Locum tenens physician stands in the gap where there is a shortage of physicians or the physicians are absent. They are also required to be available for emergencies as well as when needed as short-term physicians. There are several benefits of becoming a locum tenens physician.
Physicians who are new in the career prefer locum tenens as a way of allowing them explore several available related careers. New graduates are always not sure of where to settle. When a physician take up locum tenens assignment, he/she can be able to still look for a higher paying job, still engaged on the current one. The aged physicians who have retired from service or young ones who have resigned for other reasons can become locum tenens. Although most of the retirees have hit the retirement age, they are able to get a chance to still serve the people. A physician with other engagement can also find it easy to take up locum tenens instead of full time employment.
The physician is able to choose the hours to work from and to according to his/her availability. One is also able to choose the duration of work, depending with his/her availability. It can be a week, a month or certain months in a year.The duration can be any months in a year, any days a week, etc.
Locum tenens have the advantage of been in a position to travel as they can choose where to work. Locum tenens physicians are also in a position to choose what assignments to take up and where to work from. The physician is able to do other things that he/she may be interested in as well as get a chance to pursue his hobbies. Working in different health facilities in the state allows the physician to learn different cultures of different communities. It also allows the physician to network with other physicians since he is able to meet other physicians of the same profession. It also improves the locum tenens knowledge base, as he/she is able to learn something new from other physicians. It also impacts the physician positively, giving them the confidence of handling future assignments with ease.
The physician is able to earn extra coin while working as a locum tenens. Physician is not limited to the number of health facilities he/she should work provided he will be available at the facility or hospital at the required set time. Fresh graduates with schools loans can clear the loans as taking up locum tenens assignments allows them to make extra money. With financial security, the physician is also able to further his/her education as the working schedule also allows one to attend part-time classes.
The physician does not have to worry about administrative or management issues as they are performed by other personnel, preferably full-time employees. It is beneficial to the physician to become a locum tenant.