Is Locum Tenens Right for You?

Only if you want more flexibility, freedom and control over your career!

Why do healthcare providers choose locum tenens career opportunities? Because more and more physicians want to be in control oF when they work, where they work and their financial futures.

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The Catapult Healthcare Guide to Locum Tenens

What is Locum Tenens?

A locum tenens practitioner is a staff member who practices in place of another, and in the wake of the practitioner shortage, they will play an increasingly important role in occupying vacancies within health systems.

Traditionally, a locum tenens practitioner is hired to excuse another practitioner who may be away while obtaining additional training, or absent due to an illness or maternity leave.  In recent years, the role of the locum tenens practitioner has grown to encompass many other specialties and practices as the physician shortage is a reality that is impacting how health care is provided.

The Benefits of Locum Tenens Work


Flexible schedule.

Set your own schedule. Work anywhere in the U.S. And work as little or as often as you choose.

With locum tenens jobs, you have complete control over your work schedule.

If you are a physician easing into retirement, taking on a part-time locum tenens position will allow you to remain active in your practice without leaving altogether. You’ll still be able to put your skills to good use, but you can limit your scope of work to the tasks you most enjoy.

Travel opportunities and higher pay.

Locums opportunities can be found in just about every part of the United States. Whether you’re looking to escape winter, experience a new locale or just enjoy the excitement of travel, you’ll find excellent career options wherever you want to go.

With locum tenens, you can experience a wide variety of clinical and geographical settings without having to make a long-term commitment. You can see different parts of the country and experience new work environments with the freedom to stay on or move on based on your preferences.

Interested in more remote or rural locations? Healthcare facilities in many of the less populated parts of the country are willing to offer higher pay to attract the talented practitioners they need. And the physicians who serve these communities often find the freedom of travel rewarding as they move to parts of the country that are commonly overlooked by the medical community.

Less likelihood of health provider burnout.

Taking on a locum tenens role can give you the balance you want by working with established boundaries. And because you retain control over when and where you work, you avoid the pressure and bureaucracy that sometimes come with more traditional practitioner roles.

Experience multiple practice environments without a full commitment.

If you are a practitioner who is coming straight from a residency program or clinical rotations, locum tenens will allow you to experience multiple career paths to find one that is right for you.

You will be able to practice a range of responsibilities, discovering your strongest talents and areas of interest without full commitments to a role that may not be ideal for you.

Working locum tenens gives you a chance to build and expand your CV, references and clinical skill sets.  It also gives you the ability to work in a variety of clinical settings without the stress of practice overhead, administrative responsibilities or hospital bureaucracy.

Extra income.

Locums assignments allow you to earn extra income on weekends or days off, and  earn competitive compensation while decreasing student loan debt.

Malpractice Insurance is covered.

With locum tenens assignments, your insurance costs are covered as part of the contract with the healthcare facility.