New physicians can benefit from locum tenens placements
If you’ve recently completed your medical residency or fellowship training, a locum tenens placement may help you decide where to begin your practice. Physicians who have the ability to work in different areas of the country are in high demand today, due to the continuing shortage of skilled professionals, particularly in primary care, family care and internal medicine.
One of the many advantages of a locum tenens position is that it gives you an opportunity to explore both the professional and the personal lifestyle available in an urban, rural or suburban community. For instance, you might be offered a temporary position with a practice in a beachfront, lakeside, mountain or desert setting – a very different experience than practicing in a major metropolitan area. Of course, the opposite is also true. If you’ve grown up and gone to school in a quiet Midwest community, for example, you could try working in fast-paced urban center.
Taking a locum tenens position also gives you an opportunity to “try out” different practice settings, from a small clinic to a large group practice to a major regional health system. Because a locum tenens placement is time limited, you are under no obligation to continue if the situation is not a good fit. Instead, you gain the experience and move on with your career in a different direction.
However, you might also find that the locum tenens assignment is ideal for you. In that case, you might have the option to turn the temporary placement into a full-time, permanent position. In many cases, you would several advantages over other potential candidates, including actual “on-the-job” experience and an established relationship with the decision-makers. In that regard, temporary staffing positions are a great way to get your foot in the door and take the next step in your career.
Other benefits of locum tenens placements may include flexible scheduling, such as covering a particular shift or working four longer shifts in order to have three days off. That can be ideal for a physician who needs to care for a young child or an aging parent.
All Medical Personnel offers a wide array of locum tenens positions throughout the country for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Please check our website for a current list of openings, and consider the benefits of a temporary placement.