Locum tenens take up the roles of absent physicians or where there is a low number of physicians in health facilities. They also stand in when the hospital has emergencies or need short-term physicians, and they perform all duties of the physician. 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. 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. Retired medical practitioners and physicians who have resigned voluntary also take up locum tenens assignments after retirement. Even with hitting the retirement age, taking up locum tenens assignment gives the retiree a chance to service the community again. The physician is able to engage in other activities when not on duty.
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.
Locum tenens have the advantage of been in a position to travel as they can choose where to work. 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. Working in different health facilities in the state allows the physician to learn different cultures of different communities. 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. 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. The physician can work in more than one health facility at a time as there is no limit, so long as he/she is available at the 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. 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.