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Jul 25, 2016
"To hold place of" is the Latin meaning of locum tenens, which is exactly what locums physicians do-- hold the space of someone else during a temporary absence or time of turnover.

Traveling physicians have been around since 1850, when physicians would travel across the North American frontier to access patients. Now locums physicians can travel both nationally and internationally on week or months-long assignments to serve temporarily in facilities that have open staffing needs. Many assignments are coordinated through staffing agencies that will assist physicians through credentialing and licensing processes, find housing and transportation to the new location, and provide many additional services as part of your contract.

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Oct 15, 2015
Resident [Any Field]
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