Let's be honest, starting work in locum tenens can be exciting, especially for elite physicians and advanced practice providers. It's innovative opportunities, the chance to experience new medical facilities, and focus on medicine rather than paperwork and politics.
Navigating your new life, and the changes in your responsibilities can be stressful and puzzling. Not to worry, our goal is to clear up some of the confusion. We'll take a look at your options for travel and housing, so you can focus on your patients and all the joy that locum tenens life has to offer.
Travel and Housing for Locum Tenens
While every locum tenens agency is different, your options when it comes to travel and housing fall into several standard categories.
Booking your own Travel
If you have a strong preference on travel, or are happy to complete your own research, then it may be preferable to book your own travel.
Even if you are an experienced explorer, it's still a good idea to consult with your agency recruiter. They can offer you best practices and sound advice from other physicians who have been in your position or traveled to like areas. Don't hesitate to utilize the resources offered by the agency where and when you need them - it's their job to help make your transition easier. For example, even if you want to use your own car for the travel, you may be eligible for mileage reimbursement if it's written into your contract.
Booking Travel through the Agency
Some agencies, especially the larger and more established agencies, can help you safely get to your assignment with minimal hassle. That could include booking a flight and scheduling a rental car.
Many companies work with leading travel agents and vendors across the country for the best deals and increased selections. As a locum tenens employee, you'll be able to tap into those benefits and may even find choices or discounts that aren't available to the general public. They'll also work with you to find the best option for your travel, so you can focus on your assignment.
Finding your own Housing
No one knows you and your likes, preferences, dislikes and peeves more than you. That means you may be your best resource for finding the lodging you want for your assignment. We suggest making a list of your top priorities and the features that aren't negotiable in your housing. Then list out your "nice-to-haves" for locations. Use this list as you evaluate options. Also, make sure to consider furniture, and if you'll be bringing your own or looking for a furnished house.
There is a lot of work that can go into finding housing. Not only is there time-consuming research to find the perfect place, but you may have to negotiate with a third party. Navigating the contract is also important. With so much to accomplish, don't hesitate to use an agency resource as you book your housing. The insight they provide into the process and understanding of the area around your new site can be invaluable.
Finding Housing through the Agency
Many providers choose to let the agency resource find and book housing for the assignment. This eliminates the hassle and potential problems that can crop up during the process. Save time by letting them do the research, compare prices, handle the negotiation and the paperwork.
Share your priorities and expectations with your agency contact early in the process, so they have enough time to find the best possible accommodations. With many agencies, you can have as much or as little input in the process as you like.
Getting Started on a New Life with Locum Tenens
Don't let the questions or concerns you may have about the relocation details hold you back from seizing a new life and new opportunities. A locum tenens agency is a great resource, so reach out today to get your questions answered on anything from travel and housing to assignments. Contact a recruiter today to learn more.