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    Women locum tenens physicians carve out their own niche

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    Key iconKey Points

    • Young, single women physicians more likely to accept temporary contracts.
    • Many women prefer solo or group private practices over large, acute care facilities.
    • Pay for women based on services, not gender.

    LOCUM TENENS PAYS

    While there may be some distinct differences between the sexes on many topics, there is little disagreement about the fact that locum tenens is equally viable for both men and women. Their reasoning for choosing this lifestyle may vary, but once on the job, there seems to be little disparity, including pay rates.

    Although research indicates that, as a whole, female physicians receive only 58% of the pay that males earn, those interviewed say locum tenens earning potential is not based on gender. Rather, it is calculated according to specialty, experience, local needs, and acuity. States Mrs. Cadenhead, "Our rate is always based on the job requirements and not on whether a man or woman will be providing services."

    "Pay seems to vary by the acuity of needs or type of facility," adds Dr. Campbell. "For example, it has been my experience that commercial contracts pay more than governmental ones."

    Ultimately, the key to making this career alternative pay off is to remain flexible. "The freedom of locum tenens allows individuals the privilege of making their professional demands fit their personal needs," concludes Mrs. Cadenhead. "And for women in particular, this is a way to garner satisfaction from both."

    REFERENCES

    American Medical Association (AMA). (2006, Feb. 7). American Medical Association, Women Physicians Congress. Table 1 – Physicians by Gender (Excludes Students). Retrieved January 14, 2008, from http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/12912.html

    AMA. (2006, Feb. 7). American Medical Association, Women Physicians Congress. Table 2 – Women Medical School Applicants. Retrieved January 14, 2008, from http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/12912.html

    AMA. (2006, Feb. 7). American Medical Association, Women Physicians Congress. Table 5 – Women Physicians by Specialties. Retrieved January 14, 2008, from http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/12916.html

    AMA. (2006, Feb. 7). American Medical Association, Women Physicians Congress. Table 7 – Women Physicians by Age. Retrieved January 14, 2008, from http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/12918.html

    Lorenz, K. (2007, Sept. 24). http://Careerbuilder.com/. Equal pay for women? Not til 2050. Retrieved January 14, 2008, from http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/careerbytes/CBArticle.aspx?articleID=709&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=f4380ecc3c104e82b57c279524366fba-254319596-W8-2/

    NEJM Career Center. (2005, April). The New England Journal of Medicine, Career Resources for Physicians. Women in medicine force change in workforce dynamics. Retrieved January 14, 2008, from http://www.nejmjobs.org/career-resources/women-in-medicine.aspx/








    Women's movement

    Female physicians have made great strides.

    • In 2004, more than one in four physicians was female.
    • By 2010, industry experts expect that nearly 40% of all doctors will be women.
    • Half of all enrollments in medical school in 2004 were women, and 47% of graduates were female.
    • Twenty-four medical specialties boast 1,000 or more women physicians.








    Locum tenens for the ladies

    Women choose locum tenens for a variety of reasons:

    • Supplement income
    • Explore locations, settings, and practice options
    • Have the flexibility and freedom to strike a balance between professional and personal lives
    • Practice medicine without the burden of additional administrative duties

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