Locum tenens physicians basically take up their assignments where physicians are not sufficient or are absent. They also stand in when the hospital has emergencies or need short-term physicians, and they perform all duties of the physician. There are several benefits of becoming a locum tenens physician.
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. They are able to look for the highest paying employer while still working as locum tenens. 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 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. One is also able to choose the duration of work, depending with his/her availability. 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.
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. This provides an opportunity for the physician to explore other interests while travelling including pursuing ones 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. The physician gets a chance to meet other physicians in his line of duty, giving him a chance to network and learn one or more things. The physicians are able to share knowledge and techniques which help them in their careers. 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. New physicians who have just graduated from medicine school and who take up this assignments are able to pay off their school loans fast. 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 responsibility of running the facility lies on other personnel, leaving the physician to concentrate wholly on his/her assignments and deliver effectively In conclusion, becoming a locum tenen has several benefits to the physician.