Locum tenens is a Latin phrase that means “one who holds the place” and refers to a physician who fills in for an absent colleague or serves as a solution to a recruitment need or increased volume at a facility. Locum tenens jobs can be in urban or rural settings and can be at small groups, solo practices, multispecialty groups, or at hospitals. They provide the opportunity to experience different geographic locations and lifestyles. (Perks, Challenges of Working Locum Tenens)

Locum tenens work is different from long-term employment and has certain guidelines and laws regarding contract status, agreements, taxes and payment.  Locum Tenens Daily has provided a directory of helpful locum tenens resources to help locum tenens physicians navigate through this ever-growing field of work.