Meet Jennifer A.
Location of Locum Assignment(s)
Describe your pre-medical and/or pre-locum work experience.
Before working at WMS, I was a PCP (primary care provider) in Iliamna, AK. Rural medicine is in my blood.
What drew you to locum tenens work?
I transitioned to locum work to offer more flexibility for family, to see more parts of Alaska, and to grow my talents as a provider.
Why did you choose to work with Wilderness Medical Staffing?
I was referred to WMS by a prior employee, whom I respect and admire. She spoke highly of the company and Mary Ellen Doty.
What have you enjoyed most about your locum tenens experiences?
[My position on the Kenai Peninsula] has been my first assignment, and the staff and leadership have been so kind. I have felt valued and respected and that matters. In my short time here, patients have sought me out and appreciate my care.
How has your experience been with WMS?
My experience with WMS has been terrific. I’ve had many questions as I am new, and Ashley is always there with a quick response and guided reassurance. Sheila and Diann have gone out of their way to get me settled and into assignments.
What surprised you most about your locum tenens experiences?
One co-worker said they appreciated my flexibility and willingness to do it all. As a sole provider, I’m used to doing everything and figuring it out. It has been so incredible to have MAs and RNs as support.
What stands out to you about the communities and cultures you have interacted with as a locum tenens provider?
I have found the people I have met and served to be so gracious and kind. Full of information about the town and advice on what to do and where to go. I have felt so welcomed and received with such warmth.
What advice do you have for prospective locum tenens providers?
Go to different places and try new things. Be prepared with food and extra clothes because you never know what you will find and where the winds, snow, or rain might take you.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned while out on assignment?
Here [on the Kenai Peninsula], “The Spit” area is primarily open during the summer. The majority of the shops and restaurants close around the 2nd week in September. The facility I work in supports multiple clinics, [one of the locations] requires daily flights, sometimes ferry rides if weather is bad.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I wish I had transitioned sooner to locum work, but the experience as a rural PCP has prepared me for this exciting new adventure.