Health Law Highlights

Why Physicians Are Ditching Their 9-5

Summary of article from D Magazine, by Will Maddox:

A recent survey by AMN Healthcare reveals that nearly half of physicians and advanced practice providers find locum tenens work more satisfying than full-time roles, citing improved schedules and burnout avoidance as key reasons. Locum tenens, a form of temporary healthcare staffing, has witnessed significant growth, with the number of physicians in these roles doubling since 2002. The survey found that 47% of respondents preferred locum tenens to permanent positions, but 45% would opt for a permanent role under the right conditions. Younger physicians seeking flexibility are increasingly moving towards locum tenens, with 81% starting in these roles right after graduation or mid-career. The roles are also diversifying, with a notable increase in Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants filling locum tenens positions.