A Favorable Alternative: Interim Physicians on the Go

A Doctor Examining A PatientIt’s flu season again, and hospitals are looking for locum tenens physicians.  Hospital admissions during this time are full, and they hire locum physicians to meet this demand.  Hospitals also hire locum tenens physicians in cases where staff physicians take vacations, sabbaticals, or maternity leave.  A locum physician can also work in government and military facilities, community health centers, and correctional facilities.

Here are some of the reasons why physicians roll up their sleeves as locum tenens physician:

Significant clinical experience

When a physician is assigned to an area where there is an epidemic, they could learn more about the disease.  Eventually, interventions become familiar to physicians.  When the physician is assigned to another area, they become experts and know how to handle the disease.

Great travel opportunities

Physicians can travel to different places and extend their professional network.  Their work in different hospitals and facilities enables them to meet new contacts. This opens opportunities for professional development and growth.

Extra, extra income!

Extra income is always an attraction for those in the locum tenens field.  Since hospitals will hire locum physicians when demand is great, their flexibility also provides a possible higher income.

They could also choose where they could work and when they could make their services available. With a more flexible hold on your schedule, many locum tenens physicians feel that they have more work and life balance.

Working as a locum physician is now becoming a favorable alternative for many in the medical field.  They do not have to tie themselves to one hospital or facility. For those who are only starting out in the medical field, locum tenens work can be a way to expand connections and even medical knowhow.