Searching for a locum tenens position is a big move in your life, and there are many things you should consider while looking for a contract, from housing to compensation to malpractice insurance. Below are some essential questions to ask of a locum tenens agency.
First, you need to figure out what your goals are for this position in order to convey that to the locums company. Are you taking this job to be able to travel to a new location? Are you hoping to work fewer hours in this role? Do you want a shorter- or longer-term job? Articulating what you need and want from this job will help the agency find the best match for you.
During interviews with the practice site or facility, you can ask other providers what the scope of their practice is. Providers may have different responsibilities and administrative tasks at various facilities; therefore, it is important to get a sense of what your day-to-day will seem.
All contracts should offer providers a 30-day period to back out of the contract if something isn’t working out. On the contrary, if you find that you love the job and the environment, there could be the potential for a permanent position.
The start date depends on a variety of factors, such as licensing and institutional hiring practices. However, it is possible to get a provider started more quickly if they are flexible regarding the location and type of work.
Depending on your location, housing can vary significantly. Do you want to live in the suburbs or a downtown area? If you are going to be in a more rural area, you may have limited options for housing. Additionally, you will need to consider other family members or pets coming with you and how much space you want.