The benefits of locum tenens work are becoming widely better known: flexibility, excellent pay, and travel opportunities, to name a few. Medical practitioners, however, may be less familiar with the many opportunities available to work locum assignments at government facilities. Examples include taking assignments at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility, at federal corrections facilities, and with U.S. military branches, such as the U.S. Army or U.S. Navy. Helpful information about such assignments is listed below.
- Assignment length. On average, government locum tenens assignments tend to be longer than private assignments. While a private healthcare organization could need temporary coverage for a day or week, government agencies typically offer assignments of a month or longer, and assignments often last up to a year, particularly at the federal level. Government locum tenens assignments have the unique benefit of more permanence.
- Licensing ease. At the federal level, doctors can use a viable state license from anywhere to be eligible to practice as a locum tenens contract provider. Consequently, there are fewer administrative hassles and less paperwork associated with such assignments.
- Temporary-to-permanent positions. Private sector locum tenens assignments generally do not become permanent positions, although good experiences and relationships can certainly lead to such a circumstance. Government facilities, however, are often willing to employ on a temporary-to-permanent basis, a great opportunity for both a facility and contract worker to try on the relationship for size.
If you would like to learn more about locum tenens assignments with a government facility, call Medicus Healthcare Solutions at 855-301-0563 to speak with one of our knowledgeable recruiters.