A locum tenens job is a temporary work opportunity in which a doctor works in the place of a staff physician when that physician is absent. Locum tenens physicians allow facilities to maintain revenue and deliver the high level of service that patients have come to expect. A locum tenens job could be full-time or part-time, for a day, weekend, several months, or even years. The average locum tenens assignment lasts three weeks. Government locum tenens coverage periods could run for longer terms of 1-5 years dependent on the type of assignment.
Locum tenens jobs are ideal at any stage of your career:
- Residents can work moonlighting or weekend shifts to earn extra income
- Once graduated, you can gain experience by working locum tenens assignments in different practice settings, or use your locum tenens positions to find a facility to work in before you commit to a full-time position
- Throughout your career, working locum tenens is a great option to learn new skills or to take advantage of travel opportunities
- Many physicians never consider working locum tenens assignments during their vacation time. Vacation locum assignments offer many benefits, including being paid double-time, as well as having the opportunity to experience different practice settings
- When you are nearing retirement, working locum tenens can reduce your hours while still maintaining your skills and professional standing.