locum tenens: n., locum tenens
(lō'kəm' tē'nĕnz', tĕn'ənz).
A physician who fills a temporary position.
In May of 2009, the unemployment rate rached 9.4% which was the highest in the last 25 years. Yet, the healthcare industry continues to grow and added another 23,500 jobs in May. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States is headed towards "an aggregate shortage of physicians." Doctors today have tremendous opportunities to shape their careers.
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What is Locum Tenens
Locum Tenens are temporary positions that last from a few weeks to several months or even as long as a year. Locum Tenens frequntly fill an opening until a permanent replacement has been hired. While working as a locum tenens you will be employed by an agency and it is possible to work locum tenens full time and go from assignment to assignment while exploring the country.
Why would I want to work Locum Tenens?
Everyone has their own path so different people have different answers to that question. But locum tenens is frequently interesting to young doctors that aren't certain what type of practice they wish to work in so temporary positions give them a chance to 'try out' different types of situations. Young doctors sometimes also want to travel and see the country (or world!) before settling down and working as a locum tenens gives you that opportunity.
Older physicians may find Locum Tenens to be a good option when they want to slow down but not retire completely. With a locum tenens position, you can work part of the year and have the rest of the year to travel or enjoy other interests.
Can I go anywhere I want to go?
Yes, within reason. There are locum tenens positions available all over the country, including Alaska and Hawaii. Your agency will assist in becoming licensed if you're not already licensed to practice where the assignment is located.
Can I take my family with me?
Of course! Your agency will work with you to take your family along.
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