[lo·cum te·nens] / noun
1 Latin for one holding a place.
Locum tenens providers temporarily fulfill the duties of other practitioners, assisting a hospital or practice that is short-staffed. The physician shortage and demographic shifts have increased the demand for locum tenens physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs across the globe. With a wide range of available opportunities, this practice alternative is well worth considering.
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:
One week a month? Three months a year? A six-month assignment followed by six months off? You have the flexibility to create your own schedule and select where you work, such as at a hospital, an office-based practice, a rural health clinic, or a government facility.
Choose where to practice and line up assignments that allow you to pursue your hobbies and interests in your dream locations.
Working locum tenens engages your intellect, allowing you to experience different regions and cultures, make new professional and personal contacts, and learn new technologies.
Locum tenens helps create financial security. With the extra income, you can pay off student loans, cover immediate and unexpected expenses, save for your children’s college education, and build your savings.
The “locum lifestyle” is low hassle and 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.
Locum tenens lets you test drive a position with the potential for permanent placement, check out a new area before making a big move, and gain worthwhile experience in a new subspecialty area.
Our guide for physicians, CRNAs, advanced practitioners, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.