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Separating
truth from myth.

When it comes to locum tenens, there
are some misconceptions. Here are the facts.

  • Myth:
    I can’t work locum tenens with a full-time job.

    Truth:
    Surveys show the most popular reason physicians work locum tenens is to supplement income. Additionally, its flexible structure allows them to choose when and where they work based on their schedule.

  • Myth:
    Locum tenens doctors make less money.

    Truth:
    Actually, locum tenens is a great way to increase earning potential. With the growing need for doctors, locum tenens physicians are well compensated.

  • Myth:
    Locum tenens doctors are assigned unimportant assignments.

    Truth:
    Locum tenens doctors save lives. Every day. Whether filling in for a doctor who's on vacation or helping cover shifts when a facility is understaffed, locum tenens physicians make a valuable impact.

  • Myth:
    Working locum tenens hurts my CV.

    Truth:
    The reality is that locum tenens is a great way for residents to gain experience straight out of medical school. Even attending physicians can learn new practice techniques in new settings.

  • Myth:
    Locum tenens physicians can’t build relationships with their patients.

    Truth:
    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to practice medicine without administrative headaches you should talk to a locum tenens doctor. They often enjoy more time with patients.

  • Myth:
    I can’t work locum tenens with a full-time job.

    Truth:
    Surveys show the most popular reason physicians work locum tenens is to supplement income. Additionally, its flexible structure allows them to choose when and where they work based on their schedule.

  • Myth:
    Locum tenens doctors make less money.

    Truth:
    Actually, locum tenens is a great way to increase earning potential. With the growing need for doctors, locum tenens physicians are well compensated.

  • Myth:
    Locum tenens doctors are assigned unimportant assignments.

    Truth:
    Locum tenens doctors save lives. Every day. Whether filling in for a doctor who's on vacation or helping cover shifts when a facility is understaffed, locum tenens physicians make a valuable impact.

  • Myth:
    Working locum tenens hurts my CV.

    Truth:
    The reality is that locum tenens is a great way for residents to gain experience straight out of medical school. Even attending physicians can learn new practice techniques in new settings.

  • Myth:
    Locum tenens physicians can’t build relationships with their patients.

    Truth:
    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to practice medicine without administrative headaches you should talk to a locum tenens doctor. They often enjoy more time with patients.

Did you know?

  • There are more than 40,000 physicians working locum tenens
  • Locum tenens physicians work in all 50 states
  • Over 92 percent of locum tenens physicians have held a permanent position
  • 81 percent of locum tenens doctors say locum tenens is as satisfying or more rewarding than a permanent position
Sources: locumstory.com; 2015 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends

Locum tenens works at every stage of your
career.

Locum tenens is an attractive work option for doctors at all levels.

Completed residency

  • Experience different locations and practice settings
  • Earn extra income to pay down student loans

Mid-career

  • Eliminate administrative headaches
  • Focus on patient impact
  • Avoid or alleviate burnout

Semi-retired

  • Continue providing medical services
  • Transition into retirement with more freedom and flexibility

Touching lives with locum tenens.

Watch Dr. Gray, D.O., share his experience of working locum tenens in underserved communities.

A few words from our locum tenens doctors.

"

One thing people might not realize about locum tenens jobs...is how much you’re valued and how grateful the staff is that you’re there. It’s so important to have a locum tenens physician. I initially thought of locums as a go-between service, but now I realize that these doctors fill an essential role in many places—sometimes for many years. It’s very gratifying to come together as physicians, and I feel valued to be part of a team and in a critical role. I’m so glad I decided to do locum tenens."

—Dr. Marilyn Berko

"

I gain valuable experience and supplement my income when I take assignments, usually 10 days a month, but I’m able to continue working at my practice part-time. Locum tenens is really convenient and a win-win situation for me and the other facilities. It’s easy to take those calls. I have the freedom to pursue what I want to do and time in my schedule for new opportunities."

—Dr. Prasanta Candra

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