New resource for locums and physicians seeking locums: Locumunity

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 60, No. 1, January, February 2018, page(s) 57-58 Pulsimeter

One of the top reasons for physician burnout is the inability to find locum coverage. There is massive demand for locums, and although the percentage of physicians who do locums has increased slightly, inefficient placement mechanisms make it difficult for physicians to connect with a broad base of locums.

Dr Haneen Abu-Remaileh, a BC locum physician, created to simplify the task of finding a locum position in Canada and eliminate the need to sift through multiple job-posting boards.

Locumunity is a web-based platform that matches and connects clinics with locums using a unique matching algorithm to help streamline the recruitment process, dissolve provincial barriers, and help efficiently redistribute locum coverage. It is the first centralized Canada-wide and specialty-wide search tool for locums and clinics.

Launched in April 2017, Locumunity has close to 1000 physician users across Canada, 70% of whom are locums. The Locumunity team has also been accepted into an accelerator program where they hope to grow Locumunity and expand on the artificial intelligence component of their algorithm.