Thinking About Locums? Here is How to Get Started - Floyd Lee Locums


Thinking About Locums? Here is How to Get Started

Thinking About Locums? Here is How to Get Started

The New Year brings change and an opportunity for a fresh start. It is a great time to focus on life and consider the changes you would like to see in your career. For many physicians, the desire to have a career that offers more freedom, more control, and higher pay has led them to consider doing locums. However, before you start working as a locums physician, there are several steps you must take.

The first thing you must do before embarking on a locums career is decide if working as a locums is even an option for you at this time. If you are employed, are you able to moonlight as a locums physician? If you are currently working in a permanent position, are you in the process of leaving your job? What is your time frame and when would you like to get started? Secondly, you must decide on what type of locums work you would like to do in terms of specialty, duties, practice type, pay rate, schedule, and location.

Once you have clarified these things, the next, and arguably the most important thing to do is to start working on your unrestricted medical license. This is especially important for residents and fellows who will be graduating soon. Begin the process of obtaining your unrestricted medical licenses both in the state in which you are currently residing and the state or states you are strongly considering working. The licensing process can take anywhere from 6 weeks to six months.  Although, most locums companies will help with the licensing process, if you are already licensed, it is easier to find an assignment and the process goes much faster. In fact, many locums assignments will not even consider you if you do not have an active license in that state.

Finally, you must choose the right locums company. Choosing the right locums company and the right recruiter is imperative to making sure you have a positive locums experience. The locums company must understand your needs as a physician and be mindful of other issues in your life that can impact your ability to work as a locums physician. With over 20 years’ experience in the locums industry, Floyd Lee Locums offers concierge service to their physicians that is unrivaled by any other company in the industry. Not only does Floyd Lee Locums take the time to find the right assignment for you professionally, their concierge service ensures that locums integrates well with your work-life balance.

Even if you are just wondering about doing locums, the experts at Floyd Lee Locums are here to help. Their concierge consultants will discuss your career goals, understand your needs and help you make the best decision for your future.  Visit to learn more.

Contributed by: Dr. Stephanie E. Freeman

Stephanie E. Freeman, MD, earned her Medical Degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and her Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Freeman also completed a Geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She obtained her Masters of Business Administration at Auburn University.

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