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by Patrick C. Alguire, MD, FACP
Senior Vice President, Medical Education
Although not exactly a career alternative in itself, a locum
tenens is often an excellent way to begin a career in medicine.
Locum tenens is a Latin phrase that literally means "one who 'holds
the place,'" and refers to a physician who temporarily carries on
the practice of an absent colleague.
A locum tenens may be just the ticket to experience an urban,
rural, solo, small group, multispecialty group, or a
hospital-associated practice before actually beginning your career.
A locum tenens allows you the opportunity to experience "risk free"
the lifestyles associated with various geographic locations before
deciding upon your ultimate location.
Information on locum tenens opportunities is almost unlimited.
Typical resources include classified ads in professional journals,
medical magazines, the American Medical Association, and some state
medical societies. A quick search of the Internet uncovered dozens
of recruiting firms that provide national and local locum tenens
An important consideration when evaluating locum tenens
opportunities is the availability and extent of malpractice insurance. You many
find that locum tenens practices provided only basic claims-made
malpractice insurance without tail coverage. Of course, this would
be totally inadequate for a situation that is, by definition,
temporary. A malpractice tail must either be negotiated as part of
the locum tenens agreement or purchased separately.
Expect a locum tenens position to pay slightly more than a
comparable salaried position in a group practice. This is because
you will not be earning any benefits as a locum tenens
practitioner, and the salary for the position needs to be high
enough to attract qualified physicians.
In summary, a locum tenens may be most appropriate for
physicians who have not yet finalized their plans for further
specialty training or practice. It provides an ideal opportunity to
experience different types of practices in various parts of the
country without significant monetary investment. The salary is
generally very competitive, but benefits are often lacking and
arranging suitable malpractice insurance will be a priority