Locum Leaders Survey: Full-Time Hospitalists Filling Locum Tenens Roles

Hospital medicine staffing needs filled by salaried and temporary physicians

Oct 03, 2011, 06:18 ET from Locum Leaders

ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 03, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national survey of Hospitalists shows one in ten working as locum tenens and doing so, for the most part, in addition to full-time employment.

The findings come from a first-ever survey of Hospitalists regarding their locum tenens work patterns. The survey was conducted for Locum Leaders, a national locum tenens company specializing in Hospital Medicine, in conjunction with Today's Hospitalist magazine.

10% of survey respondents said they had worked as locum tenens (a Latin term describing temporary, contracted health care providers) in the past 12 months. Of those Hospitalist locum tenens, 82% said they were employed full-time and also working as a locum. 11% said they were self-employed--working exclusively as a locum tenens hospitalist, while 7% said they were employed part-time and also working locum tenens assignments.

It is common for locum tenens physicians to be drawn from the ranks of salaried doctors. But employed hospitalists, even more than other specialists, may be more inclined to take on locum work, according to Robert Harrington, MD, SFHM, Chief Medical Officer of Locum Leaders.

"Hospital Medicine shift patterns are the biggest reason," said Dr. Harrington. "Since most hospitalist programs rely on a 7-on, 7-off schedule, you end up with a large population of doctors who have a lot of time-off. They want to use that time productively and so they come to agencies, like Locum Leaders, for additional work."

Age and financial goals may also play a role, according to Dr. Harrington. As a relatively new specialty, Hospital Medicine skews toward younger practitioners. Because younger doctors have a larger student debt burden, they are more likely to seek supplemental income sources.

Hospital Medicine is the nation's fastest growing medical specialty and Hospitalists are the number one locum tenens hiring need at U.S. hospitals. Complete survey results are available online at www.locumleaders.com or by emailing survey@locumleaders.com.

About Locum Leaders

Locum Leaders is a leading locum tenens recruitment firm specializing in hospitalist jobs and other physician employment opportunities. The company places qualified physicians and CRNAs in temporary jobs at healthcare facilities nationwide. For more information and to find locum tenens jobs, visit the company's website at http://www.locumleaders.com, email info@locumleaders.com or call 877-562-8656 (877-LocumJobs).

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SOURCE Locum Leaders