Are you a physician thinking about working locum tenens? Here are 5 questions to ask a locums firm.
What kind of support do you provide to locum tenens physicians during
This question will give you an idea of how much support the company
provides to its physicians. Ideally, you want to work with a company
that has a team of people to help with logistics and administrative
Can you tell me more about the types of assignments you typically offer?
This question will help you understand the types of assignments the
company has available, such as the locations, duration, and
specialties. This can help you decide if they have the kind of
assignments that you are interested in.
How do you handle malpractice insurance and liability coverage for
your locum tenens physicians?
This is an important question as you want to be sure you have adequate
malpractice insurance and liability coverage during your locum tenens
Are you a member of NALTO (National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations)?
Being a member of NALTO indicates that the locum tenens company
adheres to ethical and professional standards, which can give you
confidence in working with them.
How do you handle travel and lodging arrangements for locum tenens physicians?
This question will give you an idea of how the company handles
logistics such as travel and lodging arrangements during assignments.
This can help you understand what to expect during an assignment and
if there are any additional costs to consider.
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About the Author: Mark C. Royer, MD, MBA, is an Otolaryngologist and medical director at ENTLocums.com. While employed at a hospital, Dr. Royer and his Wife, Allison (also an ENT surgeon) experienced an overwhelming call burden and began using locums as a solution to this challenge. Their experience led to the creation of
ENTLocums.com, a locum tenens company addressing the unique needs of
physicians and hospitals and health systems. For more information,
please contact them at info@ENTLocums.com or visit their website at