Locums FAQs: Part 1
- What is a locum tenens physician?
Locums tenens is Latin for “place holder”. A locum tenens physician is a physician who works temporarily for a healthcare organization as an independent contractor until a permanent physician can be hired.
- What types of physicians can do locums?
Any type! There is a need for locums in all physician specialties.
- What is the quickest way to get started doing locums?
The quickest way to get started doing locum is to contact a locums agency.
- How much money can I make doing locums?
It depends. Locums physicians are typically paid a higher hourly wage than their counterparts who are permanently employed. Furthermore, since there are no restrictions in terms of how much you can work as a locums doctor or on the type of work you can do as a locums doctor, you can make as much money as you want.
- Why should I consider doing locums?
Locums provides increased freedom and flexibility. It allows you to work when you want, where you want, and for how much you want.
- Should I work with a locums company?
Yes. Working with a locums company is the easiest and most reliable way to do locums.
- Can I do locums on my own?
Yes, you can do locums on your own. You can contact health care organizations directly and arrange to do locums for them.
- Do I have to travel for locums? Can I do locums locally?
You do not have to travel out of town to do locums. However, it may be more difficult to find locums opportunities where you live. You just must look harder for them.
- How can I negotiate a higher locums pay rate?
Ask for it. In order to make sure you are getting the top market rate, be sure to do your research in terms of the going rate for your specialty in your location. Ask other physicians what they make. Also talk to multiple locums recruiters because the same job is often listed with multiple companies. The rate the companies pay for the same job can vary by as much as $50/hour.
10.Can I do locums if I have small kids?
Absolutely. With a little (or a lot) of help and planning, physicians with small children can do locums. In fact, many parents find doing locums extremely rewarding as it gives them the opportunity to control their schedule. They find themselves at home more and when they are at home, they don’t have to worry about work.
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