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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Desh Anand
Please let me know the details of floating doctor and opportunities.
7/2/2014 10:31:34 AM

Shannon Grant
Oh, I am an emergency physician who lives on a boat and would like to practice worldwide. I took your floating physician title literally and was so excited! I'm glad your happy!
7/2/2014 10:31:03 AM

Rosilyn Rayborn
Hi Deborah, a member of our recruiting team will be in touch with you about floating opportunities--thanks for the interest!
7/2/2014 10:30:42 AM

Deborah Anne Nagy, MD
Is is "floating" or "flying" ? Either way, sounds interesting. Howdoes one become one of these "floating docs" ? I have been in Emergency Medicine for over 20 years, military veteran, USAF. Would like to know more about this option. Thanks
7/2/2014 10:30:20 AM