the demand for physicians and surgeons would grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020.1 And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that America will face a shortage of more than 90,000 doctors by 2020.
It’s no secret that the demand for healthcare is growing faster than the supply of physicians. In the next few years, the demand for healthcare will outgrow the number of physicians available to provide it by almost 5 to 1. In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that
Be Part of the Solution
The most immediate and cost-effective solution to this shortage is the use of locum tenens healthcare professionals. Thousands of qualified professionals like you are becoming part of the answer across the country. Locum tenens professionals who work through CompHealth impact the lives of nearly six million patients annually.
The locum tenens industry is growing. It offers the best of both worlds—a flexible, customized schedule and the ability to continue providing valuable patient care. You can work a schedule that fits your needs and lifestyle while providing a much-needed service to society.
According to the BLS, job prospects are particularly good for physicians willing to practice in rural and low-income areas and for those in specialties dealing with health issues affecting patients over 60 years of age.
This is your opportunity to be part of the solution. Consider taking a short assignment to discover the rewards of meeting new patients and providing them with needed care.
Meet Temporary Needs
What kinds of needs will you fulfill as a locum tenens professional? You will provide facilities with the ability to fill many types of staffing gaps, allowing them to continue uninterrupted patient care without the need to hire additional full-time healthcare providers. For example, you will be needed
- When patient count increases, such as during seasonal outbreaks of influenza
- When demand for a specific procedure increases
- While facilities take time to find the right permanent candidate
- If catastrophes such as earthquakes or hurricanes strike
Facilities also frequently request locum tenens coverage for doctors who are completing CME requirements, on vacation, away due to extended illness, taking family leave, or serving on military deployment.
Stay in the Workforce Longer, but on Your Terms
If you are nearing retirement, locum tenens assignments let you combine working with a flexible schedule that allows you time for travel and other interests you want to pursue at this stage in life. By remaining in the workforce longer than you otherwise would, you make it possible for patients and facilities to continue benefitting from your medical experience. We make every effort to see that your experience is as rewarding as possible.
Talk to a CompHealth recruiter today by calling 866.418.6976 and begin enjoying the
benefits of working locum tenens.