October 11, 2017
A large part of the reason “TheChefDoc" was created was due to the fact that I was able to do nontraditional work as a physician. By doing that, it afforded me to create this creative passion project of mine.
Locum tenens, or “to hold a place,” started in the late 1970’s. I did not know about this hidden gem until my last year of medical residency. I was already horrified by all the stories from being employed by group practices and hospital systems. In addition, building your own solo practice proved to be nearly impossible. Locum tenens or traveling doctor, allowed me to travel across the country and observe and work in diverse medical practices.
How do you know what you like or how you want to practice medicine without trying some jobs out?
The greatest gift you can give is the gift of an opportunity. I do my best to spread the message of this hidden gem so our young soon-to-be physicians of the future can practice in an environment that they would not have otherwise considered. Locums allows you to work as much as you want and practice in all 50 states of the US as well as international work. Pay is competitive and most locums companies cover housing, travel, transportation, and malpractice. But the best benefit? Freedom and autonomy as a provider. Don’t believe me? Give it a try and drop me a line.
Learn more about locums tenens.
Click below for my recent interviews from this year about locums tenens from publications such as The DO Magazine, MedPageToday and Statnews:
For Colin Zhu, DO, the decision to practice locum tenens was an opportunity to help more patients. After graduating from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic School and subsequently training in family practice in New Jersey and Connecticut, the 33-year-old opted to work throughout the country instead of settling down in one spot.