Being a locum tenens physician for many can mean freedom - to travel, to have a flexible schedule, to gain a wider skillset, to make extra income, to live in different parts of the country or try different practice settings, and to avoid administrative duties.




As a locum tenens physician or provider, you'll fill a position at a facility when the permanent doctor is on leave or until a new one is hired. You might also provide extra coverage during peak seasons or work shorter assignments to cover for vacations. Assignments can range from a few days to many months, but every assignment you take is completely up to you.


Here are some reasons to choose locum tenens work:


  • You're just starting your career and want to decide where you want to live and what kind of practice you'd like to pursue.
  • You're retiring from your permanent practice but still want to practice medicine to earn extra income and keep your skills current.
  • You enjoy traveling the world and need the flexibility of choosing when you want to work.
  • You like the idea of helping patients in underserved areas where healthcare providers are greatly needed. 
  • You want an opportunity to earn extra income by picking up coverage in addition to your full-time practice.
  • You love helping patients - but hate the paperwork and administrative responsibilities. 
  • You love change, and the idea of working a new city every few weeks or few months is exciting for you.
  • You want to try out a job in a new practice or locations by taking on a locums-to-permanent position. 


Hear from Dr. Jennifer Trieu on why locum tenens work was the right choice for her. 


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