Medical Specialities

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What type of doctor usually fills locum shifts?

In our experience we have found that there are generally 3 types of doctor who pick up locum shifts:

1.

A lot of doctors pick up locum work outside of their part time / full time job, (i.e over a weekend, they may be based in a metropolitan city and complete a locum at a regional centre a short drive or flight away). A doctor may also use their annual leave to pick up some extra locum work.

2.

Doctors take time out of full time work (usually 6-24 months) this may be due to wanting more freedom / flexibility, additional study time, research, to focus on getting onto training programs or just to take stock and try out some different specialities and see which direction they’d like to go in their careers.

3.

Doctors are full time locums, these doctors have reached a point in their careers where they are very happy to pick and choose when they want to work and enjoy the flexibility and financial reward that doing locum work brings.

Commonly asked questions about locum work

I am a PGY3 doctor, will I be left unsupervised in the department by myself?

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I am looking to get more experiece in theatre in my surgical locum, will I have to operate independenty?

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Will travel and accomodation be included in my locum?

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