South Dakota Locum Tenens: The ‘Must See’ List

Famous for its expansive prairies, dramatic forests, national parks and historical landmarks, South Dakota offers a variety of things to do for visitors and residents alike. 

South Dakota locum tenens providers will find a robust network of hospitals and health systems to practice at as well as a plethora of places to go and things to do while working in the state.

5 Top Things to See and Do in South Dakota

  1. A feature on South Dakota wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the star attraction, Mount Rushmore. The intricate carvings for this historical national monument first began in 1927 but it wasn’t completed until 1941. The impressive site features four of our revered U.S. presidents and is a sight that will leave you awestruck.
  2. This state is home to several prominent national and state parks, and if you take a South Dakota locum tenens assignment, you’ll find there is plenty to explore when you aren’t practicing medicine. Badlands National Park and Custer State Park are two standouts that definitely deserve a visit. At Custer, you have the chance to get up close and personal to a large herd of bison that call the grounds home. And at Badlands, you can spend days exploring the rolling hills and steep pinnacles made from the erosion of clay and sand over thousands and thousands of years.
  3. History buffs will also find that South Dakota has plenty to offer. From The Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls to the National Music Museum and Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, there are several prominent museums here. Don’t forget to make a stop at the Indian Museum of North America, where you can also visit the Crazy Horse Memorial.
  4. The state is rich with natural wonder and activities for outdoor enthusiasts. South Dakota locum tenens can spend their free time enjoying waterfalls at Spearfish Canyon (where you can also find the geographical center of the United States just north of here) or taking a park ranger-guided tour of the Wind Cave National Park -- home to one of the country’s largest and most intricate cave systems.
  5. If you’re eager to go back in time to the Wild, Wild West and gold rush era, then a visit to the town of Deadwood is a must. The historic Main Street feels like an authentic journey back in time with quaint shops and restaurants, and there are also several tourist attractions and historical spots to visit. In addition to the “old-timey” bars and saloons, there are also modern amenities including a resort, spa and casino.

South Dakota and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

If you are ready to work locum jobs in South Dakota, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) can make it easier. The compact streamlines the process for obtaining a medical license in 29 U.S. states if you already hold your primary license in one of the participating states.  

For example, if you already hold a license in Arizona or Tennessee, you can easily obtain a license to practice in South Dakota. In fact, according to the IMLC Commission, the average wait time for a license is 19 days. By removing barriers and roadblocks, qualified healthcare professionals can now easily move across borders and improve access to care for the many patients who need it the most.

Specialties in demand

 South Dakota locum tenens jobs can be found in many medical specialties, including the following, which generally have the highest demand for providers throughout the state:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Urology
  • Pulmonary critical care

  • Providers in these specialties and others can contact Staff Care to learn more about the opportunities available.

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