Five Surefire Signs It's Time For You to Consider Locum Tenens
You've heard of locum tenens, but you may be overlooking signs that it's right for you.
Here are a few to look out for:
You’re feeling overwhelmed by administrative duties. Faced with mounting regulatory concerns and documentation requirements, physicians are spending more and more time on admin work. According to a survey by MedScape, a third of doctors spend more than 10 hours a week on paperwork or administration. Wasn’t helping patients the reason you got into medicine in the first place? Locum tenens allows you to bypass the admin headaches and get back to the basics of keeping communities healthy.
You’re not helping as many patients as you like. As a mission-driven physician, you may feel confined by your physical location and unable to reach as many patients as you want. Locum tenens physicians are able to serve where they are needed. You may be called to a community lacking available healthcare. Or you may be able to reach patients struck by crisis through a tele-medicine position. Or you may be the change a practice needed to shift its culture for the better.
You’re just out of school and in debt. Thousands of dollars in student loans is a heavy burden to bear. You already have a full-time position, but are still having trouble making ends meet. Did you know you can choose to work locums whenever you want? Just working one weekend a month 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 you’d like more flexibility for travel, spending time with your family or relaxing. By transitioning out of your private practice into LT, you can choose how often you want to work and have more time for what’s important to you.
You have wanderlust. Has your suitcase been sitting in your closet a little too long? Does a life of traveling to new places, experiencing new things and meeting new people sound exciting? You could be just the type of person who craves working locum tenens.
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