If you are a physician, whether you’ve just finished medical school, are thinking about retiring from private practice, or are at any stage in between, working as a locum tenens physician is a career path you should consider. Locum tenens assignments offer you the flexibility to work when, where and for however long you choose. As a locum tenens physician, you’ll be working in the some of the nation’s top healthcare facilities, but as a sort of “physician substitute,” filling in for full-time physicians who take leaves of absence for varying lengths of time, or to cover other shortages that are unique to each facility. As such, you’ll be free of the administrative and other paperwork hassles that can bog down many physicians in full-time, permanent positions.
Working as a locum tenens physician also offers you the opportunity to travel and explore a wide variety of geographical locations and healthcare settings. This kind of freedom is ideal for new physicians who aren’t ready to commit to permanent placement, but also offers flexibility to those who just love to travel. Additionally, locum tenens is an excellent choice for physicians who want to retire from full time work but still want to be able to practice medicine. We have assignments available in the private sector, correctional facilities, and government agencies that each offer unique benefits and types of flexibility. All of our physician locum tenens opportunities include some combination of the following:
Physicians: Handcraft Your Career with Locum Tenens
Customize Your Work Schedule to Fit Your Lifestyle
As a locum tenens physician, you get to decide when, where, and how often you work. Additionally, you get all of the benefits of being a physician without the headaches: no managerial tasks or overhead expenses, and any required malpractice insurance is taken care of for you. Locum tenens physicians enjoy higher compensation and the luxury of being able to focus exclusively on patient care.
Locum tenens opportunities for physicians are available at virtually every type of facility and vary in their commitment length. You might be covering for a staff physician on maternity leave, or you could be filling in for a recent retiree until a permanent replacement can be found. And yes, sometimes that replacement is you – when both parties desire it, a locum tenens opportunity can turn into a permanent placement. This gives you the advantage of being able to “try before you buy,” to make sure you feel the facility’s culture is a good fit. Here’s a list of reasons you’ll prefer working as a locum tenens physician:
Government Locum Tenens: An Opportunity to Serve
Enjoy Increased Job Satisfaction and Leadership Opportunities
If you’re a physician or advanced practitioner with a deep desire to provide healthcare to our nation’s Veterans, Native Americans or State hospitals and clinics, a locum tenens opportunity in the government sector may be just what you’re looking for. Assignments are available within Veterans Affairs (VA), Indian Health Services (IHS) and additional state facilities. When you work with one of these government agencies, your compensation is not tied to quality measures and productivity metrics, and you aren’t overburdened with mountains of daily paperwork. You’ll have quality time to spend with your patients, providing the kind of care that prompted you to choose a healthcare career in the first place.
Locum tenens opportunities in the government sector also afford you the ability to explore new and challenging practice environments with transfer options available throughout the United States. IT systems, nomenclature and operations are fairly uniform at federal facilities, making movement between them fairly seamless. Additionally, locum tenens physician and advanced practitioner assignments within government agencies provide excellent opportunities for advancement and leadership. In fact, after gaining experience in Veterans Affairs or Indian Health Services, many physicians have gone on to top administrative or medical director positions at private institutions. Consider a locum tenens assignment with one of these government agencies and enjoy:
Correctional Medicine Locum Tenens: Maximize Your Free Time
Enjoy and Ideal Work/Life Balance in Correctional Medicine
Locum tenens opportunities in correctional facilities offer career flexibility that is usually unheard of for a physician. Not only will you enjoy weekends and holidays off, but you’ll also be treated to an eight-hour workday with minimal if any call responsibilities and no hospital rounds. Some institutions even offer a 4 x 10-hour, full-time schedule to further maximize your downtime. And like other locum tenens opportunities, you’ll be free from administrative hassles, with the ability to focus solely on your patients.
Although they may seem intimidating, locum tenens physician and advanced practice opportunities in correctional facilities are statistically safer than those in many hospital environments. You’ll be working in a secure, controlled environment with a Monday through Friday schedule that offers you the ability to focus on your hobbies and interests outside of work. Correctional medicine opportunities are ideal for locum tenens physicians wishing to devote more time to starting or raising a family. Some of the benefits unique to Correctional Medicine assignments include: