Your Locum Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions

Why do providers choose to work locum tenens?

There are a variety of reasons providers choose to work locum tenens jobs, but here are just a few:

  • Explore the country
  • Flexibility
  • Supplement income
  • Enhance your skill set
What locum tenens assignments are available in my specialty?

We have opportunities in a variety of facility types, including outpatient clinics, urgent cares, ERs, specialty clinics and more. Log in to view all jobs available in your specialty.

What paperwork is required to work locum tenens?

Before you are accepted for a locum tenens assignment, you will typically need the following:

  • Completed application and supplemental forms
  • Signed agency agreement
  • State licensing
  • Up to date CV
  • Peer references
How long does it take to get a locum tenens job?

Depending on paperwork, references and your unique situation it can take just a few days to a several months to get a locum tenens job. Aya Locums helps you through credentialing and privileging, along with the hiring facility’s credentialing and/or privileging processes (if applicable).

How does licensing work if the job is in another state?

If you are interested in an assignment in a state where you do not yet hold a medical license, Aya Locums can assist you with applying for and renewing your license(s). Your dedicated licensing coordinator will proactively get you licensed while communicating with the appropriate medical boards.

Where are your locum tenens jobs located?

We have opportunities available across the U.S. in both rural and metropolitan areas.

How long are locum tenens assignments?

As a locum tenens provider, you have the flexibility to choose the length of the assignment. Our assignments vary and can include a week of vacation coverage, shift work month to month, several months or can be ongoing. The length is dependent on what the facility’s needs are and what you agree to.

Can I work locum tenens in addition to my full-time job?

Yes, many providers work locums to supplement their income; it comes down to your availability and what our clients’ needs are.

What does a locum tenens schedule look like?

This is up to you as the provider, as working locum tenens gives you the flexibility to create your own schedule. We have full-time schedules, available shifts, call coverage and blocks to name a few, but it also varies based on specialty. Your recruiter can provide more details.

Can I work locums as a full-time career?

Yes, many providers choose locums tenens as their full-time employment. Your recruiter can help you identify opportunities that meet your goals and needs.

Can I switch from working locum tenens to being hired as a permanent employee?

Yes, if the job is a good fit for both parties, the facility always has the option to make you an offer and then buy out your contract if you accept.

How and when will I be paid?

Aya Locums will pay you weekly by direct deposit.

How do benefits/insurance work for locum tenens?

As an independent contractor, you’re responsible for providing your own benefits, such as medical, life and disability insurance. Many providers seek coverage through an insurance broker or through their spouse.

How do taxes work for locum tenens?

As an independent 1099 contractor, you are responsible for estimating your own tax payments and how much to withhold. In California, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and CRNAs are considered W2 employees under AB5 legislation. Your recruiter can share more information on W2 benefits if applicable.

Do you provide malpractice insurance?

Yes, we provide comprehensive malpractice insurance.

Do I have to provide my own travel accommodations?

We provide housing, travel, and transportation needs for the duration of your assignment. If you prefer to manage this yourself, let us know and we’ll talk to you about available reimbursements.

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