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Finding Primary Care and General Practice Locum Tenens Physician Jobs

General Practice or Primary Care physicians are often the first line of defense for an ailing patient. We know how hard you work– let us help find the best fit for your background and preferences. Whether you are looking for clinic, hospital, or telemedicine primary care opportunities, Lucidity is here to help.

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Locum tenens is a Latin phrase that means “to hold the place” and is used to describe when a physician works temporarily in a hospital or other healthcare facility. Primary Care or General Practice locum tenens physicians allow healthcare facilities to cover another physician’s vacation/medical leave, account for increased patient demand, or fill a gap while they search for a new, permanent physician. In fact, some clinics and hospitals choose to staff more locum tenens physicians than permanent physicians, given their flexibility and ability to accommodate higher demand. The appropriate number and mix of locum tenens General Practice or Primary Care physicians allows healthcare organizations to provide quality healthcare to their patient populations, while offering locum tenens physicians more flexibility, extra income, the ability to travel, and exposure to new and evolving patient care environments.

Benefits Of Locum Tenens General Practice Work

General Practice and Primary Care are specialties that simply will never go away. Whether you are treating patients in a Family Medicine clinic, an urgent care, a geriatric or assisted living facility, or another unique healthcare facility, General Practice physicians are needed all over the country. This is one specialty area where we shine. Some of the main benefits to working as locum tenens General Practice physician include:

Flexibility.

While working as a locum tenens Primary Care physician, you have control over the jobs location, assignment length, and practice settings. There are a variety of locations and facilities available to Primary Care or General Practice physicians such as Family Medicine practices, assisted living facilities, hospitals, urgent care clinics, correctional facilities and physician groups. In addition, shifts are often pre-set with fixed working hours. You can expect the shifts to range from 8-12 hours, typically during normal business hours. As a locum tenens physician you will be able to negotiate the optimal shift schedule, allowing you to work around commitments outside of practicing medicine such as raising a family, caring for a loved one or working other full-time jobs.

Professional opportunities.

In the medical industry, establishing a strong relationship with your colleagues is an important part of providing patients with great care and bedside manner. Locum tenens assignments help you to build relationships with colleagues, expand your professional network, learn teamwork skills, and navigate hospital politics.

If you are a relatively new physician and new to locum tenens, this is the perfect time to gain invaluable experience in a short amount of time. Physicians in their mid to late careers can use locum tenens to work close to home or use it as a transitional step to opening a private medical practice or retiring.

 

Salary.

Salary rates are often comparable, if not higher than permanent physician positions due the high demand for covering a vacancy. The pay rates vary widely based on region, immediacy of demand, special skills wanted, board certification requirements, call requirements, and more, but average locum tenens Primary Care/General Practice rates are usually between $100-150 per hour.

Patient focused care.

Primary Care physicians excel in building an excellent relationship with their patients. While this can be a challenge in a short-term assignment, locum tenens physicians working General Practice assignments often don’t need to worry about chronic disorders or emergency situations as often as an emergency medicine or permanently staffed provider might. Working locum tenens General Practice jobs with Lucidity allows you to get right to what matters: helping your patient feel better.

Travel.

Locum tenens jobs allow for physicians to travel to new cities or countries and experience different healthcare systems and practices. Experienced General Practice physicians may transition into a full or part time position without the stress of managing a practice. Traveling also offers flexibility and freedom from daily routines.It’s the ultimate “try before you buy” career experience. Keep in mind that General Practice and Primary Care is one of the fastest growing areas for telemedicine, too (yes, this means you can work from anywhere!).

Location and facility type.

Location can be a huge deciding factor on the salary offered and how busy the facility will be. Rural areas tend to have a higher demand for locum tenens physicians compared to larger urban areas. This means that a smaller rural location may be willing to pay a higher rate when compared to a big city hospital where the competition for a locum tenens primary care physician job is more intense. Some locum tenens staffing agencies will offer a bonus to fill rural jobs for an extended period of time. On the other hand, you should expect locum tenens rates to be commensurate with the regional cost of living. When it comes down to it, we want you to be in an area and at a facility that fits you. We’ll guide you through the process and match you to what works best with your expertise and preferences.

Why work with a locum tenens staffing firm?

While it is possible to find locum tenens Primary Care or General Practice jobs on your own, working with a locum tenens staffing agency helps you to plan ahead. Staffing agencies offer access to many physician job postings in one place, and with Lucidity you can view your matches on-demand at any time. Locum tenens General Practice physicians are advised to plan their locum assignments about three months in advance. This is especially true when it comes to government healthcare jobs, as the credentialing timeline can last multiple months. 

Malpractice Coverage
It is common for the staffing agency to provide some form of malpractice coverage in the contract, however, details and coverage limits may vary. The hospital or facility has the option to provide your malpractice coverage, too, but the agency will provide it if they choose not to. Malpractice coverage is an important part of being a locum tenens physician and having an agency assist in navigating the requirements is helpful. It is important to know your obligations ahead of time as malpractice insurance can be a significant cost that may impact your decision on a particular locum tenens job.
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