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Pursuing locum tenens arrangement worth it?

Question:

Jennifer,
 
I have been offered a locum tenens position but not sure whether its worth pursuing.  Any thoughts on this?

Dr. U

Answer:

Depends.  Are you interested in the position?  Generally - I'm seeing plenty of doctors accepting locum tenens positions for a number of reasons, but the main I would cite is availability and the desire for flexibility in schedule.  Finding the right fit is always a challenge but I certainly would not advise turning your back on an opportunity just because it may not be a "traditional" model you anticipated working in.  As a main concern with locum tenens, you want to ensure that your professional liability insurance is in place to cover you at all times when rendering services.  Unlike a traditional employment model where your employer may be assisting you with obtaining coverage and/or paying for that coverage, in locum, you will likely be on your own.  Other concerns I have with locum tenens is that you have a clearly defined agreement detailing each party's expectations so that there are no surprises down the line.  Just how often are you anticipated to be providing services?  Where?  For how long?  What is your compensation?  As with all employment arrangements, the devil is in the details.  And, where you're working a non-traditional or temporary schedule, you do not have the luxury necessarily of routine or a set schedule.  Be sure to know what is expected of you and what you can expect from your employer.

 

For additional information on this topic, contact Jennifer Kirschenbaum at (516)-747-6700 ext. 302 or at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com.

 

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