Many physicians choose to do locums – or temporary placements – in Ontario. Learn more about what a locum placement can offer you, how to get a placement, the requirements you need to have in place and how to make the experience a successful one.
A locum refers to a physician who assumes another physician’s clinical duties on a temporary basis.
For new physicians, these placements provide diverse clinical experiences in different locations. For established physicians, locums offer the opportunity to explore new ways of practising or to hone specific skills. Some physicians may use locums as the start of a shift towards retirement.
Placements may be as short as a few hours or as long as a year. They may occur in any geographic region in the province or in any practice specialty.
Locums are a valuable component of the physician workforce because they enable the community physician to take time off for travel, illness, maternity/paternity leave or professional development. They are also an important component of government retention programs.
|Ontario Physician Locum Programs|
The Ontario Physician Locum Programs (OPLP), part of HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency (HFO MRA), administers 3 locum programs in Ontario:
In addition to registering for the Ontario Physician Locum Programs (OPLP) and searching for OPLP locum positions on HFOJobs, you can find other locum placements outside of OPLP. Some are arranged between physicians and others are advertised publicly. Search for locum positions that are not part of OPLP on HFOJobs, as well. Define your search by geographic region, practice type, compensation type and/or other factors.
A Regional Advisor can assist you in finding a placement in the geographic region that you’d like to work and in applying for the locum position. Contact a Regional Advisor to begin your search.
To do a locum placement in Ontario, you must have the following four requirements in order:
If you would like to do a locum in any one of HFO MRA's three Ontario Physician Locum Programs (OPLP), please review the eligibility requirements for the applicable program.