Why Medical Residents Should Consider Locum Tenens

After graduating from a residency or fellowship, doctors in training have numerous options for what to do next. One option they may overlook is locum tenens work.

The term may be unfamiliar to some medical residents, but make no mistake; the use of locum tenens, or temporary physicians, is growing each year as healthcare facilities struggle to maintain or enhance their medical staffs.



In order to measure the value of locum tenens in health facilities across the country, and measure the number of physicians or advanced practitioners who are either currently working or planning to work locum tenens, Staff Care conducts its annual Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends.

The 2017 survey suggests that locum tenens physicians are being utilized more than ever in the United States. According to the latest survey, the estimated number of locum tenens physicians rose from 74.6% in 2012 to 94% in 2017.

The survey also shows that locum tenens continues to be of interest to medical residents and fellows. In the 2017 survey,15% of medical residents said they first worked locum tenens right out of residency, compared to 14.2% in the 2013 survey.

Locum tenens is an appealing option for residents and fellows, as it gives them the opportunity to “test drive” different healthcare facilities prior to committing to a permanent position or allows doctors in training to work and make some extra money before starting a fellowship. It also allows doctors in training to work and make some extra money before starting a fellowship.

Perhaps the greatest benefit that physicians find in working locum tenens, however; is the freedom and flexibility of their schedules. Locum tenens jobs provide the opportunity to work as much or as little as you want, and to choose where you practice.

10 benefits physicians appreciate while working locums include:

  1. Professional development and networking opportunities
  2. Paying down medical school debt
  3. Traveling the country
  4. Enjoying a flexible schedule
  5. Malpractice insurance provided
  6. Travel and lodging expenses paid
  7. Job placement and medical licensure assistance
  8. Working in a variety of environments before committing to a permanent position
  9. Medical licensure assistance
  10. Competitive compensation, as full-time or supplemental income


With the growing need for locum tenens in healthcare facilities across the country, now is the time for residents and fellows to consider locum tenens opportunities.

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