Last week, we shared—and dispelled—a few of the most common misconceptions providers have with regard to working locum tenens. Read on to learn about a few more myths and see how we bust them!
Myth No. 1: Locum tenens practice is predominantly geared to semi-retired doctors.
Fact: Working locum tenens is a viable, rewarding option for all physicians—whether right out of residency, mid-career, or approaching retirement—and advanced practice professionals alike. The practice alternative has something to offer you at at every stage of your career, from the ability to “test drive” different areas before settling down to a way to avoid burnout and invigorate your passion for medicine.
Myth No. 2: Working locum tenens will negatively impact my CV or credentials.
Fact: The experience you gain as an independent contractor will actually make you a more attractive candidate, be it for future locum tenens opportunities or a permanent position. You will be exposed to and learn new approaches to practice, master different electronic medical record (EMR) systems, and become a more flexible medical professional—all of which will have facility managers and recruiters lining up to partner with you!
Myth No. 3: Providers who work locum tenens are often viewed as inexperienced.
Fact: Actually, the opposite is true. As stated above, doing locum tenens will present you with the chance to gain incomparable experience and a competitive edge. By working in different practice settings—and with a variety of physicians and support staff—a locum tenens provider amasses a wealth of knowledge and becomes skilled at adapting quickly to new environments and hospital systems.
Myth No. 4: Locum tenens physicians are assigned boring or undesirable cases.
Fact: If you work locum tenens, you are sent to a facility in dire need of a clinician in your specialty. You may be bringing highly sought-after healthcare services to patients in underserved communities or to facilities and practices in need of supplemental coverage while permanent staff are on vacation or sick. Moreover, providers who accept locum tenens assignments often save lives, which could hardly be viewed as dull or objectionable.
Myth No. 5: I will have to take assignments in unpleasant locales.
Fact: Preferred locations are subjective. Some providers favor assignments in areas within driving distance of a beach or lake, while others wish to be placed in cities near their family or friends. Then again, a number of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants opt to travel to communities where the need for the services they deliver is particularly great. Whatever your predilection, you determine and are in control of where you go for a locum tenens opportunity.
Now that you’re armed with the facts, explore your options with a well-regarded, experienced staffing company, like Medicus Healthcare Solutions, so you can begin to make the locum tenens lifestyle your reality.