Over the years, I have accumulated a collection of state medical licenses in the process of pursuing various locum assignments. Based upon this experience, I think that there are a couple of things that you require to understand about getting certified in a brand-new state.
Nicholas Kusnezov, MD, shares his guidance on how to get licensed in a new state as a locum tenens doctor.
1. Start early
As quickly as a project ends up being offered that you have the ability to commit to– either presently or at some time in the future– alert the locums company and start on getting a license. Some states might take a month to process a brand-new license, while others might take control of a year. For instance, my Texas medical license took 3 months from start to finish, however my Alaska license– which a locum business requested over 2 years earlier– is still processing.
Further, licensing procedures vary extensively from state to state, and sometimes extra certifications or credentials are required prior to approval or even using for a state medical license. California, endowed with possibly the most cumbersome state licenses of all– but with one of the best licensing departments– needs a fluoroscopic supervisor and operator permit in hand for orthopaedics prior to applying.
2. Interact well and often
Make certain to keep track of the forward progress of your application. I would suggest calling your licensing representative directly, even if the locums planner is on top of it In most cases, the licensing department will only deal straight with you.
Its essential to keep an open line of interaction with the licensing departments. While some are well run, others are not. Often, medical licensing departments will ask for extra documentation, as documents may get lost in transit or expire by the time the license in its totality is examined for approval.
Licensing departments will often still mail you deficiency letters. The last thing you want is to not receive this, your licensing products, or your eventual license because your address or phone number was not up to date.
3. You dont need to use it.
It is worth understanding that even if you are getting accredited does not mean you are locked into a task. When you are applying for a license for a brand-new project in a state where you have actually never worked in the past, its not unusual for that task to already be filled by the time you get the license. This is an important factor to consider when taking some time off from your primary practice, and its typically not explicitly discussed to you.
4. Plan ahead
That being said, when you are simply beginning, in my viewpoint it is constantly a better idea to just suck it up and get the license ahead of time. If the location, travel, or distance is not to your taste, you can always decline to restore it. Having an active state medical license in-hand might make the difference between you and another physician getting a popular project.
Additionally, every license you use for and every healthcare facility you credential at will require you to report all previous licenses, whether active or inactive, so the procedure ends up being significantly troublesome the more state medical licenses you accumulate.
You can picture how quickly you may accumulate state medical licenses in the procedure of accepting locum tasks. I would advise that you give severe thought to which specifies you would eventually like to work in. You will be bombarded with a flurry of chances to work all over the nation, and the locums company will normally pay and coordinate for licensing, however if the job is in a state that you have no objective of working in, it will be a waste of your effort and time.
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Further, licensing procedures differ commonly from state to state, and in some cases additional certifications or credentials are required prior to approval or even using for a state medical license. When you are applying for a license for a brand-new project in a state where you have never ever worked in the past, its not uncommon for that assignment to currently be filled by the time you get the license. Having an active state medical license in-hand might make the difference in between you and another physician getting a desired project.
Some states might take a month to process a new license, while others may take over a year. My Texas medical license took three months from start to finish, but my Alaska license– which a locum company used for over two years earlier– is still processing.