As a physician in training, you spend years immersed in study and logging long hours at a hospital. Upon graduation—though you may have a number of professional opportunities—you will no longer have an academic system or trusted faculty advisors to help you chart your course. While you contemplate your options post residency or fellowship and how they could support your personal goals, consider working locum tenens.
‘Test drive’ practice settings
If you received your training in a large medical center, you may wonder what it would be like to practice in a small-group setting, rural hospital, or government facility. On the other hand, if you did your residency in a teaching hospital, you could be leaning toward a position in a similar setting because it is familiar and one in which you feel comfortable. Accepting locum tenens assignments at different types of facilities allows you to experience new options, so you can better determine your preferred practice setting.
Check out different locations
Perhaps you have been situated in the suburbs for the past 11 years and have pondered what it would be like to live and work in a bustling, walkable city. Conversely, you may have lived and received your training in a Midwest college town and long to experience life in a West Coast beach community. Then again, you could be drawn to several other locales with their own distinct charms and benefits.
Doing locum tenens offers you a way to live like a local while you are on assignment. You would have the opportunity to experience day-to-day life in your chosen area(s), giving you a unique perspective before you make any big life decisions or put down roots.
Enjoy a more flexible schedule
For more than a decade, you have had to adhere to a full, well-defined schedule that left little room for flexibility or downtime. Locum tenens practice gives you the ability to work full or part time and choose shifts that appeal to you—whether you prefer 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with night call or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday—based on available opportunities.
Perform on-the-job research
Launching your career as a locum tenens provider allows you to step back and do some on-the-job research. In addition, it presents you with the chance to enjoy advantages you would not likely experience if you were committed to a permanent position. To learn more about the possibilities, speak with an experienced Medicus Healthcare Solutions recruiter today.