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3 Things to Know About Practicing Locum Tenens at a Government Facility

Department of Veterans Affairs signThe 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.