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The 10 Important Locum Questions You Need to Know About.


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Dr Jesse Li is a locum doctor with Medic Oncall.
Dr Jesse Li is a locum doctor with Medic Oncall.

Why did you decide to become a locum doctor?

I had a fascination with human anatomy, particularly the brain and how human behaviour can be impacted by the smallest changes to that all important organ. It was a bit of a geek interest in high school, but led me on the path to Medicine.

What attracted you to locum with Medic Oncall?

The freedom to pick shifts and plan my own schedule. You can give yourself as many days off as you like – the ultimate work life balance!

Think back to when you first registered with Medic Oncall, how was the overall process from registering to getting your first locum shift?

It was very straight forward. I had locumed with Last Minute Locums, and the staff at MOC assisted me to import all the paperwork over. MOC are exceptionally professional, and I felt really well looked after all these years with a very smooth transition.

What do you think makes a great locum doctor?

Ability to work in new environments that are often busy and challenging and willingness to travel to all parts of Australia.

What have you learned about yourself through the locum work that you do?

I learn fast and adapt to new environments. I also learn the different clinical practices “ways of doing things” by being in a variety of environments. I also love travelling, and locuming has allowed me to see many parts of Australia that I would not normally visit.

What are the three main benefits of working as a locum?

1. The pay is so much better than a standard registrar on a contract in a hospital. 2. The ability to pick and choose shifts (MOC will always be on your side, they even know what you like/dislike and will only offer you jobs that interest you) 3. The travel – parts of Australia you would only stop for fuel on a roadtrip suddenly can become where you work!

How has locum work affected your personal life and work-life balance?

I’m very good at juggling and forward planning, so when I locum I usually plan to be away from family and friends, then when I come home, I really get to enjoy myself after a hard earned break.

What should doctors be looking out for when searching for a locum provider?

An agency that is willing to help you negotiate with the client and knows what and where you want to work.

Can you tell us about your most memorable location you have worked at as a locum? Why was it so memorable?

Byron Bay. Love that town for everything that’s not medicine!!

What advice do you have for new doctors?

You don’t have to figure out what you wanna do in your first few years. Experience all specialities. It makes no sense NOT to locum. Don’t be afraid of it, you are just as well supported in most work settings as your usual hospital. Also – enjoy life and time off work. Don’t delay the big milestones or bucket list travel because of work/training!

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