Seeing the light at the end of the residency tunnel is an exciting time for physicians just starting out in their careers. However, it can also be a time filled with a lot of questions about the future and deciding on your next career move. While you may have heard about locum tenens in your program or from a peer, many details of the locums process might still be a mystery.
MDA is here to help. We have been in the locum tenens staffing business since 1987, and in that time, we have helped countless healthcare professionals use locum tenens for success in the early stages of their career and beyond. To learn more about how MDA can assist you with your career goals, contact us today.
A locum tenens physician is one who temporarily fills in for another physician during vacations, medical leaves, conferences or emergencies, or when a medical facility has another coverage need. As you can imagine, there are hospitals, clinics and practices throughout the nation that are in need of coverage. This means that opportunities abound for physicians in a wide variety of specialties.
For residents and fellows, locum tenens is a great way to try out different practice settings in different geographic locations while giving you career flexibility. With locum tenens, you decide where and when you want to work. Locums also allows you to gain hands-on experience in a given position, helping you to make a more informed decision about whether a position or place is a good fit and a sound choice for your permanent home.
If you’re interested in learning more about living the locums lifestyle, give us a call at 800.780.3500 and ask to speak to a recruiter for your specialty or contact us today.
Q: What is locum tenens?
A: A locum tenens physician is one who temporarily fills in for another physician during vacations, medical leaves, conferences or emergencies, or when a medical facility has another coverage need.
Q: Are there locums-to-perm opportunities?
A: Yes, we can present you to an assignment with a permanent placement need. This arrangement lets you familiarize yourself with the practice and determine whether it's a good fit.
Q: Where are locum tenens assignments located?
A: MDA has nationwide locum tenens opportunities. These assignments are located in urban and rural locations and in commercial and government facilities alike, but keep in mind that opportunities in your specialty may not always be available in your most preferred town, city or state.
Q: Am I responsible for arranging my own travel and housing for an assignment?
A: No. MDA's 24/7 in-house travel agency will arrange for all your travel and housing, and the costs will be paid for by the facility where you are working.
Q: Does MDA provide medical benefits to their locum tenens physicians?
A: No. MDA is a third party who facilitates the placement of locum tenens physicians within medical facilities. The physicians that MDA places in locum tenens assignments are independent contractors.
Q: What are some of the advantages of locum tenens vs. Permanent practice?
A: Locum tenens physicians enjoy higher compensation and don’t have to deal with malpractice insurance, overhead expenses and administrative hassles, which allows you to concentrate more on patient care. Locum tenens is also an opportunity to get paid while you are interviewing, which gives you the opportunity to explore different types of practices and locations.