Survey: Number of Locum Tenens Hospitalists on the Rise

For the second year in a row, hospital medicine remains the most requested locum tenens need for hospitals, and many hospitalists are serving in that capacity, according to a recent survey by Locum Leaders.

In the past 12 months, 11.6 percent of hospitalists in the U.S. have worked as locum tenens, an increase from 10 percent last year, according to the survey. Of the hospitalists who worked as locum tenens, 14.5 percent reported they are full-time locum tenens, or self-employed. This is up from 10.8 percent last year.

The top two benefits of working as a locum tenens were compensation and freedom to choose where and when to work, according to the survey.

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