Briefly describe your pre-medical and/or pre-locums work experience
Pipeline Operator in the Eastern US.
Bike Messenger in NYC.
Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Hospital on the brain injury unit.
What drew you to locum tenens work?
I’ve always loved to travel. The lure of adventure in Wild Alaska.
Why did you choose WMS?
Informative website and friendly employees.
What have you enjoyed most about your locum tenens experiences?
Seeing a part of the country that most people will never see. Meeting amazing/fascinating people.
What surprised you the most about you locum tenens experiences?
How modern the remote villages were.
How has your experience been with WMS?
It was an incredible opportunity. WMS always had my back and made sure everything was in place before they sent me to the remote villages.
What stands out to you about the communities and cultures you have interacted with as a locum tenens provider?
How welcoming and friendly the communities are. I became a fan of the local high school basketball team and was able to sit with the village during the state tournament in Anchorage.
What advice do you have for prospective locum tenens providers?
Have an open mind. Take advantage of down time to enjoy the village and surroundings as well as participating in community events.
What’s the most interesting thing that you learned while on assignment?
Being ready for anything that comes through the door. From exciting emergent cases to routine patient care; where just being there and using your experience made a difference in an underserved community/village.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
One of my favorite experiences in SW Alaska was during salmon season in June. I had the opportunity to help a local villager with his gill nets. I was allowed to drive the skiff and pull the fish off the nets. It was a beautiful day out on the water, surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes.