By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor Aug 16, 2021
Whether you are a physician with years of experience behind you
or a newly-minted resident in the midst of launching your career, chances are
there is a locum tenens assignment for you. In
fact, there are hundreds of these temporary opportunities available for physicians
and advanced practitioners across the country.
But how does one transition to locum tenens?
At Staff Care, we are here
to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible to start
working locum tenens assignments.
Making this type of career move can be an exciting and rewarding
time—especially since locum tenens work provides the flexibility, benefits, and
personal and professional satisfaction that many of today’s clinicians are
choosing locums work
are countless advantages for those who transition to locum tenens. In addition
to flexible work options, career growth, travel opportunities, excellent
compensation and the satisfaction that comes from knowing patients truly need your
skills, locum candidates can enjoy many additional perks. New physicians can
even use locum assignments to explore a variety of workplace settings and
locations, to help them determine where they might like to practice long-term.
When you partner with a full-service locum tenens agency like
Staff Care, you get access to benefits far beyond
just placement assistance. Your agency team will assist with state licensure
and credentialing, as well as free housing, travel reimbursements, professional
liability insurance and clinical support.
If you are seeking work in a state that happens to have a long licensing period
and does not participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, your
recruiter can often find work in states where you are currently licensed and
then help get you to your preferred location when your new license is issued.
Staff Care can even pay your licensing fees
How to start
working locum tenens
The first step to transition to locum tenens is to choose a
reputable locum staffing agency that has a wide variety of assignments and a
diverse network of client hospitals, clinics and practices. You’ll want to do
your research and make sure the firm you choose also has comprehensive benefits.
Then, you can start talking with locum tenens recruiters to find one who feels
like a good fit for you.
(Interested in working with Staff Care? Call 877-369-8576 or
fill out our quick contact form.)
Once you start working with a recruiter, he or she will talk to
you about your goals, answer any questions about locum tenens work, and help
put together your candidate profile to submit to the locum jobs that you
choose. Your recruiter will also set up phone interviews and submit important
After an offer is made and accepted,
your recruiter and licensing team will coordinate licensing and credentialing
on your behalf. Locum practitioners are compensated as independent
contractor(s), and your locum tenens agency should reimburse additional travel
fees and expenses.
If you currently have a solo medical practice or partnership and
are ready to retire and take on some locum tenens work, there are several steps involved in closing
your practice, such as consulting your malpractice insurance
carrier, notifying your patients, transitioning medical records and more.
locum job flexibility and variety
One of the biggest perks of locum tenens is the amount of
flexibility and variety this career offers. You can tailor contracts and
assignments to meet the needs of you and your family. Locum work can be for a few
weeks or months, or they can be a long-term situation. Some practitioners will
work a locum shift each week on an ongoing basis, while others will work
full-time locum assignments back to back, or with several weeks in between to
enjoy more time off.
Each assignment is different. For example, a major hospital may
need an internist to cover a staff member’s vacation for three or four weeks,
or a private practice may be looking for a clinician to work for six months or
more while they search for a permanent replacement. There are also part-time locum
tenens jobs you can work in addition to your current job, known as “medical moonlighting.”
If you know what type of locum tenens assignments you prefer,
let your recruiter know early in the process. But try to keep an open mind and
be willing to consider different work environments and locations, because the
more flexible and adaptable you are, the more assignment possibilities you’ll
Plus, you never know when a new locum destination or job might
surprise you—in the best possible way.
6 Tips for Working with a Locum
a transition to locum tenens sound appealing? If so, you can connect with a placement specialist
at Staff Care. Our knowledgeable team is available to answer questions and
guide you through the process.
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