Locum tenens is Latin for 'place holder. A locum tenens physician takes the place of a physician when they are absent or when there are additional coverage needs within a practice. The needs vary from short term weekend coverage needs up to full-time long-term.
Recent reports show over 80% of hospitals utilize Locum Tenens on a regular basis as an integral part of their staffing.
Common reasons for needs include but are not limited to; recruiting for permanent physician(s), maternity leave, medical leave, leave of absences, illness, military deployment, retirement, and one of the big ones is to prevent burnout from existing team.
Investing into Locum coverage is one of the best decisions a healthcare entity can make.
One of the appealing factors for most physicians who chose to do Locums is, they get to decide when, where and how often they work. Moonlighting / per diem work is increasingly popular amongst physicians in all stages of their careers and for good reasons! Speak with your Health Wise consultant to see if Locum Tenens is right for you!
We often hear from our physicians that they love being able to see other institutions and different parts of the country to see how they operate and do things. Being able to gain such experience in diverse settings gives invaluable experience.
We believe in taking care of our people and negotiate better rates across the board, driving better payment terms for the physicians while saving our clients money at the same time. It's a mutually beneficial arrangement for everyone involved!
Dr. Stu, MD, Locum Tenens Physician