A Physician's Guide To Locum Tenens

A Physician's Guide To Locum Tenens

There is nothing more rewarding than having a skill and a talent and being able to use it for the greater good, to give back to those in need of your knowledge and expertise, and to help needy communities.

As someone from a third world country I know all too well the necessity for highly skilled and trained medical staff, the upgrade needed for medical facilities, and not to mention the lack of equipment available.

We hear an outcry for these simple things and yet the finances never seem to arrive, thankfully there are those individuals who, born with the gift of caring for others, offer their services as and when they are needed.

These are called ‘Locum Tenens,’ or in other words, saints. The term and practice of locum tenens have been around for a few decades now (read about it here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locum ) and began back in the ‘70s, as more practitioners and companies became aware of the service they too jumped on board and hired in extra staff.

Essentially a qualified medical person offers their services to firms and medical facilities on a short-term contract basis, both agree on the terms, and this way everyone gets what they need. The center gets a qualified and experienced staff member for the needed period without having to sign long-term yearly contracts, and the employee gets work for the set time. Win-win.


Why Use A Locum Tenens

From the employee perspective a short-term solution may just be the answer to slowly finding their way back into the industry after an extended period, they can find their feet again and settle into the rhythm of operations.

On the other hand, the medical facility may be coming up to the festive season where ‘all hands on deck’ are usually what’s called for, and this way they can pick and choose specific skills needed for departments that could be lacking. A surgeon may be on leave or an emergency came up and they had to attend to it last minute.

With all parties in agreement on the terms, a relationship can be built and could set the tone for working together in the future. It may not be for everyone but for most the popularity in this industry is on the rise.

The employee gets to not only travel and sees new places and facilities he or she may not have considered before, but it allows them the flexibility to fit in periods of work as they see fit in their life schedule.


1. Staying Protected

Seems all good and well to travel around the country, and perhaps the globe, lending a hand where needed, but this doesn’t mean to say there might be the odd case of a patient not being happy (we can’t please everyone), and this is where you need to ensure your insurance is up to date.

The only issue with this factor is the daunting and overwhelming effort it takes to be covered for each job on each occasion, and reading the fine print to ensure nothing is left out should something happen while the patient is on the table or the aftercare. Would it not be better if this was taken care of from day one with no further worries?


2. Get Covered

If you had the option of working for a firm that ensures your insurance cover and protection as you jet around the villages healing the needy would it not give you peace of mind? Enlisting with such a firm would be a big weight off your shoulders and you could focus on the most important part of the practice, helping.

Take a minute to sort your Locum Tenens coverage from the get-go and do your part to make the world a better place. There can never be enough help for others, but covering and protecting yourself is also a priority.

Too many times doctors or surgeons are sued for ‘malpractice’ and if they feel they are being accused unfairly they have the coverage to see them through the process and get to the bottom of the story, with the facts.