Locum tenens physician stands in the gap where there is a shortage of physicians or the physicians are absent. Locum tenens physicians perform all duties of a physician during their tenure when called in for emergencies. Becoming a locum tenen has several benefits, some of which are discussed below.
A fresh medical school graduate will take up these roles as it provide him /her with an opportunity to look into other career options. The physicians who have just graduated have not made up their mind where to settle. When a physician take up locum tenens assignment, he/she can be able to still look for a higher paying job, still engaged on the current one. The aged physicians who have retired from service or young ones who have resigned for other reasons can become locum tenens. Retirees are given a chance to serve the community again after retirement, benefiting the community at large and him/herself A physician with other engagement can also find it easy to take up locum tenens instead of full time employment.
Locum tenens are able to fix their preferred working time depending on their availability. Apart from fixing their working time, they can also fix their working duration or hours. You will be able to form your schedule according to your availability.
They are also able to choose their working location, hence get an opportunity to travel around. Locum tenens physicians are also in a position to choose what assignments to take up and where to work from. Travelling from one facility to another provides the physician with an opportunity of exploring his/her other interests as well as pursuing one’s hobbies. Additionally, the physician is able to learn different cultures as a result of working in different health facilities located in different parts of the state. It also allows the physician to network with other physicians since he is able to meet other physicians of the same profession. It also improves the locum tenens knowledge base, as he/she is able to learn something new from other physicians. Moving from one health facility to another increases the confidence of the physician due to exposure of different situations.
There is a chance of making extra money when working as a locum tenens. Taking up locum tenens role will mean a physician can be able to work in different centres, at different times. New physicians who have just graduated from medicine school and who take up this assignments are able to pay off their school loans fast. Additionally, there is job security and the physician gets time and finances to further his/her education.
The physician does not have to worry about administrative or management issues as they are performed by other personnel, preferably full-time employees. It is beneficial to the physician to become a locum tenant.