How Locum Tenens Enhances the Rewards of Practicing Medicine

How Locum Tenens Enhances the Rewards of Practicing Medicine

Every year, Medscape queries physicians on a variety of topics, from salaries to provider mental health and well-being. In the 2023 Physician Compensation Report, doctors not only divulge income information, they also identify their top professional rewards. These happen to be some of the same benefits derived from a locum tenens career, as we explain here.

Reward: Being very good at what I do
Your skills and knowledge make an impact on people and their families during some of life’s most stressful moments. Being good at your job as a locum tenens professional impacts your co-workers, too. Bringing experience with state-of-the-art equipment or new procedures, for example, to assignments at smaller or rural facilities are opportunities to share your knowledge with staff providers, and benefit their patients. The information exchange flows in the other direction, too. Observing peers on a locum tenens job exposes you to various skills and practice nuances from which you can pull the best to enhance your own skill set.

Reward: Gratitude for relationships with patients
As the survey reveals, hearing from your patients that you make an impact on their health and quality of life produces career satisfaction for countless physicians. However, other demands on your time, including a multitude of administrative tasks, meetings, budgets, and personnel issues, are linked to feeling burned out and less fulfilled on the job. Locum tenens removes those non-clinical duties so your days include more face-to-face time with patients. There are more chances to converse with them, explain information, or answer questions. Locum tenens professionals frequently comment that they find this aspect of the career alternative refreshing and revitalizing.

Reward: Knowing I’m making the world a better place
Accepting locum tenens assignments opens the door to make an impact on even more people’s lives and more communities. Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare organizations contract with All Star Healthcare Solutions to fill staffing voids for a variety of reasons, one of which is to bring providers to medically underserved communities. In addition to primary care deserts – areas where access to primary care is restricted or nonexistent – researchers have found maternal and cardiac care deserts exist throughout the country. Locum tenens professionals assist facilities in these areas by delivering medical expertise closer to where people live. That’s just one example of how you can enhance healthcare in communities for residents.

Reward: Making good money at a job I like
Physicians practicing locum tenens are classified as independent contractors, neither an employee of a staffing company nor of the facility to which they are assigned temporarily. What’s more, locum tenens professionals earn highly competitive pay rates and practice under All Star Healthcare Solutions’ medical liability insurance policy while on locum tenens assignments, which can be a cost-saver.

Reward: Pride in being a doctor
The locum tenens option creates many opportunities to renew your career satisfaction: focusing more on patient care; alleviating caseloads for co-workers; and striking a better balance between life and work, thereby creating more freedom for quality time to spend with family and friends.

And with All Star Healthcare Solutions, you have an absolutely dedicated partner. We will be with you every step of the locum tenens journey, delivering our signature “Red Carpet” Service, so you have the time and energy to focus on the career elements you find most rewarding.

Call All Star Healthcare Solutions today at 800-928-0229, or contact us online.