How long are assignments?

Assignment length will vary and there is no minimum required length for assignments. The duration of a job will depend entirely upon why the doctor is needed. The locums provider may be filling in for a physician that is off for maternity, health leave, or vacation coverage. In other cases, a locums provider may cover a sudden hole until the hospital can find a permanent replacement.

How will I be compensated for my assignment?

Locum tenens physicians work on a contract for a specified number of hours per week or per month for a pre-negotiated amount of pay per hour or per day. Physicians will record their hours on a timesheet, secure signoff from the client, and email the timesheets twice a month to our accounting department.

What about travel? Do I get a stipend for housing and a rental car?

As a locum tenens physician, the following expenses will be included: travel, tolls, and housing.

Do I get health insurance when I work assignments for Hayes Locums?

No. Working locum tenens qualifies you as an independent contractor. You will be responsible for providing your own health insurance coverage by purchasing a private health plan.

What if I have a problem on an assignment?

If you encounter a problem or any conflicts arise on an assignment then the Hayes Locums consultant should be contacted immediately. The Hayes Locums consultant will contact the client facility to address and handle any issues or concerns.

Do I sign a contract with Hayes Locums? Am I free to pursue a permanent position while working temporary assignments?

Yes, you will sign a contract with Hayes Locums for the accepted assignment. However, you are free to work with other locums agencies. Although we will work hard to become your preferred agency of choice, no one agency can guarantee coverage for every opportunity, every time. Our main concern is providing you the highest quality coverage and customer service. 

You are also free to work locums in addition to your permanent position.

How do I apply for open jobs with Hayes Locums?

You can apply directly on the Hayes Locums website by clicking on “Quick Apply.” Your application will go directly to one of our specialized consultants and he or she will assist you with the completion of your full application.

What is the makeup of a team? Why does Hayes Locums work on specialty-specific teams?

A team will consist of your specialized personal sales consultant, credentialing, and the medical staff representatives. 

Our consultants work on specialty teams and focus only on one specialty. This way, our medical recruiters learn the ins-and-outs and become recruiting specialists in each area.

How do I complete credentialing for the assignment?

Hayes Locums' Credentialing Department takes the burden off the provider and helps to complete the steps necessary to get the provider working as soon as possible. Internal and external credentialing teams are divided and a representative will be assigned to you to help streamline the process.

Do I need my own malpractice insurance to work locum tenens? What about tail coverage?

No. Physicians must use malpractice insurance provided through Hayes Locums.

Each physician working with Hayes Locums is provided with comprehensive medical malpractice insurance for each assignment that they work. This insurance covers each physician even after they have completed their assignment. 

We don’t provide tail coverage at this time because we have been with the same malpractice carrier.

What is Locum Tenens?

Locum Tenens is a Latin phrase meaning "to hold a place". Locum tenens has become the industry term used to describe healthcare providers who take temporary positions at healthcare facilities. Hospitals, clinics, and medical groups typically use locum tenens providers to fill both short and long-term absences due to vacations, medical leaves, or gap coverage. 

How do I obtain a medical license for the state that the locums position is located?

Requirements for obtaining a medical license will vary from state to state. Please refer to our Resource Center for further information on individual states.

We do have an in-house credentialing team that is available for assistance with processing.


How do I apply for the state license, if I am interested in going out of state?

Assignments are often posted in advance, allowing a physician time to obtain licensure. We do have trained hired staff that assist with completing the required medical license applications.

Can I work as a locum physician if I am a resident or fellow?

Yes, depending on specialty. Locum tenens is an appealing option for residents and fellows, as it gives them the opportunity to try different healthcare facilities prior to committing to a permanent position. Most young physicians also have a considerable amount of outstanding debt when they finish residency. Locum tenens allows an additional way to pay down student loans more quickly, which can save thousands of dollars in interest.

Advanced Practitioners

How can I find out my advanced practitioner state powers for assignments I am interested in pursuing?
What is an APC?

Advanced Practice Clinician

PAs (Physician Assistants) and NPs (Nurse Practitioners) are often referred to as Advanced Practice Clinicians. APCs are qualified healthcare professionals who provide care and treatment while working under the close supervision of a doctor.

If I have limited availability, can I work a portion of an open job?

Yes. You can choose contracts to fit your schedule. You also have the option to fill a portion of a contract and an additional APC will work the remaining duration of the contract. If the facility is asking the clinician for more time than he or she wants to commit to, there may be an option to contract for a portion of the extension.

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