Hot Jobs in Cool Places: 7 Locum Tenens Emergency Medicine Opportunities from Coast to Canyons

You got into locum tenens for flexibility and the freedom to practice anywhere you want. So why settle for humdrum when you can have it all with Interim Physicians?

Our “Hot Jobs in Cool Places” series showcases our most in-demand locum tenens jobs from across the country. Whether you crave adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure, exceptional cuisine, or vibrant culture, this list has something for everyone.

1. North Bay Area, California

This riverside foodie haven is conveniently nestled in the heart of Northern California between wine country and San Francisco—two fantastic places to sample diverse cuisine and enjoy farm-to-table eating. Explore the charming city and historic downtown with eclectic boutiques, international and local art museums, and plenty of Gold Rush history to soak in. Speaking of soaking it in, this location offers the perfect opportunity to grab your kayak or paddleboard to hit the water. If you would rather stay on land, there are plenty of stunning landscapes that are the perfect backdrop for hiking and wine tasting. With its small-town charm and big-time attractions, you’re sure to find an unforgettable locum tenens adventure.

2. Mohave County, Arizona

Are you a golf enthusiast? Check out one of nine pristine courses in a 20-mile radius with breathtaking Colorado River views. With year-round sunshine, step off the course and explore a recreational playground of boating and hiking opportunities. If you’d rather meander through museums rich with Native American history, you can still enjoy the landscape. 

After you immerse yourself in the local cultural heritage, start sampling Southwestern and seafood restaurants—many with a waterfront view. Whether teeing off, exploring the outdoors, or uncovering local history, this hot destination has plenty of places to explore at the end of your shift.

3. Phoenix Metropolitan Area

City lovers: This assignment is for you. If you’re hoping to immerse yourself in a vibrant, yet relaxing location, we have the perfect prescription. Embrace the dynamic, bustling vibe of a college town peppered with unique shops, restaurants, and museums. If you aren’t too tired after your shift, you can check out a local sporting event or arts festival—there’s always something to do, which is why this location promises a fulfilling locum tenens experience.

4. Southwestern Colorado

Get ready to climb the summit. Outdoor enthusiasts will find solace in the plethora of opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and scenic drives with panoramic mountain views. But that’s not all! If you’re a history buff, there are many options to explore the region’s rich heritage. Not to mention, there’s a bustling culinary and shopping scene if you’d rather keep the adrenaline to a minimum outside of the hospital. Regardless, Colorado is extraordinary, and this special location has plenty of special sights to offer.

5. Yakima Valley, Washington

…times two! With either opportunity, if you enjoy history and culture, we’ve got your assignment. Once your shift is up, you can explore over a century of heritage by popping in and out of museums and historic tours. Enjoy connecting with the past while admiring the stunning views of the present. Sample fresh fruit from local orchards and visit a variety of vineyards or venture out a little farther from your assignment for some golfing, hiking, and biking.

If you want to explore Yakima, you actually have two options:

 6. Northeastern Colorado

This charming town is nestled on the eastern plains of the state. Featuring a rich agricultural heritage, you’ll find plenty of historic sites and museums. Explore state parks, river views, and partake in local cultural events and festivals. For those seeking a taste of Colorado’s heartland, this locum tenens assignment is an excellent choice. Oh, and the Rockies are just a few hours west!

But, wait – there’s more! 

See our full listing of emergency medicine jobs, or let us help you find an opportunity that’s up your alley. 

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