What Is Locum Tenens? [VIDEO]

Posted on: June 10, 2016

written by

Jess Huckins

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As physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, most of your time and energy likely go toward patient care, staying updated on rules and regulations, and trying to forge some semblance of work-life balance. As such, you may not be aware of all the career paths and job opportunities available to you.

Locum tenens is one of those top opportunities. If you're not sure what that is or how working locum roles might help your career, watch the video above for a simple explanation.


If you’re a physician, NP, PA, or dentist, you know how difficult a career in healthcare can be. Long hours, school loans, and high patient loads are just a fraction of what you have to deal with. As a result, many healthcare professionals look to locum tenens as an option for their next career move.

For those not fluent in Latin, “locum tenens” means “place holder.” In the medical world, it simply refers to providers who take on short-term jobs to fill gaps created by staffing shortages at hospitals, private practices, and companies.

Like the idea of spending the summer in San Francisco and the winter in Miami? Locum work might be a great fit. And don’t worry: Expenses such as airfare, lodging, and car rentals are typically covered.

That’s Where Barton Associates Comes In!

Working locum tenens with Barton means our team coordinates the process from start to finish. We find you the right jobs, complete applications on your behalf, track down references, and work with staffing managers to ensure everything is ready before you arrive. You just need to show up and provide great care!

Working locum jobs is often an attractive option for medical professionals like yourself. Think about it! When you’re engaged, rested, and well-paid, you’re able to provide better care, which benefits everyone — especially your patients.

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About Jess Huckins

Jess Huckins was formerly the managing editor at Barton Associates’ Peabody, MA, headquarters. She joined Barton after nearly a decade of professional editing in the publishing, marketing, and healthcare fields, and she holds a master's degree in publishing and writing. 

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