Because many retired physicians aren't eager to return to the same schedules, demands and restrictions of their old job, another popular option is to become a locum tenens doctor. From the Latin for "to hold the place of," locum tenens doctors are those who substitute for others on an as-needed basis. You can get such a job through a staffing agency that will place you with the right health care facilities. You could be with one facility for anywhere from a day to a week to a month.
Flexibility is one of the major advantages of this type of job. For instance, part-time locum tenens work is easier to find and often suits the life of a retiree. You'll have some freedom to build your own schedule. Some things to consider, however, are that it might require traveling and working off-hours. Before joining a staffing agencies, check to see whether it pays for travel and accommodations.
Of course, this option will also require an active license, and, depending on where you practice and if you've been inactive for awhile, it may entail the re-entry process we discussed on the last page. In fact, depending on the travel, going into locum tenens work might even necessitate getting licensed in multiple states.