7 Tips for Landing Locum Tenens Assignments Everybody Wants

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When an ideal opportunity presents itself, are you in a position to seize it right away? Whether you work locum tenens full time, occasionally, or have yet to accept your first assignment, there are a few things you can do to ensure you are ready and able to accept the locum tenens jobs that top your wish list—and those of other clinicians.


    1. Communicate with your recruiter often. If your personal company representative knows your preferences, he or she can give you a heads-up when an assignment that matches them becomes available. What’s more, you could learn about opportunities of interest before they are posted on the company’s website and/or third-party job boards. Making sure your recruiter is aware of and recurrently updated on the practice settings and locations to which you are partial can give you a competitive edge.


  1. Become licensed in the state(s) you are interested in. Perhaps you have wondered what it would be like to live and work in the Sunshine State. Or, maybe an assignment at a large facility in the Greater Boston metro area appeals to you. If you are already licensed in a state when a golden opportunity arises there, you’re in a prime position to accept the contract and be placed quickly—a not-so-minor detail that will be very attractive to your recruiter and the health system, facility, practice, or clinic.

Note: If your state of residence is an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) member state, this can streamline the process for practicing at a healthcare organization in another IMLC-participating state.

    1. Get certified. The bottom line: providers with specialized certifications, such as PALS, ACLS, and BLS, can accept a greater number of locum tenens jobs. The same is true for clinicians who are board certified or board eligible in their specialties.


  1. Obtain/keep up with continuing medical education (CME) credits. Staying abreast of advances in medicine and variations in the delivery of patient care is crucial to maintaining licensure and credentialing requirements, as well as to your ongoing professional development.

Fortunately, there are easy, cost-effective options for earning CME credits, as well as opportunities that are free, such as the courses in Medicus Healthcare Solutions’ CME portfolio, presented in partnership with ProAssurance and Medical Interactive. We can provide access to a wide variety of complimentary online CME/CE courses, certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to physicians and other clinicians in our locum tenens system.

    1. Continuously update your curriculum vitae (CV). Making sure it is always current and formatted to perfection means you will never miss out on a locum tenens opportunity because your CV is not up to date. As soon as you have something new to add—be it the specifics of an assignment or board certification—add the information while it is fresh in your mind as it is easy to forget important details over time.
    2. Get a jump on paperwork and references. The credentialing process can be lengthy and arduous. Gathering the documents you will require—and keeping them organized and current—will make all the difference when an opportunity you are eager to accept arises. Respected locum tenens staffing companies have a team of experienced credentialing professionals who can provide assistance and support throughout the process, ensuring everything you need is in place.


  1. Be flexible. A willingness and enthusiasm to commit to what the healthcare organization needs will go a long way toward securing a desirable assignment.

This is an updated edition of a post originally published November 2, 2015.

Call Medicus Healthcare Solutions at 855.301.0563 to explore locum tenens opportunities with an experienced recruiter, and read our blog posts for tips, the latest news and trends, and other helpful information.

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