Why the use of locum tenens physicians (and clinicians) keeps growing

Posted by Doximity TF Team

In 2016, roughly 48,000 physicians did locum tenens work. That’s up from 44,000 in 2014, and 26,000 in 2002, per Staff Care’s annual survey. The survey also revealed that 94% of healthcare facility managers used locum tenens physicians during the last 12 months. Locum tenens physicians were mainly used to fill in until permanent doctors were found in certain specialties or to address staff turnover.

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How the age of physicians is affecting the locum tenens landscape

Posted by Doximity TF Team

There was a time when locum tenens was the career swan song of older physicians. A locums assignment was a way for a semiretired, 60-year-old emergency medicine physician from Crystal, Minnesota to ditch a frigid winter in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and spend January through April working in sunny southern California – easing out of a practice and into retirement (and golfing and bird watching).

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Six surprising findings about physicians interested in Locum Tenens

Posted by Doximity TF Team

The physician workforce is evolving and the locum tenens workforce is growing. A few months ago we published the article: Why more physicians are considering a locum tenens career. We noted that regardless of why or how a physician vacancy exists, healthcare facilities have to maintain patient care quality – so they regularly hire part-time or temporary locum tenens physicians to fill the gap. Several recent surveys, including one from The Physician Foundation, found that 46% of doctors will change their practice styles within three years and 9% plan to work locum tenens.

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Why more physicians are considering a locum tenens career

Posted by Doximity TF Team

Placeholders, free agents, locum tenens…no matter the name, a physician filling in for another physician has been a common practice (and a professional courtesy) for a long time. Physicians retire, resign, and get fired; physicians need vacation and personal time, as well as maternity and sick leave, too. 

Of course, staffing shortages are the norm these days and physician turnover creates a huge expense. Regardless of why or how a physician vacancy exists, healthcare facilities have to maintain patient care quality—so they regularly hire part-time or temporary locum tenens physicians to fill the gap.

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