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Why Locum Tenens?

Why Locum Tenens?

Locum tenens (Latin for “one holding a place”) providers temporarily fulfill the duties of other practitioners—most typically when regular clinicians are absent, or a hospital or practice is short-staffed. The looming physician shortage, demographic shifts, and other pertinent factors have increased the demand for locum tenens physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs across the United States and beyond. With the range of opportunities available today, it is an ideal time to consider the practice alternative.

If you are a physician, we encourage you to download our free guide, Locum Tenens 101. If you are a CRNA, advanced practitioner, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, we encourage you to download our other free Locum Tenens 101 guide. We also invite you to request a consultation or call us at 855-301-0563 to discuss why working locum tenens may be right for you.

When is locum tenens most desirable?

Many medical professionals enjoy working locum tenens at various stages of their careers and lives. You may be inclined to accept locum tenens assignments if you:

  • Recently completed training and are exploring career options
  • Retired from full-time practice but are not ready to stop working entirely
  • Are interested in gaining experience in a new subspecialty
  • Want greater freedom and flexibility with your schedule and a better work/life balance

What are the main reasons to consider locum tenens assignments?

Flexibility

Choose how often and how long you want to work. One week a month? Three months a year? A six-month assignment followed by six months off? You are in the driver’s seat when it comes to mapping out your schedule, not to mention where you work and in what setting (e.g., hospital, office-based practice, rural health clinic, or government facility).

Travel

Explore the country while getting paid. You can choose where to practice and line up assignments that allow you to pursue your hobbies and interests in specific locations.

Intellectual Engagement

Enjoy diverse opportunities on a regular basis. Working locum tenens allows you to experience different regions and cultures, make new professional and personal contacts, and learn new technologies.

Financial Security

Supplement your income. Doing locum tenens can help you earn extra money to more quickly pay off student loans, cover immediate and unexpected expenses, save for your children’s college education, build or add to your next egg, and more.

Low-Hassle Factor

Focus solely on patient care. The “locum lifestyle” will free you from the day-to-day responsibilities of running a practice—from hiring and training staff to purchasing malpractice insurance and handling overhead costs.

Opportunity to “Try Before You Buy”

Find the right fit without having to commit. Locum tenens will let you test drive a position with the potential for permanent placement, check out a new area before making a big move, and/or get valuable experience in a new subspecialty area.


Iwould strongly recommend Medicus to my colleagues who are seeking a position as a locum tenens physician.”
–Dr. Halbridge | OBGYN. California