The term “locum tenens” simply means to temporarily hold a place for another. Locum tenens in medicine means being a practitioner who temporarily fills in at a clinic or hospital.
There are many reasons why medical providers choose locum tenens work, including the flexibility to set your own schedule, the ability to make much more money, and the adventure of working in settings that one might never see otherwise.
Rural and remote healthcare sites in Alaska, Montana, and Washington.
Aside from the fact that we pay the best in the business, there are many reasons why you should choose to work with Wilderness Medical Staffing. WMS is a grass roots company that has its origins in staffing remote Alaska. The owners of WMS have lived and worked in remote Alaska and rural Montana themselves. We know our clinic sites and the people in the communities that they serve. Because of this, we are able to thoroughly orient our practitioners to the particular site where they will be placed.
Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians.
Our assignments range on a case-by-case basis and can go from a few days to 6 or more months. You choose how long you want to work and what dates work best for you and we match you up with an open assignment.
To begin working with us, just email us a copy of your most current resume along with your interests and availability for work. Then download and complete our short application. We will then create a profile for you in our database with your dates of availability and choices in location. When we get a match for your wishes in job type, location, and pay range, we will give you a call.
No. Most practitioners choose to work with Wilderness Medical Staffing because we provide the best compensation in the industry, a choice of adventure locations, and a committed staff. However, you are not obligated in any way to work for us after you apply.
Yes. It happens all the time. If you find a spot you like while doing locum tenens work and are offered a permanent placement there, we will assist in placing you in the job of your dreams.
Locum tenens practitioners are independent contractors with Wilderness Medical Staffing. Being an independent contractor does offer tax advantages and normally higher compensation than being an employee. It is always advised to seek the counsel of an accountant for full details on the tax benefits of working as an independent contractor.
As independent contractors, locum tenens practitioners are not qualified for employee benefits through Wilderness Medical Staffing.
Yes. Wilderness Medical Staffing covers every practitioner with our ‘A’ rated medical malpractice insurance while you are on assignment.
Yes. All travel costs are reimbursed through Wilderness Medical Staffing.
Yes. The clinic/hospital sites always have housing available for you while on assignment as well as ground transportation.
No. Wilderness Medical Staffing cannot pay for locum tenens practitioners to get their state license because they are independent contractors. However, we will assist you in getting the licensing process started and answer any questions you have along the way. In addition, with our great locum tenens assignments you will make back the money spent on licensing costs on your first day of work!
This varies from assignment to assignment, based on where you are going and how long you will be going for. Often, practitioners bring a stethoscope, scrubs or a lab coat, and any reference materials they might need. Everything else will be supplied by the clinic or hospital that you will be working at. We will also let you know if there are any special items that need to be brought for a given assignment.
Yes, in most situations you can bring your spouse or significant other with you on your locum assignment, although we cannot reimburse you for their travel costs. Overall, this is contingent on the housing available and varies from assignment to assignment.