Reasons Why Working Locum Tenens Makes Sense for OB/GYN

OB/GYN Jobs in the Locum Tenens World

The Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) physician shortage impacts OBGYN locum tenen careers positively. Whether you are an experienced physician within the OB/GYN specialty — or a resident preparing for a profession as an OB/GYN physician — a career in locum tenens could be the perfect fit for you.  

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
2020 Physician Specialty Data Report, 42,720 active physicians practice Obstetrics and Gynecology. The report provides the most current data available about active physicians and physicians in training.  

According to the report, OB/GYN physicians were the fourth most-numerous in 2019, with the only specialties with more practitioners working in internal medicine, family medicine/general practice, and pediatrics, in that order.

In 2019, 45.8% of the residents and fellows in ACGME-accredited (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) programs were female. Percentages of females in the 47 largest specialties ranged from a high of 83.8% in obstetrics and gynecology residencies to a low of 12.9% in sports medicine (orthopedic surgery) residencies.

Top 3 Reasons to Work Locum Tenens as an OB/GYN

  1. Work with different patient populations in new locations

Locum tenens positions are available throughout the U.S. From the East Coast to the beaches of the Pacific Northwest (and everywhere in between). Suppose you have experience in busy medical centers or teaching hospitals based in bustling cities. In that case, it may be refreshing to take a job in a more rural area where you'll gain exposure to different types of patients that you haven't had the pleasure of working with before. This freedom allows you to broaden your professional network, expand your skillset, and gain valuable exposure to new procedures, technologies, and clinical protocols.  

The latest data from the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) names the states with the highest employment level in this occupation as New York, California, Texas, Florida, and Michigan. The states with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation are Connecticut, Hawaii, Delaware, District of Columbia, and Colorado. Staff Care has a variety of positions for OB/GYNs in many of the states listed here.

  1. Enjoy schedule flexibility and take control of your career

One of the biggest perks to working locum tenens is choosing when and where you work. Before accepting a new OB/GYN assignment, you can choose which holidays you'll work and even plan for vacation time in between appointments. Many locum tenens providers also note that there is far less administrative work with locums, allowing you to focus on what matters most -- patient care.

To fully take ownership of your career and work hours, it will be essential that you partner with an experienced recruiter to communicate your wants and needs in advance of a locums contract. Partnering with a Staff Care recruiter will allow you to tailor every assignment to meet your unique professional and personal needs.

Many locums' jobs fill a staffing gap or provide relief to overworked physicians. You can relish the satisfaction that comes with knowing your work is benefiting others and yourself.

  1. Earn excellent compensation and benefits

According to the BLS, the average OB/GYN salary rate in 2019 was $233,610, and locum tenens providers will find that they can earn much more than the median compensation rates. In addition to the competitive pay rates, locum tenens practitioners who sign on with agencies such as Staff Care will also enjoy a plethora of other benefits, including medical licensure assistance, malpractice insurance, and professional liability coverage, complimentary CMEs, and so much more.

Estimates from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists forecast that this specialty could experience a shortage of 8,800 physicians over the next several years. As an OB/GYN physician, you have the opportunity to call the shots as your skills are in increasing demand.

If you are an OB/GYN provider, you can experience the freedom, flexibility, and personal satisfaction that comes with working locum tenens. 

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