Wisconsin has a lot more to offer than delicious dairy. If you’re looking for a change in scenery, here are just a few reasons to think about calling this friendly Midwestern state home for your next locum tenens assignment.
They Know How to Live!
So what if it’s a little chilly? Wisconsinites stay warm with good food, good drinks and countless celebrations. It’s home of the ice cream sundae and more than 40 craft breweries. Hundreds of thousands of bratwursts are consumed each year at Madison’s Brat Fest, while Burger Fest and its traditional 5K “Bun Run” bring burger aficionados together each August for a parade, ketchup slide and burger-eating contest. (And yes, there are multiple festivals dedicated to cheese.)
If food festivals aren’t your thing, Wisconsin has more than 150 performing arts centers. And Summerfest holds the Guinness World Record for largest music festival, delivering 11 stages and 75-acres worth of entertainment on the shores of Lake Michigan each year—everything from country to reggae to rock.
Adventure Awaits (No Matter the Season)
Whether you’re a paddle-sport enthusiast or you like to be out in the snow, there’s something for every daredevil in Wisconsin. The American Birkebeiner (the “Birkie”) draws approximately 10,000 skiers each year as the largest—and one of the longest—cross-country ski races in North America. You can find the world's largest concentration of water parks in the Wisconsin Dells, including Noah’s Ark Waterpark, the nation’s largest outdoor water park. And if that’s not enough water for you, Wisconsin's rivers and streams would stretch almost 2,000 miles MORE than the circumference of the earth if they were laid end-to-end. That’s a lot of scenery, and a great escape for fishing, kayaking and more.
A Taste for the Obscure
Accordions, snowmobiles, motorcycles… you name it—Wisconsin probably has a museum for it. (The world famous Mustard Museum is a must-see, and free!) With over 1,200 caches within 10 miles, the West Bend is the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest and home to the “$1,000 Cache Ba$h,” an annual festival held over two days that draws geocachers from across the globe. Other unique experiences include the world’s only hand-painted planetarium, the architectural marvel of The House on the Rock, and The Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw Festival. (You read that last one right.)
And if You Are a Cheese Connoisseur…
You probably know that Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the country, producing more cheese than any other state and second only to California in milk production. But it’s also the only state to offer a Master Cheesemaker program. It takes three years to complete and is for serious candidates only—you need a decade of cheese-making experience to even apply!
Getting Your License in Wisconsin
Working your next locum tenens assignment in Wisconsin is a great way to change up your healthcare experience while doing your part to fill the Midwest’s physician shortage.
- Wisconsin offers MD/DOs a locums license option which can be obtained in as little as 4-6 weeks. Permanent licensing takes an average of 12-16 weeks.
- Licensing typically takes 6 weeks for Nurse Practitioners, and 12 weeks for Physician Assistants.
Already licensed in Minnesota? You’re eligible to take advantage of Wisconsin’s reciprocity license.
Our knowledgeable in-house licensing team is here to help with all aspects of licensing and make the process hassle-free. Start exploring your options for locum tenens in Wisconsin today. Contact VISTA, or check out our open positions for Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers.