In looking ahead to next steps after you complete your residency program, should you seek a permanent position or try working as a locum tenens physician? There are a number of benefits to working locum tenens, benefits that can assist you in finding the best professional fit for you in the future.
- Variety. Residency does not necessarily prepare you to choose the professional path you want to take. Locum tenens work is an excellent opportunity to explore a variety of settings, such as a large hospital or a small practice. There is no better way to get a sense of how a specific type of organization operates than to actually work in one.
- Travel. A staffing firm can find you temporary work in virtually any part of the country, with a schedule that you set. Whether you have a desire to see more of the U.S. or seek a cultural experience for your entire family, locum tenens work can provide just that.
- Flexibility. Work as much or as little as you need, a welcome and different lifestyle from the rigors of residency. Locum tenens work makes it easy to enjoy whatever new place you have traveled to or to spend time with your family.
- Competitive pay. Locums pay is competitive with that of permanent positions and can offer much more when you factor in the expenses covered by the employer. Medical malpractice, housing, and travel expenses are generally covered with locum tenens assignments.
- Skipping office politics. Temporary assignments allow you to treat patients without the administrative stresses that accompany a practice. Additionally, most locum physicians report positive interpersonal experiences in such assignments, without involvement in the inevitable office politics that arise in a permanent practice.
To learn more about the advantages of being a locum tenens physician, contact Medicus Healthcare Solutions at 855-3031-0563 to talk with one of our knowledgeable recruiters.