We owe our nation’s freedom, safety and security to the brave men and women who serve in the United States armed forces—the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. They put their lives on the line and face unfathomable dangers when deployed. Ensuring their health and well-being at home is critical.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for the Department of Defense and serve one of the major branches of the military? As a locum tenens physician or advanced practitioner, you can! There are both short- and long-term locum tenens opportunities at military bases throughout the country, giving you an exciting opportunity to see different locations and serve appreciative, deserving patients.
Stay Up to Speed on Advanced Treatment and Medical Technology
Supporting troops on home soil as a locum tenens clinician can give you access to resources you might not have at smaller civilian facilities, and come with the chance to work with and learn from highly skilled professionals.
Many critical breakthroughs in healthcare have their origins in military medical settings. The treatment of injured troops, wartime research, infection control techniques and tools, and other military innovations have been catalysts for historical developments in medicine. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan prompted groundbreaking advances in medical technology and equipment, including the invention of the Golden hour blood container, transporting life-saving blood through extended evacuation times, and XStat, a pocket-sized medical sponge injector that can stop bleeding within 15 seconds.
The military has also played a critical role in advancing prosthetics, regenerative medicine, vaccine development and more.
How Different is Government Locum Tenens?
Government work extends beyond the military—including chances to help veterans, treat underserved populations and make strides in public health. We shared testimonials from government locum tenens clinicians and discussed some of the bonus perks of government work previously on our blog. For more information on the many places government locum tenens can take you, check out our latest resource: Give Back Through Government Locum Tenens.