Meet Danielle F.
Location of Locum Assignment(s)
Describe your pre-medical and/or pre-locum work experience.
I was working in primary care & sports medicine, doing wilderness medicine CME on the side.
What drew you to locum tenens work?
I was unhappy with my current job and really was searching about rural medicine/wilderness medicine online. I was looking for the opportunity to travel, step outside my comfort zone, practice medicine with a new patient population, and have the opportunity to make more money than the big city to help pay my loans off.
Why did you choose to work with Wilderness Medical Staffing?
Because I found them first and they are very friendly and communicative.
What have you enjoyed most about your locum tenens experiences?
I enjoyed the appreciative patient population. They listened to me and were always so kind and grateful – you don’t always get that in the big city. I also loved traveling somewhere new. Getting to understand the small town life and appreciating the resources we have in the big city.
How has your experience been with WMS?
Amazing. Everyone is so helpful and kind.
What surprised you most about your locum tenens experiences?
How much I would want to come back! The middle of the night calls definitely threw me for a loop – but they were invigorating.
What stands out to you about the communities and cultures you have interacted with as a locum tenens provider?
They’re grateful. And kind. And appreciative. They’re willing to try. I loved that.
What advice do you have for prospective locum tenens providers?
Keep an open mind. Realize there is good and bad features to all jobs, just learn to go with the flow. Dive in head first!
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned while out on assignment?
I learned that groceries are very expensive in Alaska! Haha
I learned a lot about the fishing community which was fascinating. I learned about medivacs – which was crazy. I learned that there is a LOT of history in Yakutat regarding the military and the fishing history, which was really cool.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I just loved my experience.