What is a locum tenens provider?
The term “locum tenens” simply means to hold a place for another. Locum tenens providers work on a temporary basis to support understaffed clinics and hospitals.
What types of medical providers does Wilderness Medical Staffing place?
Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians.
Where are Wilderness Medical Staffing’s locum tenens assignments?
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.
What types of assignments does Wilderness Medical Staffing offer?
We specialize in staffing positions for rural and remote communities. We frequently have positions for providers with experience in emergency medicine, primary care, and urgent care. On occasion we have positions in other specialties also. Check out our job board to see our open assignments.
What is Wilderness Medical Staffing’s approach to placing providers?
We believe it is vital to match providers and positions based on fit, experience, skills, and interests. Before you take any assignment, we will answer your questions and share essential details about the job responsibilities, pay, patient volume, staffing mix, location details, and living arrangements.
How does this locums thing work?
Are locum tenens providers employees or independent contractors?
Wilderness Medical Staffing works with medical providers as independent contractors (also called 1099s). Check out our short guide, which details the basics for working as an independent contractor and offers resources to help you along the way.
Does Wilderness Medical Staffing offer medical malpractice insurance?
Yes. Wilderness Medical Staffing covers every provider with our ‘A+’ rated medical malpractice insurance while you are on assignment.
Do the assignments with Wilderness Medical Staffing come with employee benefits?
As independent contractors, locum tenens providers are not eligible for employee benefits through Wilderness Medical Staffing, including health insurance. Check out our health insurance guide for some potential solutions.
Am I responsible for booking or paying for travel, housing, and on-site transportation?
No. Our dedicated Operations team will coordinate your travel, housing, and ground transportation. Better yet, your expenses (excluding fees associated with pets and family) are covered!
Can I bring my spouse and/or family on the assignment with me?
It depends on the assignment. Over the past decade, several of our providers have traveled with a family member and had a wonderful experience. However, for some positions, the housing situation or job responsibilities make it difficult for a family member to accompany. If you plan to travel with family, please let your recruiter know and we will strive to find a position that works for you.
How does it work with pets?
As with family members, we have had many providers elect to take their pets with them on assignment. However, the housing available at some assignments is not pet friendly. If you plan to travel with pets, please let your recruiter know.
Am I able to take a permanent position through Wilderness Medical Staffing?
Yes! If you find a spot you like while doing locum tenens work, we will assist in making the move permanent!
How long is the typical locum tenens assignment with Wilderness Medical Staffing?
Our assignments range from a few days to six months or more. You choose how long you want to work and the dates you are available; from there we will match you with a compatible assignment.
Am I obligated to contract with Wilderness Medical Staffing once I apply?
No. Many providers choose to work with Wilderness Medical Staffing because of our industry-leading pay, dedicated support staff, and unique and adventurous positions. However, you are not obligated to contract with us after you apply. In addition, you can work with WMS as little or as much as you want throughout the year. We can be your primary source of income or a side hustle so you can pay off those student loans!