What is a Locum Tenens Physician?

A locum tenens physician is a physician who provides temporary services within a healthcare delivery system.  Locum tenens physicians contract with Onyx M.D. to assist in providing temporary physician services for a specified amount of time.  Physicians are compensated directly by Onyx M.D.  Additionally, while on assignment, locum tenens physicians and CRNAs receive paid medical malpractice liability insurance, as well as pre-paid travel, lodging, and transportation.  Onyx M.D. locum tenens providers are independent (1099) contractors, not employees of Onyx M.D.  Locum tenens can also be used as a means to vet a permanent opportunity. 


Why do physicians choose to do locum tenens?

The freedom and flexibility of a locum tenens assignment makes it an attractive option to many physicians.  Whether you are just completing your training or have been in practice for many years, contracting as a locums provides the opportunity to experience a variety of different practice settings.  For the new physician, we recommend locums as a way to learn more about your career options before settling into a permanent opportunity.  For the seasoned physician, the change of pace and lifestyle will help strengthen your skills and expose you to new challenges and opportunities that may differ from those to which you are accustomed.  For all practitioners, the excitement of travel and the opportunity to visit different parts of the country makes locums assignments seem more like a working holiday than another day of traditional practice.


What if I want to work in Colorado but I have a Pennsylvania medical license?

With the exception of Federal facilities such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD), an active medical license in the state in which you intend to practice is required.  At Onyx M.D., our goal is to help you achieve your goals.  Our credentialing department will work closely with you to assist with the license application process and is very effective at reducing your time and energy on the dreaded paperwork requirements.  So, if you would like to work in Colorado but have only obtained licensure in Pennsylvania, call Onyx M.D. We look forward to assisting and guiding you


It is crucial to both Providers and Clients that they work with a reputable firm. Onyx M.D. has a reputation for providing reliable facilities with reliable practitioners. When considering a locum tenens agency, here are a few questions you should ask:


  1. Who owns and operates the company?

    Onyx M.D. is a unique physician staffing firm in that we are a physician-owned company. While that means you may not always be able to read our handwriting, it does mean that we understand what it means to be a physician. Our leadership not only places physicians, they work with patients. There are certain things about an occupation that must be experienced. Since Onyx M.D. was founded by a physician, our staff knows, in depth, the nuances of each specialty we place.

  2. Is the agency a member of the National Association of Locum Tenens Organization (NALTO) and the National Association of Physician Recruiters (NAPR)?

    NALTO is the industry association that determines ethical business practices within the locum tenens industry. As a member, Onyx M.D. strictly adheres to their standards and regularly attends their meetings to stay informed on new issues and policies. Similarly, the NAPR maintains ethical guidelines for agencies involved in the permanent recruitment of physicians.

  3. Does the agency provide malpractice insurance for the physicians they place?

    All locum physicians that contract with Onyx M.D. receive coverage appropriate to the state in which they practice. For more details, please contact an Onyx M.D. consultant. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  4. What is the agency's payment history?

    All Onyx M.D. independent contracted physicians are compensated for services on a bi-weekly basis or 26 times a year. Physicians that work with Onyx M.D. are independent contractors and as such receive a 1099-MISC statement at the end of the year from Onyx M.D. for payments rendered for services.  Physicians that work with Onyx M.D. are independent contractors and as such receive a 1099 tax statement at the end of the year from Onyx M.D. for services rendered. An independent contractor provides services to a company, but is not an employee of that company. All Onyx M.D. locum tenens providers are considered independent contractors.

  5. Does the agency handle all the details?

    The Onyx M.D. travel department handles all of your travel needs while on the road. Our consultants will work closely with you to make sure that your air travel, accommodations, car rental and any other necessary arrangements meet your standards.

  6. How do I become a locum tenens Provider?

    Becoming a locum tenens provider with Onyx M.D. is easy! Simply click here to fill out our online registration form and an Onyx M.D. recruiter consultant will contact you.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to call us at 877-366-9963