Ready to head off on the adventure of a lifetime as an international locum tenens physician? Hurrah! Don’t get deterred by the paperwork required for international locums. All of our doctors say they’re glad they took the plunge.
During your assignment, you’ll get to see the sights like a local, meet new people, put your medical skills to good use, rejuvenate, and travel. All the while, you’ll help people who truly need your skills and experience.
To prepare, it’s smart to start gathering certain medical documents ahead of time. Here are the documents you’ll need for sure for any international locums assignment.
All placements require the following international locum tenens paperwork:
- Your original medical certificate (or DO)
- Certificates covering post-graduation training
- Life support certificates
- American board or specialist certificate
- Current licenses
- Your immunization records, including for TB and Hepatitis B
- An updated CV
Note that many of our international placements require original documents and that the originals be notarized.
“Those are pretty much guaranteed items,” says Diane Wright, Global Medical Staffing international placement supervisor. “If you know you might be interested in locums, the sooner you can gather the documents, the better, because the faster we can get these completed and get these submitted means that we can start other parts of the process, like securing a visa for you.”
Gathering these original documents ahead of time and keeping them in a secure, fireproof place will make the process go more smoothly.
Country-specific documentation requirements
Many countries require even more documentation. New Zealand, for example, requires the following documentation in addition to the list above:
- Residency certificate
- Fellowship certificate, if applicable
- Current valid passport for you, as well as any family member that will accompany you
- Current valid driver’s license
- Evidence of name change, if applicable
- Any medical licenses you have held within the last 5 years
- CME certificates for the last 2 years
- Marriage certificate if your spouse will accompany you
- Birth certificates for any children who will accompany you
New Zealand also requires proof of English language proficiency, more extensive references than most locum tenens positions, and evidence of active clinical practice.
For detailed paperwork requirements for the locations that interest you, give us a call. We regularly place physicians in New Zealand, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Australia, and Canada, and have now expanded into the U.K., China, and other exotic places around the world.
We’re here to help
If you’re interested in learning more about an international locums assignment, don’t let the need for original documents and other requirements slow you down. We’ll help you get through the paperwork so that you can have the experience of a lifetime. Just remember to be patient and flexible, both during the qualification process and while on assignment.
“Being flexible and patient is important for going international,” Wright says. “It’s a process, and we’re here to support you all of the way through it, from the credentialing and licensing process to your visa, to housing and transportation.”
Kari Redfield is a professional content marketing writer. She also is a novelist and writes for newsstand magazines and has had work appear in publications such as Arizona Highways, Sedona Magazine, and American Fitness. And like the locums physicians profiled in these stories, she loves the flexibility and new experiences that her unique job provides, and loves to travel. She has been known to spend weeks in the U.S. West in her Aliner, checking out classic trad rock climbs, epic mountain bike rides, and other adventures while writing from the road.