral patterns and how long it will take for you to have a busy practice.

5)      Marketing of your individual brand name: Sometimes you walk into a busy practice on day one perhaps you are replacing a retiring physician or one that moved on from a full patient load, However, building a practice usually requires getting the word out and that is where marketing is going to come into play. Be sure the group has a plan to market you to the public, and do your best to get a good idea of what forms the marketing may be, ie: newspaper and yellow page ads, public speaking appearances or even commercials on TV.

These are just a few of the aspects needing consideration when joining a private practice. We represent many private practices throughout the country and would be happy to discuss these opportunities, and how you can excel in private practice, with you at anytime.

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5 Reasons to Hire an Advanced Practitioner

Written by: Victoria Sparks

doctor-tabletPhysician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) bring multiple benefits to any practice and hospital setting. Many groups are still asking why and how these providers can improve their medical teams.  Here are five reasons to consider adding an Advanced Practitioner to your group.

  1. Supply: Since 2010 there has been a 29% increase in the number of PA graduates and in 2013 there were an estimated 15,000 NP graduates. These are licensed and board certified providers who can begin adding to your practice immediately. With the decrease of primary care physicians completing school and the increase in PA and NP graduates you have an entire new pool of candidates to consider for your patient needs.
  2. Productivity: Adding a PA or NP to your practice can increase the number of patients that are seen daily. On average advanced practitioners see 3 patients per hour and for an average day can add 24 additional patient spots. This allows for easier access for patients and can reduce the stress on already established physicians in the group increasing overall productivity.
  3. Satisfaction: Groups that are utilizing advanced practitioners have increased patient satisfaction scores with the ease of scheduling and access to a provider. NPs and PAs also offer continuity of care for patients by allowing for access to a healthcare provider within the same practice as their physician if they are unavailable at their time of need; A patient can still schedule with the advanced practitioner who has access to their entire history and can consult immediately if necessary.
  4. Malpractice: The cost to provide malpractice insurance in much less for an advanced practitioner. The rates of claims involving NPs and PAs are also extremely low with only 2% of advanced practitioners being named as the primary defendant in cases to date. This can also aid in reducing costs for the entire practice.
  5. Lower-Healthcare Costs: Utilizing advanced practitioners decrease the total of cost in healthcare. These providers require reduced salary expenses, lower overhead costs, offer higher patient volumes and reduced insurance and liability costs. These lower costs do not only apply to your practice but also to the patients and national healthcare costs.

With lower costs and increased productivity how can you not explore the opportunity further? The above reasons are just some of the benefits adding a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner to your group can bring. The numbers of advanced practitioners are going to continue to rise with the increased number of training programs as well. Greater ease of access to providers in a practice will only increase overall productivity and patient satisfaction.

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