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Adventures of a floating physician: Welcome floating physicians of the future!

Posted on Mon, Jan 13, 2014

Find out where EmCare's Float Physician is practicing in the latest installment of "Adventures  of a Floating Physician."

Happy New Year!

96075307.jpgOver the past few months, I have had the privilege of welcoming several new physicians to the EmCare Float team.

You’re probably thinking, “More doctors, what’s the big deal?” But, floating physicians are a different breed and a rare one at that. So, it’s exciting to see the diversity of individuals being attracted to this position.

When I tell people that I’m a floating physician, they think I made the choice because it offers an easier workload or that it’s all about the money. Indeed, whenever I see posts aimed at recruiting floating docs, the only selling point of the advertisements is increased compensation.

Now compensation is definitely a plus. But as any physician knows, rewards aren’t always monetary. Because, let’s face it, most of us didn’t decide to practice medicine simply for compensation.  Most of us chose this profession because we have some degree of passion for helping the sick and injured.

I’ve been practicing emergency medicine for over a decade and there are some cases that definitely make you question whether the compensation is enough (“Like what?” you ask? Just read this list of Worst Smells in the Hospital from The Happy Hospitalist for a few ideas.).

The rewards I enjoy from being a float physician are much more linked to my overall satisfaction with the practice of emergency medicine: the job, in itself, is rewarding to me. And, as a floating physician, I find the added bonus to be the exposure to different emergency rooms in other states and the people I get to meet and work with along the way.  So compensation, although a necessity, isn’t the driving force in my career choice. It’s great to marry my passion for caring for patients and my passion for travel and new experiences—that’s what I love about being a float.

That is also why I’m so proud to watch the field grow. It’s great to see that there are other emergency physicians like me who are jumping at the chance to care for patients across the country and explore the country at the same time.

For all of my colleagues out there who want to add some variety to their careers in emergency medicine, I encourage you to look at floating.  It would be a pleasure to welcome you as the next float physician in our fine organization.

dr-mcgann-resized-600.jpgDr. McGann is a regular contributor for EmCare’s blog. He is a Board certified physician in Emergency Medicine.  He began working as a regional float physician for the North Division of EmCare almost 10 years ago, and still operates in that capacity today.  He is licensed in 12 states, with one more currently pending approval.  He is poised and ready to fill in where necessary to assure that EmCare-contracted shifts are always covered. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn!

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Adventures of a Floating Physician: Hello, from the Ohio Valley!

Posted on Mon, Jun 10, 2013
Adventures of a Floating Physician: Hello, from the Ohio Valley!

Find out where EmCare's Float Physician is practicing in the latest installment of "Adventures of a Floating Physician."

Greetings from The Ohio River Valley!  Currently, I am writing this posting from the banks of the Great Ohio River, just north of the small town of Toronto, Ohio.  Why here?  Well, it's a beautiful area, friendly people, very quiet and watching the activity on the river is interesting. It's a great way to unwind after a long shift.

I just left a trip for work on the shore of New Jersey, at a hospital I have been covering for years.  Since Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on this, and many other communities like this southern New Jersey area, I have been watching the rebuilding process take shape.  Although it will take years to "complete," I have seen steady progress in the restoration of rebuilding homes and businesses.  What wasn't affected by this storm, however, was the sense of community these residents feel, and their determination to get their community and beaches back to where they once were.

Working the shifts I covered in Manahawkin, NJ, there was no difference in the treatments or diagnoses in comparison to my other sites. What was different, however, was hearing the stories of these resilient folks, many of whom still are homeless and fighting to survive. 

Many of us have long forgotten Hurricane Sandy. But, I was given a humble reminder that so many who were affected are still struggling to make it day by day, even though the TV outletshave stopped posting footage of this area for the nation to see.

I dedicate this posting to the many countless thousands along the Eastern seaboard in New Jersey and New York whose lives were disrupted by this massive storm, but whose resilience is reflective of the American spirit.  Helping to continue to deliver emergency medical care to these folks is gratifying and humbling.

Dr. McGann is a regular contributor for EmCare’s blog. He is a Board certified physician in Emergency Medicine.  He began working as a regional float physician for the North Division of EmCare almost 10 years ago, and still operates in that capacity today.  He is licensed in 12 states, with one more currently pending approval.  He is poised and ready to fill in where necessary to assure that EmCare-contracted shifts are always covered. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn!

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