Become a Locum

Locum Tenens Cardiology

By embracing the role of a locum tenens physician, you unlock a realm of freedom and flexibility. You have the autonomy to determine your own schedule, select the locations where you practice, and liberate yourself from financial concerns associated with running your own practice. 

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Understanding Locum Earning Potential

The average income for locum cardiologists who exclusively engage in independent locum practice stands at $360,843 annually, though this figure can fluctuate for a variety of reasons. It's important to note that this average pertains specifically to those who commit to locum work as their primary mode of practice, rather than individuals who undertake locum assignments sporadically alongside permanent positions. For locum tenens physicians, income potential often surpasses that of their permanently employed peers, but this advantage varies widely. Factors influencing income disparities include the individual's experience, chosen work schedule (whether part-time or full-time), the demand for their specialty in certain regions, and other pertinent considerations.

*This data represents an aggregation of salary statistics derived from four authoritative sources: the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ZipRecruiter,, and Indeed. Each source is recognized for its reliability and comprehensive coverage of employment data.

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Why Locum as a Cardiologist?

Flexibile Schedules

One of the biggest advantages of locum practice is the flexibility of your schedule. You choose when you want to work or not. Several cardiologists work a “one week on, one week off” model. Working 26 weeks every year while making full-time salary seems to be an attractive option from a work-life balance point of view.


When you choose to work locum tenens assignments as a cardiologist, many of the logistics of your job get taken care of by the locums agency you choose to work with. For example, you no longer have to worry about RVUs and billing is done by the practice. Consilium will handle your travel, accommodations, and malpractice insurance.

Try Before You Buy

Because locum placements are usually temporary or short-term, you have the freedom to explore a variety of practices, settings, and locations. Many of our seasoned cardiologists use locum tenens as a way to figure out where they’d like to retire. Physicians out of residency have chosen locum tenens as a way to determine their ideal work setting.

Stopgap Between Positions

For physicians who are in need of temporary work between permanent positions, locum tenens is a great substitute during your detour. Locuming allows you to keep working until the right opening comes along.

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Your First 5 Steps
Charting Your Course in Locum Tenens

Choosing to work independently as a cardiologist outside of a typical permanent placement can seem very daunting. Locum tenens staffing agencies exist to help you navigate the job market and streamline the process of starting dentistry assignments. Here are five steps to start a locum tenens career.

One of the primary considerations for cardiologists pursuing locum tenens opportunities is securing state licenses. The application processes and approval times can vary significantly, ranging from weeks to several months. To expedite the process, take advantage of the Medical License Compact, which simplifies licensing in certain states. Ensure you meet all state requirements to avoid unnecessary delays in your locums career.

Partnering with a reputable locum tenens agency can make all the difference in your locums journey. These agencies specialize in connecting cardiologists with exciting job opportunities, handling credentialing and paperwork, and sometimes covering state licensure costs.

Take your time to research different agencies. Consider factors like job types, supported states, specialties, and the agency’s rapport with its staff. Finding the right fit will set you on the path to a successful locums assignment.

Understanding your career goals and lifestyle preferences will help in choosing your ideal practice setting. Whether you prefer the charm of small rural clinics or the pace of high-volume facilities, communicating your preferences to the locum tenens agency is essential. Remaining open-minded to trying different settings can also enrich your professional experience.

Another detail to share with your locums recruiter is your preference of schedule. Are you looking for a full-time position or looking to take on extra work outside of your permanent job?

Once you’ve selected the perfect agency, it’s time to apply for locum positions. Prepare a comprehensive CV that highlights your qualifications, licenses, certifications, and references. During the application process, be ready to discuss your availability, compensation expectations, and preferred practice settings. A strong CV and help from locum tenens agencies increase your chances of getting the assignments you want.

Before you embark on your locums adventure, it’s essential to gather relevant information about the position and facility from your agency. Additionally, conduct your own research on the local culture, transportation options, and customs to ensure a seamless transition. Properly plan ahead and gather all necessary equipment and supplies, especially for remote assignments. By being well-prepared, you can make the most of your locum tenens career, enjoying rewarding experiences and flexibility.

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