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5-Step Process for Getting Licensed in a New State

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

There are a number of benefits to working locum tenens, notably the ability to travel from state to state for various assignments. The downside: you may need to obtain a medical license in the state you choose to work.

The licensing process varies by state. While some medical boards are able to deliver licenses within a two-week period, larger states like California and New York could take several months. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) can even help clinicians become licensed in multiple states sooner than through standard licensure.

Despite the state-specific requirements or route you take, there are a few factors that hold true for every locum tenens clinician when getting licensed in a new state:

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My Career Path As a Locum Tenens Doctor - Fulfilling a Family Legacy and Loving It! (Dr. EmmaLeigh Smith)

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Sep 17, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Deciding to start working locum tenens right out of residency isn’t something a lot of new physicians do, but it’s a decision Dr. EmmaLeigh Smith, a Family Medicine Physician, embraced wholeheartedly. Almost seven years after she started working locum tenens through VISTA, we caught up with Dr. Smith who is currently working in Portland to talk about her experiences and  why she is “still loving it!”

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IMLC Licensure Questions: Answers from a VISTA Licensing Manager

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

For physicians who want to expand their horizons and deliver care in different areas of the country, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact can streamline the licensing process and allow you to act on locum tenens opportunities more quickly. The launch of the Compact is great news—for doctors and underserved communities alike—but it’s still fairly recent, and physicians have questions.

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3 Tips for a Smoother Licensing and Credentialing Process

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When you work locum tenens, you know you need to meet licensing and credentialing requirements for each new assignment. But does paperwork get you down? If licensing and credentialing is taking away from the reasons you love your job and giving you a huge headache, we can help.

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4 Reasons to Make the Southwest Your Next Locum Tenens Stomping Ground

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

What comes to mind when you think of the Southwestern United States? If it's desert expanse and scorching temperatures, you’re partly right—but there’s a lot more to take in. The Southwest includes Arizona and New Mexico as well as parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas. No matter where you’re from or where specifically you land, the Southwest has a lot to offer as a new escape with your next assignment as a locum tenens physician, PA or NP.

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Big News for Locums Physicians: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Updates

Posted by VISTA Staffing on May 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

You’re likely aware of the buzz around the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. But how does it work exactly, and what does it all mean for you as a locum tenens physician? If you meet the qualifications and you’re licensed in one of the eight principal states designated by the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, you can apply for a letter of qualification and be issued new licenses in any of the participating states.

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Licensing and Credentialing Must-Haves for Locum Tenens Clinicians

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

For locum tenens physicians and advanced practice providers, licensing is part of the job. Whether just getting started with locums work or moving to a new facility, locum tenens clinicians are required to be licensed in each state they work in and credentialed at each site.

While the amount of time licensing and credentialing can take varies from state to state and site to site, keeping the right records and documents in order can go a long way in making it easier.

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Reasons to Work a Locum Tenens Assignment in Wisconsin

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 1, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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.

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3 Licensing Tips for Locum Tenens Physicians

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 12, 2016 10:15:00 AM

If you have decided to shift your career to the world of locum tenens, it’s important to understand the individual state licensing requirements to qualify for positions across the nation. This post will focus on three licensing tips for locum tenens physicians.

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ALERT—Colorado medical license renewal scam

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jul 8, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Yesterday, the VISTA Staffing Solutions licensing department received notices in the mail for three of our Colorado licensed physicians from a company representing itself as “Colorado Physician Certification Services” with a postmark from Florida and a return address in California.   These notices indicate that the physicians' professional certification renewal is due and they must submit $412.00 by March 15th.  Upon investigation by Hannah Owen, VISTA Licensing Renewal Specialist, we learned that the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners did not issue these renewal notices.

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About VISTA Staffing Solutions

Founded in 1990, VISTA Staffing Solutions helps hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies in the US optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. A leading provider of US Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA has over 28 years of experience providing award-winning service in the locum tenens industry.