Ready to take on a part-time or full-time position practicing medicine somewhere else?
Well, it’s called locum tenens work, and the jobs are out there. In fact, they are increasing daily and are ready for the taking.
A healthcare recruiting agency that specializes in placing doctors in locum tenens jobs can help you find your ideal facility and schedule. but first, you need to contact a locum medical group. Here are some ways to begin engaging with a healthcare recruiting agency.
List Your Preferences
Before a staffing consultant can place you in locum doctor jobs that fit your lifestyle, they’ll need to know exactly what you’re seeking in your new position. Take a look at these questions that will get you thinking about your locum tenens preferences.
- Is salary, location, or schedule the most important factor to me right now?
- When do I have availability, and how much am I willing to work?
- What is the baseline salary I will accept? What is my ideal salary?
- What is the main reason I want to become a locum tenens physician?
- What is my ideal patient population? Is it more important for me to practice medicine with a more diverse group, or to remain in a similar situation to where I am currently working?
- Am I looking to supplement my income, or potentially, to replace my permanent practice with locum tenens work?
Find a Qualified Agency
While you may be ready to jump into a new healthcare facility and start treating patients, it is vital that you have the necessary assistance to do so. Look for a healthcare recruiting agency that has a specialized locum tenens division which belongs to the National Association of Locum Tenens Organization (NALTO®) and follows its standards. Your agency of choice should be able to share their credentialing and hiring processes and any existing locum opportunities with you as well.
A qualified recruiting agency will not only set up a smooth transition from a permanent practice to locum, but will offer guidance and support should any issues arise. From negotiating your salary to deciphering complex credentialing paperwork, your agency and recruiter will advocate for you, even if you feel like your license is in jeopardy.
Start the Conversation
Now that you have a sense of what you want from locum tenens physician jobs, and have found a reputable staffing company to back you up, it’s time to start the conversation with a recruiter. Go ahead and reach out to a locum tenens recruiter. Be prepared to ask questions to determine whether it’s the right fit for you. Keep in mind that it’s common practice for an agency to ask for your CV and references up front, and you should feel comfortable asking for current references from the healthcare staffing agency as well. Still questioning whether a career in locum tenens is right for you? Read our Guide on How to Work in Locum Tenens Positions for a comprehensive list of benefits and tips to get you started.
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