The benefits of locum tenens work are becoming widely better known: flexibility, excellent pay, and travel opportunities, to name a few. Medical practitioners, however, may be less familiar with the many opportunities available to work locum assignments at government facilities. Examples include taking assignments at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility, at federal corrections facilities, and with U.S. military branches, such as the U.S. Army or U.S. Navy.
A form of telehealth, telepsychiatry enables hospitals and mental health facilities throughout the country to increase patients’ access to psychiatric services. This is especially true for healthcare organizations situated in medically underserved areas that are challenged by the lack of psychiatrists and advanced practitioners who specialize in mental and behavioral health and live in these communities. Facilities without the need for a full-time clinician—or those that only require staffing assistance when permanent staff is ill or on vacation—can profit from the services of a locum tenens telepsychiatrist, too.
Though you’re still in residency, you are undoubtedly contemplating the practice options that will be available to you once you finish your training. Perhaps you are leaning toward accepting a permanent job at the hospital in which you’ve trained or at a medical practice close to home. Then again, you could be thinking about sampling different areas and practice settings as a locum tenens physician. But have you considered the advantages of doing both at the same time?