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What Is a Locum Tenens Anesthesiologist and How to Become One

Locum Tenens Anesthesiologist

What Does a Locum Tenens Anesthesiologist Do?

As a locum tenens anesthesiologist, your job is to work as a temporary fill-in employee for a company that currently has a staffing shortage. Locum tenens jobs can last from several days to several months, and many people in this role work with an agency to schedule and maintain a steady amount of work. In this role, you may take on any assignment that a regular anesthesiologist would, including giving anesthesia and monitoring patients for the duration of surgery or any other procedure. Locum tenens anesthesiologists may be asked to work nights, weekends, or holidays as needed, so flexibility in your schedule is essential to this job.

How Can I Become a Locum Tenens Anesthesiologist?

The primary qualifications for becoming a locum tenens anesthesiologist are a master's degree or a doctorate in anesthesia and perioperative medicine and any necessary state licenses. Most employers prefer temporary employees who already have several years of experience, so anesthesiologists often spend some time in a single office before moving into this role. This job frequently requires moving between cities and states, so maintaining certification in multiple areas and being able to move whenever the job requires it is crucial to your success. Fulfilling the responsibilities and duties of a locum tenens anesthesiologist requires attention to detail, research skills, and the ability to coordinate care and act in time-sensitive environments.