Locum tenens take up the roles of absent physicians or where there is a low number of physicians in health facilities. They are also required to be available for emergencies as well as when needed as short-term physicians. Becoming a locum tenen has several benefits, some of which are discussed below.
Physicians who are new in the career prefer locum tenens as a way of allowing them explore several available related careers. New graduates are always not sure of where to settle. They are able to look for the highest paying employer while still working as locum tenens. Retired medical practitioners and physicians who have resigned voluntary also take up locum tenens assignments after retirement. Retirees are given a chance to serve the community again after retirement, benefiting the community at large and him/herself Taking up these roles does not interfere with the physician schedule of performing other engagements outside the health facility.
The physician is able to choose the hours to work from and to according to his/her availability. Physician will be able to set the number of hours or duration to work. It can be a week, a month or certain months in a year.The duration can be any months in a year, any days a week, etc.
Apart from choosing the working hours, they are also able to choose their working location, hence get a chance to travel a lot. 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. Working in different health facilities in the state allows the physician to learn different cultures of different communities. 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.
Locum tenens physicians are able to earn extra money. Physician is not limited to the number of health facilities he/she should work provided he will be available at the facility or hospital at the required set time. Fresh graduates with schools loans can clear the loans as taking up locum tenens assignments allows them to make extra money. With financial security, the physician is also able to further his/her education as the working schedule also allows one to attend part-time classes.
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.