By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor Dec 14, 2020
Locum tenens work is booming as the U.S. continues to battle the
coronavirus pandemic and Cardiothoracic Surgeons are needed in different types
of practice settings throughout the country. Cardiothoracic surgeons who
complete medical school and their residency hold a full and unrestricted
license to practice medicine in the United States, and can take a variety of
locum tenens assignments in order to ease the burden on our health systems and
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Cardiothoracic surgery demand will only continue to surge, and physicians
in this specialty have the unique opportunity to choose when and where they
Background on Cardiothoracic Surgery - Salary, Demand, and More
According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, “a Cardiothoracic
Surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in surgical procedures of the
heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. This includes surgeons
who can be called cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, general thoracic
surgeons, and congenital heart surgeons.”
These specialized surgeons treat a variety of diseases and play an integral
role on the healthcare team. Because of their unique skills and knowledge,
cardiothoracic surgeons are in demand throughout the country.
According to an article published in the American Heart
Association (AHA) Journal in 2009, entitled “Shortage of Cardiothoracic
Surgeons Is Likely by 2020,” the authors project that, “by 2025, the demand for
cardiothoracic surgeons could increase by 46% on the basis of population growth
and aging if current healthcare use and service delivery patterns continue.
“The United States is facing a shortage of cardiothoracic surgeons within the
next 10 years, which could diminish quality of care if non–board-certified
physicians expand their role in cardiothoracic surgery or if patients must
delay appropriate care because of a shortage of well-trained surgeons.”
The projections have proven
true and fast forward to this year, and the U.S. is in the midst of a
nationwide physician shortage, including cardiothoracic surgeons. Because this
skill set is in such demand and we are in the midst of a global pandemic,
Cardiothoracic surgeons can expect to earn even more compensation doing locums
work -- which often offers higher pay rates for holidays and shift work.
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According to Salary.com,
the average yearly compensation for these physicians is anywhere from $300,000
to well over $700,000. Locum tenens providers have the opportunity to increase
their pay even more.
Is Locum Tenens Work a Good Fit for You as a
If you’re adaptable,
flexible and eager to take your career in a new direction, then work as a locum
tenens provider could be an excellent fit for you. You’ll also know you are
making a difference in real time. Whether you are a newer surgeon or you have
years and years of clinical experience under your belt, it will be essential
that you will be comfortable working in a different environment with new
systems, tools and procedures. This will require you to call on your skills and
experience to adapt in the dynamic patient care setting.
Also, if you have a desire
to explore the country and try out new places to live and work, then this
career path will definitely be a match for you. Locums assignments last
anywhere from a few weeks to several months, giving you the ability to “try
out” a new city or town before making a major commitment to move anywhere.
and Locum Tenens
Cardiothoracic Surgeons possess the skills, clinical knowledge
and experience that every locum tenens assignment requires. Locum tenens jobs
are a great opportunity to advance your skills, expand clinical knowledge, gain
exposure to different technologies and help patients and staff when they need
it the most. Additionally, Cardiothoracic surgery and locum tenens work also
offers a variety of other benefits such as competitive compensation, schedule
flexibility and insurance coverage.
Are you interested in learning more about Cardiothoracic surgery and locum
tenens? Cardiothoracic surgery demand is experiencing tremendous growth and you
can browse our plethora of job opportunities and sign up for job alerts online
to stay in the know. Connect with a recruiter at Staff Care today to get
started on your next locum tenens assignment.