News & Views

Perspectives on the locum tenens industry

Should I Work Locum Tenens?

For those not familiar with the term, Locum Tenens is a Latin phrase that means to hold the place of, to substitute for, or in layman’s terms: a temporary physician. The term has been around since the 1970s and refers to providing temporary physicians to fill short and long term gaps in physician coverage for almost every medical specialty. Most locum tenens assignments range from a few weeks to several months in length.

In today’s healthcare landscape, it’s a great time to work locums, as temporary physicians are needed more than ever. From physician shortages, to seasonality and rapid growth in patient populations, to covering a permanent doctor’s leave, quality locum tenens physicians’ are in demand across the country.

As a locum tenens physician, you can help practices, hospitals, and medical groups cover their bottom line. Whether in a remote, rural setting or highly-populated urban area, locum tenens physicians fill critical vacancies.

In addition to helping facilities, locum tenens also offers today’s physician freedom: freedom to work where you want, when you want, in a nearby town or across the country in a location you’ve always wanted to visit. You also have the opportunity to do what you love and not worry about administrative burdens, leaving you with more time to live your life. Plus, locums physicians receive competitive pay, malpractice coverage while on assignment, and often travel and lodging expenses are covered. Because each assignment varies in location, shift times, perks, and duration, you’re sure to find one that works for you.

Additionally, locum tenens allows you to expand your professional network while fine tuning your skills. By practicing in a variety of clinical settings, you are able to work with other providers you otherwise may not have the opportunity to meet.

Locum tenens is the best of both worlds for today’s physicians and facilities. Physicians enjoy competitive salaries, interesting travel, and the schedules they want and facilities receive the coverage they need.