and practitioners who hear about locum tenens are often curious: what would be
the best time to try this unique model for practicing medicine? Is it suited
for new clinicians who are just starting out, or those in the prime of their
careers? What about practitioners close to retirement?
yes and yes.
The flexibility of locum tenens can make it the
perfect fit at various times in your medical career, with options for full-time
or part-time work, local or travel assignments, and contract terms for specific
periods of time that you get to pick.
The reasons and “best time” for working locum
tenens jobs can be as individual as you are.
Locum tenens for new physicians & practitioners
Physicians and advanced practitioners who have recently
completed their residency, fellowship, or other advanced training can use locum
jobs to provide important work experience and income while waiting for the
right long-term opportunity to open up.
Locum assignments can also help new
practitioners try out a variety of work settings and locations, and ultimately
figure out the best way to start their careers. And residents and other new
practitioners have found that working part-time locum jobs that supplement
their full-time salaries—a.k.a. “medical
moonlighting”—is an effective way to help pay down their
medical school debt.
Some locum jobs may require post-residency experience,
so be sure and ask a recruiter about the requirements for your particular specialty.
Locum tenens for established clinicians
Physicians and other practitioners with a few
years of experience under their belt can also use locum assignments in a
variety of situations. Part-time locum jobs can be used to earn extra income on
their days off, or as an alternative to full-time work that allows them to
spend more time raising young children.
Full-time locum assignments can help
practitioners continue earning a good income between permanent positions, or
offer a welcome change from a job that has become overwhelming.
Considering a big career change? Many practitioners
have discovered that locum assignments can allow them to “try before they buy,”
essentially trying out a new city or employer before making a permanent move.
Locum work can also provide full-time income
and travel benefits for an extended period of time—up to several years—allowing
providers the freedom and flexibility of choosing when and where they want to
Locum tenens for physicians & practitioners near
Whether seeking opportunities after closing
a medical practice or simply wanting to cut
back on work hours and responsibilities, more and more providers are using locum
jobs as a transitional step between full-time practice and retirement. Locum contracts
may include full-time or part-time hours in your local area, or offer the
opportunity to travel while getting paid for it.
Many experienced physicians and advanced practitioners
who are not yet ready to retire enjoy seeing new parts of the country while on
assignment, often taking their spouses along for the experience. Others design
their schedule to work just a few weeks at a time, with plenty of time left for
extended vacations between assignments.
As an added bonus, many practitioners discover
that locum work is extremely fulfilling, as it allows them to spend more time
with patients and leave the bureaucratic headaches behind. Some even choose
locum jobs that target underserved patient populations, allowing them to give
back and share their extensive experience where it is needed most.
No matter when you decide to give locum tenens
a try, it just might be one of the best decisions in your medical career.
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