but wait. You're wondering what locum tenens physicians are?
Well, I was, so I looked it up.
Locum Tenens is temporary employment for physicians. It's usually a temporary position where you're filling until the position can be filled permanently.
Locum Tenens has only existed for about 30 years, but the number of physicians who take advantage of it is steadily increasing.
So locum tenens physicians are like the adjuncts of the medical world. Well, not quite. They get more respect than adjuncts. Which is, I realize, not saying a lot. The guy who cleans up after the elephants at the circus gets more respect than adjuncts, and he's in show business.
They also get paid more than adjuncts, which is not saying much, because panhandlers get paid more than adjuncts. But they get paid a lot more -- from $400 a day for your average Johnny-come-locum, up to $1500 a day for a radiologist or anesthesiologist.
And they probably don't have to put up with all that steamy sex that those doctors stuck in one hospital do, like on Gray's Anatomy.
Anyway, what does this have to do with our little poetry cum education cum world class sculpture blog?
Well, for these locum tenens physicians, who travel a lot, Locumlife magazine has a feature called "Destination: Anyone's Guess." They show a picture of a wonderful place to visit, and you have to identify the name of the attraction, its city and state. For example, this month's picture is of a picturesque oceanfront, and the clue is it's a prestigious military school in a mid-Atlantic state, whose alumni include John McCain, Jimmy Carter and David Robinson.
And we are the winning answer to last month's competition. Naval Academy...Opus 40...all the most prestigious sites.