The choice lies between Locum Tenens and Permanent jobs. With the former as the choice to some, what should their expectations be?
Amarillo, Texas, December 28, 2010 -- The term Locum Tenens is Latin which means “to hold the place of”. However, in medicine, this phrase simply means “temporary physician”. This is an employment where a physician and is sent to a region in place of a needed physician for a given period of time. This is via a Locum Tenens company which is responsible for arranging physicians for any available physician’s positions all over the world. Most of the assignments issued to Locum Tenens last for a short while, possibly weeks, but some can go on for months.
Having a position for an LT in a remote area of the globe may not be best, therefore there is need to know about the assignment at hand. A research on the assignment and the location will give prior knowledge of the task at hand. Majority of the Locum Companies today want more of practice than the fact that they have provided an LT. This should be a reminder to any Locum Tenens to remember to have the best professional behavior at all times.
Also, many companies insist on articulation when stating their terms of agreement with their Locum Tenens, clearly outlining the expected expenses on traveling, malpractice insurance and sundry expenses arising to be covered by the temporary employer.
Locum Tenens are normally issued with License that states the areas of operation. This will be safe, considering that a majority of LT positions are normally located in adventurous locations. There are LT service provision points to obtain the required license as per the destination. LT can come as a great alternative to permanent positions, but it’s all a matter of choice at the end of it all.
Ronny Abraham, M.D.
Physician Employment Opportunities