Not only is medical school incredibly challenging, it’s extremely expensive. Most med students look forward to earning some money so they can start paying back the mountain of education debt.
Most residents and fellows aren’t aware there’s more money to be had.
You can start working locum tenens assignments as soon as you’ve finished residency. You can even take an additional job or pick up extra shifts at healthcare facilities in your area or across the country during your fellowship. Locum tenens is a great way to pick up experience and extra income early in your career.
As a radiation oncologist in Alaska, Dr. Larry Daugherty hires locum tenens to cover for him when he takes time off to pursue his interest outside of work. But he was first introduced to the idea of these temporary assignments as a resident.
“Locums not only helped me make ends meet as a resident and help me pay off some bills, but with hindsight became extremely valuable because I was able to see the diversity of different practices, what I liked, what I didn’t like,” he says. “As a resident you kind of become biased, you really only see one or maybe two different types of practices.”
Thanks to locum tenens, before he took his first permanent position he had already:
If you’re still not sure of the benefits of working locum tenens as a resident or fellow, check out 6 Reasons Residents and Fellows Should Consider Locum Tenens.
Giving locum tenens a try is easy. Here’s all you need to know.