As a leading locum tenens company, MASC Medical has the experience, resources, and scale needed to efficiently match talented healthcare providers with great hospitals, medical practices and companies across the nation in a wide variety of practice settings.
Whether you’re a healthcare organization looking to explore locum tenens staffing or a healthcare provider looking for locum tenens jobs, MASC Medical is here to help.
The Rise of Locum Tenens
Did you know the U.S. was the first country to use locum tenens in the 1970’s?
Since then the rise of locum tenens has increased steadily from 26K physicians in 2002 to 48K in 2016, according to the Harvard Business Review. Factors such as a high demand for clinical services, physician shortages and mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have played a role in the increased demand.
So, who are locum tenens? According to a 2017 survey amongst 900 locum tenens, the survey identified the following insights into who they are:
- Three-quarters of physicians were identified as 51 years old or older
- 9/10 physicians had worked in permanent practice at some point during their careers
- 8% of physicians indicated they’ve only worked as locum tenens
- 65% of physicians have been practicing for approximately 21 years
- Approximately half of the physicians surveyed indicated they started working as locum tenens during the middle of their careers
- 36% of physicians took on locum tenens assignments after retiring from permanent practice
- The most common factors that influence which locum tenens assignments to take include location (89%), pay rate (67%), length of assignment (60%) and patient load (38%)
Why Explore Locum Tenens
With the ongoing physician shortage, healthcare organizations are now partnering with physician recruiting firms to explore locum tenens as an option to overcome medical staffing challenges. Hiring a locum physician can benefit your organization as they can help fill immediate vacant positions, assist during unexpected or “high peak” seasons (i.e. COVID-19), improve patient care – all while working under short or long-term contracts.
On the other hand, as a locum tenens physician, locum tenens physician assistant or locum tenens nurse practitioner you’ll benefit from:
- A flexible schedule
- Short or long-term physician jobs
- Travel opportunities
- Clinical experience (various locations and healthcare organizations)
- Good pay
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Locum Tenens FAQs
Interested in locum tenens but have questions?
Check out our FAQs to help you better understand if locum tenens staffing and/or locum tenens work is right for you.
What is locum tenens?
The term “locum tenens” means “to hold the place, to substitute for” in Latin. In other words, locum physicians fill in (or substitute) for other physicians on a short or long-term basis.
How long are locum tenens assignments?
Locum tenens have the flexibility to choose the length of their assignments. Assignments can range from one shift, to several months to years – depending on the needs of the healthcare organization.
What are the top 5 medical specialties for locum tenens?
The top 5 medical specialties for locum tenens are Primary Care, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, and Neurology.
Are locum physicians considered 1099 employees?
Yes, locum physicians are 1099 independent contractors.
How do locum physicians get paid?
Locum tenens get paid by the agency who facilitated their assignment. In this case, if MASC Medical helps you find a locum assignment, they pay you, not the healthcare organization. Typically, locum physicians have a higher per hourly rate when compared to regular full-time physicians.
Can I book locum tenens assignments as a medical resident and/or while completing a fellowship?
It depends. If you are a medical resident, most healthcare organizations book locum physicians that are within their last 6 months of residency. Medical specialty also plays a role in that decision. Physicians completing their fellowship might be eligible for locum work if they have been doing clinical work within a particular medical specialty. This can change so make sure to discuss with your locum tenens agency for more information.
How does travel and housing work for locum tenens on assignment?
If you decide to accept a locum tenens assignment, the agency who helped facilitated this job for you will also cover the cost of travel and housing while you’re on assignment.
Is there a limit as to how many locum tenens a healthcare organization can hire?
No, there is no limit. Healthcare organizations can hire as many locum tenens needed.
What is the process to hire a locum tenens provider?
Healthcare organizations looking to hire locum tenens should work closely with a locum tenens company such as MASC Medical. The process to hire a locum tenens provider is simple – first, MASC Medical will meet with the healthcare organization to identify their need and discuss terms. We will then commence the search, conduct interviews, identify the best locum tenens candidates, and begin the credentialing process. For more on our locum tenens process, contact us.