Signs You Should Consider a Career Transition to Locums

How to know if locum tenens is right for you.

Considering a new position and looking to explore your options? You’ve heard of locum tenens, but you may be overlooking signs that it’s right for you. Choosing locum tenens can offer many unique benefits apart from full-time positions, no matter what career stage you’re in. Here are signs you may be ready for a physician career transition to locums.

You're feeling overwhelmed by administrative duties.

As regulations and documentation requirements become more complex, physicians are devoting increased amounts of time to administrative tasks. According to a survey by Medscape, physicians spend over 15 hours per week on paperwork and administration. Of those 15 hours, nine hours are on EHR documentation alone. Choosing to work locums can help reduce administrative responsibilities so you can focus on practicing medicine.

You want to help more patients.

You may feel confined by your physical location or position and are unable to reach as many patients as you’d like. As a locums physician or advanced practitioner, you may be called to practice in underserved areas where healthcare providers are greatly needed and communities are lacking care. Through telehealth positions, you can also reach patients across the country that may be struck by crisis.

You're looking to earn extra income or pay off student loans.

Thousands of dollars in student loans are a heavy burden to bear. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the average medical student has $200,000 of debt, excluding undergraduate education. Did you know you can choose to work locums whenever you want? Working just one extra weekend a month in addition to your full-time practice could mean thousands of extra dollars in your pocket a year.

You're ready to retire, but not ready to quit practicing.

You may have reached a point in your life where your priorities have shifted. Locums provides a unique opportunity that allows you to create your own schedule and decide how often you want to work. By transitioning from full-time to locum tenens work, you can continue your passion and have more time to focus on your priorities.

You're ready for a change.

Feeling stagnant in your career? Looking for a change of scenery? Locums allows you to try jobs in a new practice or location on a temporary basis until you’re ready to make a permanent physician job change. You can even choose locum work in a new city or facility every few weeks or months.

You're looking to travel more.

Does a life of travel, new experiences, and new people sound exciting? A physician career transition to locum tenens could be the perfect opportunity for you, offering the freedom and flexibility of choosing when and where you want to work.

You're just starting your career.

Early in your career and not sure what your next step is? Working locums can help you decide what practice you might want to pursue, what type of facility you might want to work in, or where you may want to live until you’re ready for permanent placement. Learn more about locum tenens after residency here.

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Federal facts for you.

We are a Federal Supply Schedule Contract holder. 

Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contract: 36F79723D0086, Professional and Allied Healthcare Staffing, effective March 15, 2023, through March 14, 2028.

NAICS Codes:
  • 561320: Temporary help services. 
  • 621111: Offices of physicians. 
  • 621112: Offices of physicians, mental health specialists. 
  • 621399: Offices of all other miscellaneous health practitioners. 
  • 621330: Offices of mental health practitioners.


Once you and our client agree to move forward with your assignment, our privileging team will assist you and the client in gathering information required by the healthcare facility to grant clinical privileges.


We contact the facility’s Medical Service Office (MSO) for their application and requirements.


We will assist you by pre-populating the facility’s application and sending to the MSO.


We will assist the MSO by following up on requested items.


MSO will grant privileges based on your training and experience, and you will be able to start your assignment.

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Maggie Youmans

Senior Vice President, Sales

As Senior Vice President, Maggie oversees several key specialty divisions and adjacent teams. With a demonstrated history of leading teams and developing individuals across the organization, she is dedicated to inspiring, challenging and empowering associates to achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Maggie earned degrees in marketing and management focused on consumer economics from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. She enjoys traveling with her husband to visit different bed and breakfasts. Together, they have been able to see the beauty within their own backyard and across the country.

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Anne Anderson

Executive Vice President

"I'm passionate about the locum tenens industry - we make a real difference in the lives of both our heroic healthcare providers and the patients they treat."

Anne has been at the forefront of the evolution of locum tenens for more than 35 years. She’s a respected leader with expertise in corporate operations, risk management, credentialing, and travel services. Before joining Jackson + Coker, she served as Executive Vice President at Medical Doctor Associates, part of Cross Country Healthcare. 

An ardent industry advocate, Anne served several years on the Board of the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO), including two years as president. 

Anne received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Spring Hill College. She is also a PADI open water diver and enjoys scuba diving. 

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