4 Benefits of Being a Locum Tenens OB-GYN Provider
Whether you are educating a newly-pregnant woman on prenatal care or delivering a brand new life into this world, the work of an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) impacts the entire circle of life.
OB-GYNs are one of the most in-demand medical specialties, and their skills are needed everywhere -- from small practices and community hospitals to the biggest teaching hospitals in the nation. Regardless of a global pandemic or the state of the economy, babies will continue to be born, and OB-GYNs will continue to be needed.
In fact, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the specialty could experience a shortage of over 8,000 physicians over the next few years. A shortage in OB-GYN providers will mean that existing clinicians will be more in demand than ever before.
Locum tenens jobs for OB-GYN providers are an excellent alternative to the traditional practice and will help ease the burden of the physician shortage.
The benefits of being a locum tenens OB-GYN provider are vast and include perks such as competitive compensation, schedule flexibility, professional fulfillment, paid housing and travel benefits, and more.
- Earn excellent compensation and benefits
Obstetricians and gynecologists provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. They may also provide general medical care to women.
The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the mean average salary for an OB-GYN is $238,320 annually, and locum tenens OB-GYN providers have the opportunity to earn even more. Oftentimes, working on a major holiday will garner more pay than a regular day, and there are higher pay rates for overtime and other shift differentials. In addition, locum tenens providers working for Staff Care are provided housing and travel reimbursements, along with malpractice coverage.
- Expand your skills and share best practices
Regardless of whether you are a new or a tenured physician, locum tenens assignments can give you valuable exposure to different techniques, technologies, and procedures. You can ask your recruiter to connect you with jobs that help meet specific professional goals. For instance, if you want to expand your experience with high-risk maternal populations or work in a teaching hospital, ask for an assignment that fits that criteria.
Locum assignments can also allow you to share your skills, knowledge, and experience with colleagues on assignments throughout the country.
- Impact the lives of women and babies around the country
Locum tenens help facilities maintain continuity of care and help prevent and relieve burnout in overworked physicians. This translates into increased patient satisfaction and improved outcomes. By working locum tenens as an OB-GYN, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your work is positively impacting the female patients, and their babies, in your care.
Assignment length can vary from a few weeks to a few months, depending on contract terms, and oftentimes providers are asked to extend or return for an encore assignment. Building this type of relationship with assignment facilities can help to expand your scope of practice and provide additional opportunities to network.
- Enjoy work-life balance
If you’re feeling a little burned out and ready to take some control over your schedule, a locum tenens assignment may be just what the doctor ordered. Among the many benefits of being a Locum Tenens, OB-GYN provider is the ability to create your own schedule. Yes, you can choose when and where you work with your very next assignment.
When you partner with a recruiter at Staff Care, you’ll work together to find an assignment that meets your clinical skill requirements as well as your schedule preferences. You can even choose to keep your full-time permanent position and just pick up extra shifts as a locum tenens OB-GYN.
STAFF CARE has assignments for locum tenens physicians and advanced providers across the U.S.