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The Oxford Dictionary defines “locum” as a person who stands in temporarily for another member of the same profession, especially for a physician, chemist, or member of the clergy.

By its very nature, a locum tenens assignment is temporary. This could entail very short periods (one to two weeks) or perhaps six to 12 months. At times it may be recurring and could be one to two years in length. The time period is dictated by the institution and, of course, by the locum physician.

There are multiple reasons why a physician would want to choose such a path. As Dr. Philip Morgan wrote in the British Medical Journal “Locum work is flexible and interesting. It gives the doctor the chance to see many aspects of medicine without the requirement of a long-term commitment early in a...

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