For the second year in a row, Consilium Staffing is inviting residents to try locum tenens as a way to start their careers in medicine, and is offering an incentive to help encourage these new physicians to give locums a shot. Consilium Staffing will award an iPad or Kindle to physicians who try locum tenens within a year of completion of a residency or fellowship program.
"There are so many incentives to work in a locums capacity, such as paid medical malpractice insurance, paid travel and lodging, assistance with licensure; I could go on and on," said Kyle Etter, Vice President at Consilium Staffing. "The iPad or Kindle is really just an additional benefit to encourage people to try locums. Unfortunately not enough residents are aware of locums and the tremendous benefits such a career move can offer."
In addition to the benefits touted by Etter, many new physicians have found the biggest benefit to be the opportunity to explore career options in different practice settings and different geographic locations before making any long-term commitments.
Etter added, "Many times new graduates start out thinking that locums will be a good way to ease into their field, but they end up enjoying the experience to such an extent that it becomes a way of life."
The physician shortage in the United States is well known, and has shown few signs of relief. With this shortage the need for locum tenens has increased, making a career as a locum tenens physician a more appealing and viable option. The American Medical News has suggested that 35,000 to 40,000 physicians work in a locum tenens position at any one time, though exact numbers are difficult to track because of the nature of the business. Such numbers create a snapshot of the need for physicians within the healthcare industry.
"The need for physicians is clearly there, but what physicians are discovering is that a career in locum tenens offers advantages that a traditional practice setting may not. Locum tenens positions give physicians more choices and allows them to focus on the practice of medicine as opposed to the business of medicine," said Etter.
Additional benefits of locum tenens include medical malpractice liability insurance, as well as possible financial assistance with licensing costs, two significant expenses to a new graduate who may be looking for a job independently. "From a financial perspective, locum tenens offers some great advantages, particularly to new doctors. Not only is the pay competitive, but by paying for malpractice insurance and assisting with licensing costs, we are able to alleviate some tremendous financial burdens. This allows new doctors to focus on the thing they spent years in training to do: practice medicine," added Etter.
To be eligible for the iPad/Kindle incentive, a physician must complete four weeks of locum tenens through Consilium Staffing within one year of graduation from a residency or fellowship program.
The term, "locum tenens" is a Latin phrase that means to "hold the place of." Consilium Staffing assists hospitals, primary care offices, urgent care centers, correctional institutions, and other healthcare facilities, when those facilities are under-staffed by partnering with physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or physician assistants who are able to provide coverage on a temporary or contract basis.