Locum Tenens as a First Career: Getting Started, What to Expect

Locum Tenens as a First Career
Medical Doctor Associates
January 12, 2017 08:31 AM (EST)
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Thinking about locum tenens as your first career? The advantages and opportunities are inviting. It’s easy to get started, and after they try it, many health care providers make a lifetime career of it. 

How to Get Started

It’s easy to make locum tenens your first profession. Submit an online application, and a consultant will promptly contact you. The best part about locum tenens is it’s not just for physicians. Talent is in demand for a variety of health care professionals, including:
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • CRNAs
  • Dentists
  • Midwives
  • Correctional Medicine
  • Government Sector

What to Expect

You’ll be assigned to an attentive recruiter who will work to understand your careers goals, desired schedule, and preferences for assignments, pay rate, and location. The details of the assignment will be provided. You’ll also be able to speak with the client representative to help you decide if a position is a match for you.

The Benefits

There are countless benefits of making locum tenens your first career, but we’ll discuss six of them.
  1. It’s Rewarding
    You can choose to work in areas where there is an ongoing shortage of health care professionals. There is great satisfaction in knowing you’re providing care to patients who are in serious need, or who might otherwise have to travel long distances to get care.
  2. It’s Challenging
    Each new assignment will present challenges that make locum tenens a first career that’s never boring. You’ll have opportunities to work with different staff members, policies, and procedures, and learn new systems.
  3. You’ll Have Flexibility
    You choose where you want to work and when you want to work. You’ll have the freedom to accept assignments that allow you to work part time or full time.
  4. You Can Travel
    If you choose locum tenens as your first career, travel is an option. You’ll have many opportunities to experience different cultures and climates throughout the U.S—and you don’t have to pay for travel and accommodations as most of our clients pay for travel and accommodations.

You’ll Gain Broader Experience

You can choose assignments in rural, suburban, or urban medicine. You’ll be able to serve a broad patient base and work with medical professionals around the country. Your experience in different settings will make you a more competitive candidate for future opportunities. Your experiences can help you decide if you want to make a career of locums assignments, or they can help you find your dream job.

It Pays Well

The pay is competitive. Facilities that need your talent are willing to pay well for it. Your recruiter will work hard to negotiate your desired pay rate and schedule.

Learn More About Locum Tenens as a First Career

If you’re interested, you probably still have lots of questions. Medical Doctor Associates is a leader in locum tenens staffing. Contact us for clear and thorough answers and to learn about available opportunities. We’ll help you find assignments that will lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

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