If you’ve never worked as a travel doctor, the logistics can seem overwhelming. In this guide, we’re tackling questions we often hear when a doctor is about to take the leap toward locum tenens. 

1. As a travel doctor, do I have a choice where I’m placed?

Yes! If you have a specific location where you’d like to work, you can communicate your preferences with a Hayes Locums consultant, who will prioritize those locations in their search. You can also use our online job search to find assignments in specific regions or states.

2. How much do travel doctors make a week?

Rates for locums jobs vary according to factors like location and specialty, but in general, traveling physicians tend to earn a higher rate than hospital employees. Because travel doctors are being asked to fill a gap in coverage, hospitals are often willing to pay a higher rate in order to cover it. Your consultant will negotiate with facilities on your behalf, to ensure that your salary needs are met.

3. How do I get licensed as a traveling physician if I want to work an out-of-state job?

Travel doctor jobs are often posted in advance, allowing plenty of time for you to obtain licensure. Requirements for obtaining a medical license vary from state to state, but we have an in-house licensing team that will help you navigate the process. See our Licensing Guide for more information on how the process works.

4. Do I need to join the IMLC to become a travel doctor?

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) is an agreement among participating states to streamline and expedite the licensing process for physicians. While it is not required to join it to be a travel doctor, it can help expedite the process. To learn more, see our IMLC guide.

5. Can I work a portion of a travel physician job if I have part time availability?

If there’s a job you’re interested in but you have a scheduling conflict, you may have the option to fill a portion of a need and an additional provider can work the remaining part of the schedule.

Want to know more about how to become a travel doctor? Let’s talk. Call 1-888-837-3172, or search our open travel physician jobs.