By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor Apr 19, 2021
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)
Top 3 Reasons to Work Locum Tenens as an OB/GYN
- 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.
- Enjoy schedule flexibility and take control of your
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.
- 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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