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Top Five Advantages of Locum Tenens

It can be nerve-racking starting a new job in a new organization or hospital; it can be even more nerve-racking when you start a new position at a new hospital multiple times a year! For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top benefits of locum tenens work to keep in mind to ease your nerves as you start your new locum tenens position.

What are the Benefits of Locum Tenens?

No matter where you are in your healthcare career, becoming a locum tenens contractor can be a valuable and rewarding experience. If you’re considering this option, here are several key advantages to keep in mind.

1. Financial Benefits

Locums providers often make a higher hourly rate than permanent full-time hospital-employed physicians.  As a locum tenens provider, you are taxed as an independent contractor or a corporation and many of your expenses can be written off.

Regardless of where you are in your career, you’ll reap the benefits. Just starting out? Locum tenens can help pay off medical school debt. Mid-career? Earn extra income in your time off. Ready to scale back? Locum tenens allows you to maintain a skill set while working at a slower pace and continue to earn income.

2. Freedom to Travel

Locums is a lifestyle that allows you the chance to explore different parts of the country and to meet new people and experience new things. If you’d like to experience different practice settings or enjoy exploring a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities across the country, locum tenens is the way to go.

3. Reduction in Administrative Duties

Locum tenens providers are not tied down with bureaucratic headaches or hospital politics and rarely have teaching responsibilities.  Additionally, they don’t have to deal with billing or coding issues or staffing management issues.

4. Flexibility

You choose when, where and how much you work to obtain a better work-life balance.  Locum tenens can also help physicians fight burnout in their careers.

5. Exposure to Different Practice Settings

Different practice settings and facilities allow physicians at any stage in their career to “try it before you buy it” as well as maintain or build a skill set. Locum tenens also allows physicians to work in communities that are severely understaffed or lacking access to primary care services.

Wrap Up

Hopefully this article has helped you learn more about Locum Tenens and the job duties that go along with it. We here at D&Y want to make sure you are as informed as possible when making a decision about your career in the healthcare field, so please be sure to check out our homepage to learn more about locum tenens and if it’s a right fit or not for you.

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