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Melissa Byington

Melissa Byington

Melissa Byington is president of the locum tenens division of CompHealth, the nation's largest locum tenens physician staffing company and a leader in permanent and temporary allied healthcare staffing. Melissa's career in physician recruiting spans nearly two decades. She also serves as the president elect of the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO). E-mail her here.



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When I first started out, the toughest part of my job was explaining what locum tenens meant. Now I talk about the reasons why it is a great option.

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Running a medical practice isn't just about caring for patients. As a physician leader you owe it to yourself to understand business principles.

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If you find yourself reaching the breaking point, stop and consider locum tenens work. It may offer the flexibility and stress relief you are looking for.

Hiring a locum tenens physician can take the burden off physicians in your practice, and allow you to continue to see patients and bill for services.

If, as a physician, you want to have an impact on your online persona, embracing social media is a great first step. But be careful how much you share.

It's a small world and news about former employees travels fast. Remember, no one wants to hire a person who is not professional or who holds a grudge.

When you regularly ask staff members to share honest feedback, they'll know that you're listening and that you value their opinion.

Here's why workplace "culture" is so important, and how you can cultivate a great culture at your medical practice.


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