New Physicians Can Test Drive New Settings via Locum Tenens Jobs

Medical residents coming into the job market are in a difficult position. They have spent years learning how to treat patients but are expected to choose a permanent position with sometimes limited real-world practice experience. Medical school simply doesn’t prepare you for such a search and completing a residency program in a single location can be limiting in knowing which type of medical practice best meets your needs. Not surprisingly, almost 25 percent of new doctors leave their first position within five years of being hired.

A relatively simple solution to this situation is for new physicians to spend some time working locum tenens, a Latin term meaning “to hold the place of, to substitute for.” Locum tenens staffing is a fast-growing industry, as more physicians seek the benefits of temporary work, and opportunities are growing.

For a medical resident, the greatest benefit of locum tenens work is simply being able to try different professional experiences without making a commitment. Locums physicians can work in hospitals, clinics, or large or small practices. Each of these organizations has its own culture, which you are able to experience firsthand as a locums physician, a valuable opportunity to determine the type of professional experience you really want.

Test drive a variety of communities and practice types, a great way to determine what is a good fit for you. Regardless of individual office politics, what is it generally like to work in a large medical center? Are there advantages to practicing at a smaller, rural hospital? What is it like to raise a family in a big city or a small town? Locum tenens work allows you to answer these questions for yourself, without making a long-term commitment.

As a locums physician, you can choose your assignment by location. If you’ve always wanted to experience Alaska, the Grand Canyon, New Orleans, or other interesting locales, you can find locums assignments almost anywhere.

To discover what is available for new and interesting medical professional opportunities, call Medicus Healthcare Solutions at 855-301-0563 to speak with an experienced recruiter, or send an email to

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