What is Locum Tenens? Locum tenens is a Latin phrase that means “to hold the place of, to substitute for.” Simply, Locum Tenens is a practice of using temporary physicians to fill the care needs of a facility. For the facility, these staff can cover short or long-term vacancies or be used to try out a candidate to ensure there is a good fit. For the candidate, it provides a flexible schedule and a wide array of options for those who want to gain more experience in various clinical settings. Today, thousands of physicians are locum tenens and recognize the practice to help elevate their career to the next level. Our team can help practitioners get started or explain how locum tenens can help address your facility needs.