FAQ

Locum Tenens Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need my own malpractice insurance?

Yes - all locums are required to carry malpractice insurance.

Can my family accompany me on a temporary relocation?

Absolutely! One of the main benefits of a locum tenens contract is that it allows you and your family to experience a new community, before deciding to enter into a full time position or permanent practice. With that said, we encourage you to closely consider the details of a particular contract (and check with the client) before making family travel arrangements.

Can I moonlight during an associateship?

Depending on the conditions of your contract, it is possible to moonlight while simultaneously working as a locum (and make more than a little extra cash doing so!).

How will I be compensated?

As a locum, you’re an independent contractor (i.e. your own boss); this gives you the freedom to negotiate your salary. With that said, competitive compensation is typically based on hourly, daily and gross billing terms, as well as industry standards.

How will I be compensated?

As a locum, you’re an independent contractor (i.e. your own boss); this gives you the freedom to negotiate your salary. With that said, competitive compensation is typically based on hourly, daily and gross billing terms, as well as industry standards.

How much control do I have over the location of my locum tenens assignments?

As much as you’d like! Of course, the more flexible you are about location, the more opportunities you’ll be able to choose from - but many locums do choose to work exclusively in one area.

I’ve recently retired from active practice. Is becoming a locum a good option for me?

Most healthcare providers still enjoy practicing their specialty, even after retiring. Becoming a locum lets you continue to do what you love, while giving you the freedom of being in total control of your schedule, as well as when and where you want to practice.

I’m ready to get started! How can I start finding jobs?

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How much does it cost to hire a locum tenens health care specialist?

Costs can vary based on specialty, your practice’s requirements, length of contract and industry standards.

What does the term “locum tenens” mean?

“Locum tenens” is a Latin term meaning “to hold a place.” While it can refer to a healthcare specialist filling a temporary position, today its meaning has expanded to include providers who fill any staffing gaps - including seasonal coverage or filling a vacancy until a permanent employee is hired.

How long do locum tenens contracts and assignments last?

Contracts and assignments can be as short as just a few days - or as long as a year or more - depending on the agreement between the facility and the locum provider. The specialty of the locum being contracted, can also play a big role in the average length of assignment.

Who pays for housing and other expenses?

Depending on the particular contract, either the locum provider or the client may be required to pay for housing and other expenses (or you may decide to split the costs). In other words, housing and miscellaneous costs (e.g. travel expenses) are negotiated on a contract-by-contract basis.

What if my questions haven’t been fully answered?

Please email us at info@locums4you.com with any questions at all, no matter what the issue is. We’d love to hear from you!