Part-time Jobs for Emergency Physicians: Stay Local with Locum Tenens

Are you already working crazy hours as an emergency physician? Or do you have some days off that you’d like to put to use furthering your career, and earning extra income?

If you have some availability, emergency departments near you may be in need of your skills. And locum tenens agencies like Staff Care can help you connect with the perfect opportunity.

Part-time ER jobs for physicians and advanced practitioners can enhance your CV, provide excellent compensation and offer flexible scheduling options for you and your family.

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High demand for locum tenens ER physicians

The 2017 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends, conducted by Staff Care, found that emergency medicine physicians were the fourth-most-requested specialty for locum tenens assignments, after primary care physicians, hospitalists and behavioral health professionals.

In fact, 17.2 percent of health care employers had used locum tenens ER physicians within the past year, which was nearly a 5 percent increase over the prior year, and a significant jump from the company’s first staffing survey in 2012. That first survey found just 9.7 percent of employers reported using locum tenens in their emergency departments.

Due in part to the steep upward trend in emergency room visits—from 90.3 million in 1996 to 136 million visits in 2015, according to the CDC—recruiters expect to see increasing demand for ER locum tenens, for both part-time and full-time positions.

FIND locum ER physician jobs near you or across the country with Staff Care.

Why work part-time emergency medicine jobs as a locum tenens?

To explore new emergency environments

Have you always wanted to work in a Level 1 trauma center, or an emergency department that sees a different variety of cases?

Working short-term assignments as a locum tenens ER physician allows you to try out different working environments and facilities near you. These assignments can help you gain experience with different patient populations, trauma levels and technology—all while building relationships and expanding your professional network, which can help your long-term career.

To supplement your income

Working a few shifts on your normal days off can help you pay off medical school loans, fund a future career move or save for personal goals like buying a home, putting your kids through college or traveling extensively after retirement.

Staff Care has contracts with hospitals around the country, which means part-time ER jobs are likely available in your hometown or within just a couple of hours’ travel.

Before deciding to take any secondary physician job however, be sure to check your current employment contract for any provisions that might preclude moonlighting.

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Part-time locum tenens jobs in emergency medicine may also be a good choice for a physician who wants to step back from a full-time schedule for a time, such as a new parent who has one or more young children at home.

To remain close to home and family

A part-time locum tenens ER job near your current home means that you can be there for life’s most important moments, like family meals, kids’ sports and activities and other special events. Staying close to home can ensure more quality time and less stress for those you love.

Some emergency physicians will use locums tenens positions to stay close to extended family, as well, such as an aging parent who needs additional care.

To enjoy career flexibility with benefits

Emergency physicians who work locum tenens have the freedom to choose their practice setting, location and schedule. Once approved to work in a facility, locum tenens ER physicians can make themselves available on a regular schedule, and may be able to take last-minute shifts on occasion.

Locum tenens physicians can earn excellent compensation, and their professional liability and malpractice coverage is normally covered by their staffing agency. Practitioners can also be reimbursed for housing and other travel expenses, depending on the proximity of each assignment.

Each locum tenens agency and contract is different, however, so be sure to go over the details with your recruiter.

LEARN MORE about the benefits of working locum tenens.

To design your ideal ER physician assignment

When you work with Staff Care, you can connect with a recruiter who knows emergency medicine and can help you reach your professional and personal goals. 

If you’re looking for part-time positions or only those within a certain distance from home, your recruiter will work with you to find the assignments that meet your criteria. He or she will also help you get you ready for each assignment, including setting up interviews, credentialing and more.

READY TO GET STARTED? Find the best part-time ER physician jobs with Staff Care, the nation’s leader in locum tenens staffing.



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