"Locum Tenens" is a Latin phrase that loosely translates to mean "to hold a place". A locum tenens physician or advanced practitioner is one who temporarily fills in for another provider while they are out on vacation, maternity leave, professional training, etc. The term is now often expanded to mean a provider who is filling any gap in a medical staff, whether temporarily filling in for another, filling a vacancy until a permanent healthcare professional is hired or assisting with seasonal coverage needs.
Working as a locum tenens healthcare professional with Cross Country Locums offers a greater level of choice and control in your career path as well as the ability to travel and explore new practice settings. Additionally, physicians and advanced practitioners doing locum tenens work are able to concentrate on patient care and avoid much of the paperwork associated with traditional practice.
Many providers who step back from the rigors of a busy day-to-day practice still enjoy practicing medicine on a limited basis. Locum tenens allows you to control your schedule and choose the times and places to practice. It allows you the freedom to do what you enjoy and practice medicine.
In most cases, yes. In some cases, you can even bring your pets too! A good reason for choosing to work locum tenens before going into a permanent practice is so your family can experience the community before moving. Bringing your family along while you provide coverage isn't a problem, but each opportunity has its own parameters and it is best to speak with your recruiter to determine the best scenario for traveling with your family.
It's all up to you. Freedom of choice and flexibility are big benefits of locum tenens. The more flexible you are about where you will work, the more opportunities we can present for your consideration. However, it is not uncommon for a locum tenens healthcare professional to restrict himself/herself to working exclusively in one state or region.
As a locum tenens physician or advanced practitioner, you are an independent contractor and are completely free to determine the direction of your career and how often you work, where you work and how long you work.
Locum tenens contracts range in length from just a few days to in excess of a year. Your specialty greatly influences the average contract length.
While there are many advantages to working in locum tenens, you are an independent contractor and are not eligible for employee benefits. However, you are eligible for a great deal of other benefits that come with working as an independent contractor. Consult a tax professional for more details.
Locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners are independent contractors and competitive compensation is typically based on hourly shifts or daily terms. Providers are paid weekly and professional liability, travel and lodging expenses are covered as needed. As an independent contractor, taxes are not withheld and you will receive a 1099.
It depends on the client need and your preferences, but generally no, unless otherwise agreed. Cross Country Locums will arrange your travel and housing with our in-house travel and housing department and the costs will be paid by the facility where you will provide services. This excludes situations where the locum tenens provider lives locally.