locum tenens

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lo·cum te·nens

 (lō′kəm′ tē′nĕnz′, tĕn′ənz)
n. pl. locum te·nen·tes (tə-nĕn′tēz)
A person, especially a physician or cleric, who substitutes temporarily for another.

[Medieval Latin locum tenēns : Latin locum, accusative of locus, place + Latin tenēns, present participle of tenēre, to hold.]

locum tenens

(ˈləʊkəm ˈtiːnɛnz)
n, pl locum tenentes (təˈnɛntiːz)
chiefly Brit a person who stands in temporarily for another member of the same profession, esp for a physician, chemist, or clergyman. Often shortened to: locum
[C17: Medieval Latin: (someone) holding the place (of another)]

lo•cum te•nens

(ˈloʊ kəm ˈti nɛnz, ˈtɛn ɪnz)

n., pl. locum te•nen•tes (təˈnɛn tiz)
a temporary substitute, esp. for a doctor or member of the clergy.
Also called, esp. Brit., locum.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin locum tenēns literally, (one) holding the place]
lo′cum-te′nen•cy, n.

locum tenens

A Latin phrase meaning place-holding, used to mean a person who acts as a temporary substitute for someone else, especially a physician.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.locum tenens - someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
backup man, fill-in, reliever, stand-in, backup, substitute, relief - someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
References in classic literature ?
He was reared in the family of my grandfather; served him for many years during their campaigns at the West, where he became attached to the woods; and he was left here as a kind of locum tenens on the lands that old Mohegan (whose life my grandfather once saved) induced the Delawares to grant to him when they admitted him as an honorary member of their tribe.
You must remember," said Summerlee, sourly, "that I have a large class in London who are at present at the mercy of an extremely inefficient locum tenens.
com)-- MedCentric Search Firm recently launched Shift Physicians, a wholly-owned MedCentric company, to staff Locum Tenens and meet growing customer demand.
Flexible schedules, short-term assignments, travel opportunities, and clinical experience at various locations are some of the reasons owing to which healthcare staff prefers to work as locum tenens or travel nurses.
Losack boasts of 60 short-term locum tenens jobs throughout his career.
Healthcare solution company AMN Healthcare Services Inc (NYSE:AMN) revealed on Tuesday the addition of Jeff Decker as president of its locum tenens division.
USE OF LOCUM TENENS physicians reached a new high in 2016, according to an annual survey by Staff Care, a health care staffing company.
The company will also continue to be aligned with locum tenens physician practice LocumConnections.
Primary care physicians (family physicians, internal medicine, and pediatricians) were the leading locum tenens choice by specialty, with 45% of health care facilities reporting their use in 2016.
Tenders are invited for locum tenens psychiatry services is a program that provides psychiatrists who are board eligible or board certified in psychiatry to provide inpatient, outpatient, on-call, call-back or any combination of inpatient and outpatient treatment to severely and persistently mentally ill adults that meet the amhd~s criteria.
One additional point that stood out from the survey is a preference for locum tenens positions.
A similar, though low-tech, practice in the medical profession known as locum tenens increases people's access to doctors and helps tamp down health care costs.