Translated from Latin, locum tenens means, “to hold the place of.” What it means to the doctors, NPs, and PAs who practice medicine this way, and the patients who count on them, is life changing.
Traveling doctors, often heroes on the frontier, find getting to patients can be as difficult as treating them.
Locum tenens plays a critical role in the health of our communities. And whether you're a provider, a facility, or a patient, it'll likely play an even bigger role in your future. Why?
There’s a shortage of doctors in America at the same time there’s a growing demand for them. Locum tenens physicians will continue to fill in where they’re needed most.
All types of facilities need locum tenens providers to relieve physician burnout, maintain patient satisfaction, and stay fully staffed during busy times, or while searching for a permanent doctor.
Hear what administrators say about these factors:
Locum tenens helps more people see a provider and receive care, offsetting the physician shortage in underserved areas—especially rural communities, urban areas with health professional shortages (HPSAs), VA hospitals, and Indian Health Service facilities.
94% of healthcare facilities surveyed* reported using locum tenens physicians sometime during the last 12 months. This is up from 91% in 2014, and up from 74% in 2012.
If you’ve made it this far, chances are locums could be part of your story. The following links have the people and resources to answer any questions and help you take the next step.