What is locum tenens?

Short-term jobs that go a long way to making a lasting difference.

In Latin, locum tenens means, “to hold the place of.” What it means to the doctors, NPs, and PAs who practice this way, and the patients who count on them, is beyond measure.

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A growing industry loaded with great opportunities.

Supporting facilities, hospitals, and clinics nationwide, locums doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants step in and cover shifts as short as one day and up to a year for absences caused by vacations, vacancies, and seasonal outbreaks. Since its creation in 1979 by CompHealth, locum tenens has gained popularity from providers and appreciation from hiring managers, taking its place as an important component of healthcare today.

The numbers speak for themselves.

Locums physicians work in all 50 states and cover over 75 specialties

More than 40,000 physicians work locum assignments annually

94% of U.S. healthcare facilities use locum tenens each year

It’s a $3.4 billion (2016) healthcare industry and growing

Sources: 2017 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends; Staffing Industry Analysts


From point A to the point of care.

CompHealth locums doctors, NPs, and PAs positively impact the lives of patients across the country. Make a selection below to see the scope of our efforts.

  • Locums jobs currently open.
    2,143
  • Number working locums in 2016.
    8,564
  • Patient impact from locums last year.
    7,483,555