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Why One Surgeon Chose the Locum Tenens Lifestyle

By: LocumTenens.com | Updated on May 11, 2023

Why One Surgeon Chose the Locum Tenens Lifestyle

"I choose to go where I'm needed most, when I'm needed most."

Last year, the American Staffing Association recognized Miechia A. Esco, M.D., Ph.D., RPVI, as the 2023 National Staffing Employee of the Year. A board-certified vascular surgeon focused on full-time locum tenens work and licensed in 15 states and U.S. territories, Dr. Esco took the stage and shared her reasons for choosing a career as a locum tenens provider.

For the past several years she has served as a consultative member on the LocumTenens.com Customer Advisory Board and now serves as the company’s Chief Medical Resource Advisor. 

For Dr. Esco, the flexibility of locum tenens work empowers her to make a difference.

"With great intentionality and a clear sense of purpose, I seek out temporary assignments that enable me to have the greatest impact on the lives of others. This is only possible because of the staffing industry and the flexibility it provides."


Dr. Esco's outstanding recognition shines a national spotlight on contract-based healthcare work during a time of grave shortages in physician workforces across the country. Healthcare facilities now consider locum tenens providers to be a critical component of their workforce, making them more resilient and able to maintain care through a labor landscape.


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