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Top Five Advantages 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. If you desire greater flexibility, freedom, and control in your career, becoming a locum tenens physician may very well be the job for you.

Top 5 Advantages of Locum Tenens

Below are some of the top advantages of being a locums contractor:

  • Financial.  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Want to explore the benefits of locums? Speak with a recruiter  today!

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