Providers - Ask the Locum Tenens Expert

Locum Tenens FAQ

Included below are several of the questions we are most frequently asked here at Consilium Staffing. We hope that the general information below is helpful, but we have always found that we best provide value through partnerships and our ability to tailor solutions to the needs of providers like you. So please, give us a call so that we can truly serve as Your Partner in Locum Tenens and provide the best possible answers to your questions.

Contact our office or call 877.536.4696 for a friendly reply to your inquiry.

  • Why should I choose Consilium Staffing?

    Experience. Our leadership team has as much industry experience as any group in the industry, and most importantly we know what to do with that experience. Perhaps most important though, is that these industry leaders are not content to do things the way things have always been done. Instead they draw on their experiences from within and outside the industry to create a better locum tenens experience for you: a service-oriented partnership which puts you first.

    Knowledge. We know locum tenens. Consilium has brought together veterans of the industry accumulating 30+ years of locums experience within Behavioral Health, 60+ years of locums experience in Primary Care, including hospital-based specialties, and 30+ years of experience working with Government Services (VAMC, military, etc.). Our risk management team is led by a former medical malpractice defense attorney, and a highly experienced individual who has spent time working in risk and credentialing departments for hospitals, physician group, and staffing firms. We know how the industry works, and we know how to make it work best for you. From Recruiting Consultants to Privileging Specialists, Consilium employees go through extensive training to ensure they have full knowledge of the locum tenens industry. We are not only available to assist in your job search, but also want to increase your knowledge of locum tenens along the way.

    Customer Service. Our entire locum tenens model is built on partnership and service. It is our pledge at Consilium that we will partner with you to understand exactly the type of position you are interested in, and work to the best of our abilities to find an opportunity that meets and exceeds your initial expectations. We are here to serve you as Your Partner in Locum Tenens.

    Honesty. It is in Consilium's best interests, as well as yours, for us to be honest and up front with you with the information we provide. All great relationships rely heavily on trusting one another, and this relationship should be no different.

  • What is Locum Tenens?

    Locum Tenens is a Latin phrase that means "to hold the place of." A Locum Tenens Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant provides medical services for a healthcare facility when they are short-staffed or filling in for a physician in their absence. To Consilium Staffing it means so much more, and we recognize that it means more to you: the physician, the client, and your patients.

  • Do you work with all types of physicians?

    Consilium Staffing works with physicians in virtually all specialties. We will tailor our search efforts to your needs. Go to our Search Locum Jobs page to find your next opportunity.

  • Do you work with mid-level providers?

    Consilium Staffing works with mid-level providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Go to our Search Locum Jobs page to find your next opportunity.

  • What type of commitment do I have to give to Consilium Staffing, if I choose to do locum tenens?

    We believe that Consilium offers you the best opportunity for success in finding your ideal assignments. That being said, signing up to work with Consilium does not limit you to working solely with our locum tenens firm, nor does it hold you to a required length of commitment. One of the advantages of locum tenens is that it allows providers like you to choose a flexible schedule that works best with your availability. Consilium wants to help in locating the position that’s right for you. Until we have found a position that you are excited about, you have no obligation to pass up another opportunity that may present itself to you from another source.

  • How will it look on my CV if I choose to work locum tenens?

    Your CV will look great! Locum tenens coverage demonstrates to facilities your ability to adapt quickly to new clinical settings, which actually serves to strengthen your resume. Even if it's a short-term plan while you search for a permanent position, locum tenens assignments reflect your dedication to providing quality coverage to patients and communities in need. What healthcare facility wouldn't be interested in that?

  • What are some reasons that a facility would need to use a locum tenens provider?

    There are many reasons why facilities maybe short staffed and have a need for locum tenens coverage. In many cases, a facility will utilize locum tenens because of vacancies due to recruiting for permanent providers. These facilities will use locums to bridge the gap until they hire a permanent candidate or to supplement their own recruiting efforts. Other common scenarios include: maternity leave, vacation coverage and medical leave, expansion of services, or a need to meet patient demands during peak seasons. Locum tenens is a necessity to maintain patient care any time a provider is absent.

  • As a locum tenens provider, am I employed by Consilium Staffing, the facility, or am I an independent contractor?

    It is standard in the locum tenens industry that providers be considered independent contractors. That means that you would not be an employee of Consilium or any facility at which you work on a locum tenens basis. As such, each provider is responsible for the payment of their own taxes. Additionally, Consilium does not engage in the practice of medicine and does not control the manner in which the providers perform their medical services. Facility representatives may provide some policy and procedural information with regard to that specific facility, but neither Consilium nor the facility exercise control over how you, as a locum provider, practice medicine. The facility will be responsible for determining your schedule, hours worked, patients seen, and more, but each locum tenens provider is working as an independent contractor.

  • Does Consilium Staffing offer Permanent Placement opportunities?

    Consilium Staffing is a locum tenens staffing firm. We specialize in temporary opportunities for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. That being said, many of the healthcare facilities we work with are utilizing locum tenens as a temporary solution until they can find a long-term, or “permanent” solution. Additionally, we are very knowledgeable about the physician staffing market, so we are able to serve as a tremendous resource for you as you consider longer-term options.

  • How do I get started?

    Call us toll free, at 877.536.4696, and ask to speak with a Physician Recruiting Consultant or send us your information on our Contact Us page.