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The Barton Blog

07/31/2015

Barton’s Friday Favorites (The Locum Tenens Edition)

“You have decided to try locum tenens work for the first time. This can be a confusing time, and it is perfectly understandable that you might have a few questions. It is important to ask these questions to determine if the assignment is a good match, and to ensure you have a positive experience. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive to get you off to a running start!” Read More  “Twenty-five percent of Americans live in what is considered a rural area, according to the National Rural Health Association. However, only 10 percent […]

07/30/2015

Sir William Osler, the “father of modern medicine”

“A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.” Sir William Osler (1849-1919) is known as the father of modern medicine for revolutionizing the way in which medical education was taught during his tenure at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Osler played a central role in establishing the internship and residency system, and also instituted the method of training students at the bedside of the patient. Osler was known to say, “He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.” Osler was a […]

07/28/2015

Questions to ask before accepting your first locum tenens assignment

You have decided to try locum tenens work for the first time. This can be a confusing time, and it is perfectly understandable that you might have a few questions. It is important to ask these questions to determine if the assignment is a good match, and to ensure you have a positive experience. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive to get you off to a running start! Do I need to pay my locum tenens company a fee? A healthcare facility contracts with a locum tenens agency to find them a provider […]

07/27/2015

States tackle rural healthcare

Twenty-five percent of Americans live in what is considered a rural area, according to the National Rural Health Association. However, only 10 percent of our nation’s physicians serve these areas. That is an astounding one-quarter of Americans who have fewer healthcare providers, fewer healthcare facilities, and increased difficulty in finding affordable and accessible healthcare. Such trends have dangerous repercussions. Rural regions have “higher death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer…They also have higher rates of smoking, diabetes and low birth-weight babies, and higher rates of uninsured…and rural areas have chronic shortages of primary care physicians.” The economic and […]

07/24/2015

Barton’s Friday Favorites

  “Massachusetts is home of the Boston Red Sox and some of the most prestige universities and colleges.  A place where the term “Boston Strong” echoes through the streets of over 350 towns and cities, and where one can find a Dunkin Donuts on every street corner. Massachusetts, however, means much more than great sports teams and education for Bostonians who know how to make a good cup of coffee. There are many reasons why healthcare professionals should keep the song, “Sweet Caroline” on their radar when thinking of where to start their next assignment.” Read More 7 Easy Summer […]