You have questions about temporary and permanent physician staffing? We have answers.



  • What if the locum you recruit for us doesn't work out?

    This is virtually a non-issue because we offer such extensive credentialing and involve both you and the doctor(s) in our selection process. However, in the very rare event that you're not satisfied, we are the only locum company with a guarantee:

    If, in the first week, you are not satisfied with our service or the service of our doctor, we will remove the doctor and charge the client nothing.

    Note: Only 5 doctors have left or been pulled out during the first week of their assignment in nearly 20 years.

  • How long can a locum doctor work for us?

    We can provide a locum tenens to meet any timeframe necessary.

    U.S. facilities often request coverage for as little as one weekend, some require coverage for one week, and others require coverage for many months or even years. Whether you need doctor to cover during peak usage periods, to cover for vacations or other absences or to assess the demand for a specialty within a community, we can find a locum to fit your timeframe.

    Overseas assignments are generally longer-term and range (on average) from six months to one year - although depending on the needs of your practice, we can recruit physicians for as little as two weeks and for as long as several years.

    Whatever the timeframe, we will work with you to meet your needs and search for a doctor who has the right skill set and personality to integrate effectively into your practice.

  • Who handles the registration and immigration for locums you place overseas?
    We coordinate the medical registration and immigration process along with you and the doctor; because we're experienced at cutting through the red tape, we do it all in a timely manner.
  • Are locum doctors Vocationally Registered or do they have Specialist Recognition?
    Locum doctors we place into overseas assignment are typically from the U.S. so they're not vocationally registered or specialist recognized - although we are frequently able to obtain it through reciprocity, if required. Because we work with candidates who hold equivalent qualifications, we are usually able to register them to practice as Consultants or GPs.
  • What does it cost to hire a locum physician through Global Medical?
    Your practice or facility will pay approximately the same amount you'd pay for a permanent candidate. We derive our costs by evaluating the salaries in the geographic location where a physician will be working. We also understand there's no single solution for every facility, so we work to accommodate your needs. A Client Development Speciailst can answer your specific questions.
  • How does the selection process work?
    • First, we ask you to complete a practice description summarizing the details of the position.
    • Next, we begin our search for candidates who have the skills you require; once we've determined which candidates match your needs, we present their CVs to you and you make your selection.
    • We then set up a conference call with each physician so you can ask questions and respond to theirs.
    • Following the conference call, you determine if a candidate is right for you. If the candidate isn't right for you, we continue our search.
  • Does the Goods and Services Tax (GST) apply for locum work?
    Because Global Medical Staffing is located in the U.S. - and we don't have offices overseas - we are exempt from GST.
  • Do we pay for locum benefits as well as compensation?
    Most of our doctors have worked under the traditional North American locums model—where we invoice your facility and then pay the doctor directly. Under this contract, your facility pays a daily or hourly charge, plus you provide suitable housing, utilities (except long distance telephone usage), and an automobile, which should be available for the physician's business and personal use. For assignments lasting six months or longer we also ask that you provide return airfare for the doctor. We also now offer a direct placement contract, where we charge a percentage of the doctors' annual compensation and benefits.
  • What type of doctors do you recruit for locum positions?

    We recruit doctors from most specialties and have a resource pool of over 85,000 interested and highly qualified candidates.

    Each of these doctors are carefully vetted before they're even considered for placement. Requirements for domestic and international assignments vary, but each Global Medical doctor:

    • Has completed their primary medical degree and/or post-graduate training in Canada, Europe or the United States
    • Has training and experience from developed countries and are fully functional in 1st world healthcare settings
    • Is conversant in the latest developments in their fields
    • Is in good standing with all regulatory agencies and facilities
    • Maintains a good malpractice claims history
    • Has excellent references

    Doctors who work in locum assignments in the U.S. must possess at least one active, unrestricted U.S. state medical license, although we can assist a doctor who wishes to secure a license in another state.

    While requirements vary from state to state, the minimum requirement for state medical licensure is completion of 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.

    Doctors who work overseas are generally Specialists and must be either Board Certified or Fellows of their respective specialty college. Family and general practitioners, as well as emergency medicine doctors, are not required to be Fellows or Members of their respective college.

    Generally speaking, doctors who work in Australia and New Zealand must have recent, significant experience (3 years or more) working in one of the following countries in order to qualify to work overseas:

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Canada
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Iceland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Singapore
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • The Netherlands
    • The United Kingdom
    • The United States
    Non-native English speaking physicians are also required to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For more information on the test, visit www.ielts.org.