Adam is a 53-year-old dentist who used to have a long-established practice in the Midwest. Throughout the years he had several new dentists join his practice on the way to launching their own down the road. He enjoyed working with them as well as establishing relationships with his longtime patients. But now, Adam’s life and circumstances have changed.
Adam lost his wife last year after a long battle with cancer. His kids are grown, his house is almost paid for, and he’s reached all the professional goals set for himself when he finished medical school. Those things, combined with his wife’s passing, brought Adam to the point where he no longer had the heart to continue private practice.
As sad and discouraging as Adam’s story might sound, he’s found comfort and purpose in a new line of work: locum dentistry. Adam sold his practice to a junior partner, spent some much needed time off with his children, and then signed on with a staffing agency to take locum dentist jobs at various sites around the country.
It’s only been nine months since Adam started working as a locum, but he’s discovered the travel is very therapeutic for him. He loves to see new places, meet new people, and try new foods; he’s made a point of making the most of his travel experiences for his own enrichment. That has certainly been good for him.
At the same time Adam also realizes being alone for long stretches of time at this point his life is not a good thing. So he’s focused on short-term assignments allowing him to be back at home on a regular basis. Once things settle down he’ll consider taking longer assignments that could have him on the road six to nine months per year.
Stress-Free Work Environment
A few weeks into beginning his locum career Adam suddenly realized he was no longer under the same kind of stress he experienced as a private practice owner. As a matter fact, he never knew how debilitating that stress was until he was no longer subjected to. Deciding to look into locum dentist jobs was one of the most important decisions Adam made in terms of reducing stress.
As a locum Adam doesn’t need to worry about:
- hiring and maintaining staff
- business administration issues
- dealing with regulatory compliance
Adam is free to practice dentistry without many of the hassles of owning a private practice. Locum work has given him both new outlook on life and more free time to pursue his passions of fishing and orienteering. He even now has the time to join his kids and their spouses as they pursue their passions.
Though the circumstances leading to Adam’s decision to look into locum dentist jobs weren’t ideal, he has no regrets about the decision he made. He was happy to own his own private practice for decades; he’s equally happy to discover a whole new side of life as a locum.