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Here you'll find some of our most commonly asked questions from doctors who are thinking about working in U.S. assignments.

For more in-depth information we encourage you to call, with absolutely no obligation, and talk to a physician placement specialist about whether or not an assignment—or a career as a locum tenens doctor—is right for you.

  • How does Global Medical get paid?
    Global Medical Staffing is paid a commission by the facilities where we place locum tenens doctors. This fee does not come out of the doctor's salary nor is the doctor disadvantaged by working with GMS. In fact, our doctors receive competitive compensation and great benefits.
  • Do you have a religious affiliation?
    No, Global Medical is not affiliated with any religious institution or organization.
  • How long are the assignments?
    Our domestic assignments vary from one weekend a month to one year or more in duration. Our goal is to help you find the assignments that work best for you. International assignments are generally for a year or more, with a minimum of six months. We'd be happy to learn more about your availability and see if we can put an assignment or schedule of assignments together for you.
  • Do I qualify to work with Global Medical?
    We can place you in a locum tenens assignment if you meet each of the following requirements:
    • Possess at least one active, unrestricted U.S. state medical license
    • Have excellent references
    • Be in good standing with all regulatory agencies and facilities
    • Maintain a good malpractice claims history
    To begin the qualification process, supply us with your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and your thoroughly completed application form (Click here for an application). We'll then ask you to submit notarized copies of your medical diplomas and training certificates as we interview your references. You'll also need to obtain and submit a certificate of good standing from the body with which you are registered to practice medicine. Please note: this certificate must have been issued within ninety days prior to the start of your locum tenens position in order to be considered valid.
  • Do I need to be licensed in each state?
    In most cases, yes. We can assist you in securing a state medical license for any state where you would like to work. While requirements vary from state to state, the minimum requirement for state medical licensure is that you have completed a three year residency in an approved United States training program. The only exception to this are federal facilities, like military bases, where any current, unrestricted state medical license that you hold will enable you to practice medicine legally.
  • Where in the U.S. do you place locum tenens doctors?
    map of the united statesWe work throughout the U.S. and its territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands. We pioneered the placement of U.S. doctors in Australia and New Zealand and have placed nearly 3,000 locum tenens doctors Down Under. We've also placed doctors in Guam, Antarctica (McMurdo), Bermuda, American Samoa, New Guinea, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, and we can't wait to put our experience to work for you.
  • Why do these places need doctors?
    Quite simply, these places no longer have enough doctors to meet their growing healthcare needs. Workforce mal-distributions are a common problem - there are too many doctors in the bigger cites and not enough in mid-sized and smaller communities. This problem has been further compounded by a high demand in certain fields of specialization, which has escalated so rapidly that training facilities have not been able to keep up. Community hospitals, for instance, are struggling to provide basic services because medical school graduates are flocking to specialties that offer better pay and more predictable schedules. Finally, the world's aging population is growing; older people require more and more health services and medical schools are struggling to keep up with the demand. The net effect of these issues is a significant demand for doctors - both permanent and temporary.
  • Do you only place medical doctors?
    Our primary focus is to place locum tenens doctors in under-served communities. However, many of the facilities we work with have a need for other medical professionals so we're happy to work with either party where our expertise is helpful.
  • What happens if my locum assignment doesn't work out?
    In the extremely rare event that a practice has materially misrepresented itself, we will work to rectify the situation. If we cannot remediate the situation we will offer you other options for your locum experience. Should you or your family experience a serious illness or family death, we can arrange adequate time or work to release you from your obligation. Obviously, serious emergencies cannot be predicted or forestalled but in the past our clients have been very accommodating in these situations.
  • Does it benefit me to register with multiple locum tenens staffing agencies?
    global medical logoWhile it might appear that signing up with multiple staffing agencies would increase your chances of finding a position, it can actually do more harm than good. Other agencies often "spam" out candidate CVs without your knowledge or consent. Conversely, GMS has a meticulous vetting process. We never present a candidate to a facility/location until you've determined that the location, practice and hours fit your needs. It's just one of the many things that set us apart from other locum tenens staffing agencies.

    GMS recently presented a locum tenens doctor, following six months of careful planning and vetting, only to discover that her CV had been presented "blind" to a facility without her knowledge or consent just prior to our presentation. Early on in her planning, a friend had convinced her to sign up with multiple agencies and she sent her CVs, though never had any follow-up with them. Consequently, the facility she was very interested in couldn't offer her the locum tenens position because they were bound to bill her contract through the other agency - one she didn't want to work with. We placed her in another locum position in short order, but we were unable to place her in the location she had originally requested.
  • Can I bring my family along?
    Yes! Many of our doctors choose locum tenens work specifically so that their families can accompany them. On longer terms assignments, we are often able to negotiate to have spousal airfare covered. We're also happy to see if we can help to obtain larger housing that is suitable for a family. Just let us know who you are traveling with and we will work to secure the best range of options for you.
  • Do you provide malpractice insurance coverage?
    Our medical liability coverage comes from Medical Protective (part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies) and carries the highest ratings possible: A++ (A.M. Best's) and AAA-rated (Standard & Poors). The policy is occurrence based and carries individual limits for each doctor of $1 million per claim and $3 million dollars aggregate.
  • What kinds of doctors do you need?
    We have openings in most specialties, though we place locum tenens doctors most frequently in the following specialties:
    • Anesthesiology
    • Cardiology
    • Emergency Medicine/A&E
    • General Practice/Family Medicine
    • General Surgery
    • Haematology
    • Hospitalist
    • ICU
    • Internal Medicine
    • Medical Oncology
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Oncology/Radiation Oncology
    • Pathology
    • Pediatrics
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Psychiatry ? Child & Adolescent
    • Psychiatry - General Adult, Geriatric & Forensic
    • Radiology
    • Urology
  • Can I bring my pet(s) with me?
    Yes, but pets often require a special deposit, which you are responsible for paying. Also, airline rules and regulations vary with each carrier. Not all airlines allow pets in the cabin, and those that do normally allow only one per flight and your pet must remain crated with the carrier under the seat for the duration of the flight. Also, some locations (like Hawaii) require you to quarantine your pet for up to three months after you arrive. Once you've determined your travel dates, you should contact your specific carrier. We'll also assist you with details should you decide to bring your pets.
  • How often do you pay your doctors?
    We've earned a reputation for having the fastest and most reliable payroll in the industry. Your timesheet - which you can submit via fax, email or a secured sign-in on our website - is due to our accounting department by the 5th and 20th of each month. After we receive your timesheet, funds are deposited directly into your account (this can vary by 48 hours depending upon your financial institution).
  • Are taxes taken out of my paycheck?
    No. You are considered an independent sub-contractor, which means you are responsible for managing and paying your own taxes. We recommend that you meet with a tax expert before you depart from home. We can also help you set up with a self-directed retirement account that allows you save pre-tax income for your future retirement needs.
  • Can I stay permanently?
    Yes, in fact, many of facilities that we work with are looking for permanent staff and are using locum tenens doctors to manage the practice workload while they look for a permanent candidate. This makes locum tenens assignments a very good way to "try-out" different practices and choose the one that "fits" you best.
  • Do you provide health insurance for me or my family?
    We'll put you in touch with a reputable agent who will help you secure an individual health insurance policy for you and your family. The agent will help you find the best package with the policy limits and features that are right for you.
  • How much money can I make?
    Your actual rate of pay will be determined based on your field of focus, experience and pay ranges in the location/facility where you accept a position - the average locum physician earns up to $225 per day or more. You'll also receive A++/AAA-rated medical defense (malpractice) coverage, housing, a car allowance and return airfare (in most cases) - in addition to your regular pay. Or you can choose a higher salary that you can use to cover your own expenses.
  • What is a typical work week like?
    Most positions require a full-time (40-hours per week) commitment, but it depends on your position. To assist you in gaining an understanding of the work schedule, practice duties and lifestyle of any position, we provide you with a description of the practice and set up a teleconference for you to speak with a doctor in the practice - before you accept any locum position. We also put you in touch with doctors who have take locum assignments in the same area. This gives you the control to select the assignments that fit your interests and schedule. Should you accept a position with a practice where more than forty hours per week of work or on-call duties are involved, you will receive premium pay for providing these services.
  • Where do I start?
    Start by completing our application; this will us an idea about the kind of experience you and your family are interested in. We'll provide basic information about practice settings, typical workloads, surrounding environments and recreational activities then, based on your application, we'll let you know which open positions are realistic for your locum life experience.

    Next, we need your CV. Using your CV, we'll pre-qualify you by researching your history, verifying your credentials and conducting telephone interviews of your references.

    Once you're pre-qualified, we'll discuss which position(s) that most closely match your skills and interests. We'll narrow your options down, and then provide you with a written description of the practice you'll be working in and its location. In most cases, we'll also put you in contact with another doctor who's previously lived and worked in that setting.

    After you've determined that a position is right for you, we'll introduce you as a candidate to the practice by sending your CV, references and other information. We'll also arrange a teleconference for you to speak to the staff with whom you will be working. This is a great opportunity for both parties to ask questions, offer information and generally determine whether it's a good fit for everyone involved. Assuming that both you and the client are comfortable with one another and interested in proceeding, we'll begin your medical registration and visa processes.

    The registration and visa processes each require completing detailed forms and providing supporting documentation, i.e., medical school diploma, postgraduate certificates, etc. - which varies depending upon the location and facility. Originals and/or notarized documents are generally necessary.

    If it sounds insurmountable, don't worry. Our vast experience allows us to usher you through each step easily. In fact, we have full-time staff devoted solely to helping you with your visa(s), medical registration and logistic(s), to ensure that every detail is completed as required within the obligatory timeframe.