Friday, May 18, 2007

Locum Tenens

What is Locum Tenens? It is an employment arrangement where a physician contracts usually through a third party to cover for physicians in their specialty. These are temporary arrangements usually because the "regular" physician wants to go to a conference or on vacation and is not part of a group. Most locum tenens positions are made available through intermediary agencies, and pay will vary with the agency and your ability to negotiate with them. One such company,, states the following about pay rates:

"It depends on your medical specialty and the job description. Most
locum tenens companies pay the physician as an independent contractor
on a per diem basis. Some contracts are based on an hourly scale,
overtime and on-call time are paid at time and a half after a 40-hour
workweek. Here's some examples of pay scales by specialty:

SPECIALTY INCOME (per 8-hour day)

CRNA $720 to $880
Family Practice $400 to $450
Internal Medicine $400 to $450
Pediatrics $400 to $430
OB/GYN $600 to $800
Hospitalist $520 to $760
General Surgeon $650 to $750
Orthopedic Surgeon $800 to $900
Neurosurgeon $1,300 to $1,400
Anesthesiologist $1,000 to $1,500
Psychiatrist $500 to $600
Radiologist $1,200 to $1,500
Cardiologist $600 to $750


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if you are a "mid-career" physician in transition, locum tenens can provide a reliable income stream while you are searching for just the right practice opportunity.Full-time active duty military physicians use built up leave time to do off-duty locum work to generate extra income. There are a wide variety of positions available across the country varying in duration, so you can choose when and where you work.

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