Who are Locum Tenens?
Recent Residency and Fellowship Graduates “Testing the Waters”
Many physicians are trying Locum Tenens right out of a residency or fellowship, before they settle into a permanent position. Recent grads want to experience different practice settings in different parts of the country, to help figure out what they’re really looking for in a job.
They want to have time to select a setting that gives a good work-life balance while earning income. With the demand for doctors being so high and the supply of available physicians getting disproportionate to the general population, physicians today have an advantage their predecessors did not.
Numerous facilities, in every state are in need of their specialty … right now! And they will be for the foreseeable future. As their counterparts who punch a clock, Locum Tenens physicians can earn as much, or more, net income per day. This is great for recent grads who have school loans to pay.
After ten years of schooling do they grads to not want to be limited to using only a small portion of what they’ve learned. Instead, by being a Locum Tenen, they have the opportunity to see the country, gain insight into unique patient populations, and see cases that they might not be able to by being hemmed into a “bread and butter” practice.
Retired Doctors Who Want To Keep Practicing
Nearly twenty percent of the physicians we place are at or past the retirement age. Most of these doctors tell us that just because they can retire doesn’t mean they’re ready to. They still love taking care of patients, but have found that more and more of their time is spent on office politics, staffing challenges, and compliance to ever increasing government regulations. Locums Tenens allows them to keep doing what they love and shed themselves of the tedious burden of running a business. They can work on their own schedule, be close to home, or look at assignments in places they want to visit.
Mid-career Physicians Taking Back Control of Their Lives
Even though we work with plenty of doctors during the beginning and later stages in their careers, the ages between 36 and 55 constitutes the majority of Locum Tenens providers. If you don’t think physicians find themselves in a rut, you are wrong. Why do mid-career physicians look to Locum Tenens as an excellent choice for practicing medicine? Locum Tenens work helps to freshen and revive their outlook on practicing medicine. Some use Locum Tenens as a way to earn extra cash for their children’s college fund. Many practitioners depend on the flexibility of their Locum Tenens work schedule to take care of family obligations such as special needs children and aging parents; others use Locum Tenens as a way to break free of the control big insurance companies, government, and large healthcare systems dictate with doctor-patient relationship.
Lately, we’re seeing doctors look to Locum Tenens work to extend their maternity leave. These physicians work a few weeks at a time after their baby has arrived to supplement their income, without having to go back to a full time schedule. This is as true for fathers as well as mothers.
There are plenty of reasons why Locum Tenens can add to your quality of life.