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Locum Tenens Physicians

Locum tenens means “to hold the place of,” and the terminology is widely used within the healthcare field to describe the temporary placement of a medical provider. Although locum tenens is the proper Latin term, it is sometimes times referred to as locum tenen, locums tenens, locums tenens, or just locums.

Locum Tenens Specialties

With over 30 years in the healthcare staffing industry and solid partnerships with thousands of facilities, we are confident we can find you the ideal assignment in your specialty. Our clients include leading hospitals and healthcare organizations across the United States, correctional facilities, academic institutions, and federal facilities such as VA Medical Centers and Indian Health Services. We have opportunities for physicians providers across all specialties. To learn more about our primary areas of focus, visit our specialty pages below:

Physicians choose to work locum tenens for a variety of reasons. Some physicians take on extra hours moonlighting in a locum tenens job to increase income and pay off college loans, start a practice, buy a house, or retire early. Other doctors choose to work fewer hours through a locum tenens physician job so they can spend more time with their children or take care of elderly parents. Many locum tenens doctors select the path because they like the perks of professional liability insurance and housing and travel reimbursements.

Some doctors take special assignments through locum tenens agencies to help underserved populations in rural or urban settings, while others choose to serve through Veterans Affairs or Indian Health Services. Locum tenens jobs can range from part-time to full-time and assignments can be brief or long-term.

If you decide to work as a locum doctor, you can enjoy many benefits like:

  • Pairing work with travel
  • Being free from staff management and administrative tasks
  • Trying out a new location or practice
  • Sharpening skills and gaining experience in a new environment
  • Serving different patients
  • Avoiding physician burnout with a change of atmosphere
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There are locum tenens jobs for all types of physicians in all manner of environments. There are locum tenens emergency medicine physicians, general practitioners, sports medicine physicians, and family physicians. There are positions for cardiologists, anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, nephrologists…the list of physician jobs in locum tenens is endless.

Locum tenens providers work in many different healthcare settings that include:

  • Private practices
  • Hospitals
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Emergency rooms
  • University health centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Community health centers

Locum tenens physician pay varies depending on geographic region, facility type, specialty, and credentials but is similar to the typical range of physician salaries.

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Healthcare organizations turn to locum tenens professionals when there is a shortage in providers, when doctors go on leave, or when they need to meet seasonal demands. The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations reported that 94 percent of healthcare facility managers surveyed used locum tenens physicians during 2017 – up from 74 percent in 2012. This is great news for anyone considering locums as a style of employment!

Working locum tenens offers a flexible schedule, competitive compensation, and nice perks. And the demand for locum doctors is increasing. Best of all, finding your ideal position is easy when physicians partner with our skilled locum tenens staffing experts at Medical Doctor Associates.

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