It’s tempting. Ditch the routine for months at a time and practice overseas where you can work in the morning and surf or hike in the afternoon. But it’s also entirely realistic. Thousands of your colleagues are doing it right now.
Airfare, housing, ground transportation, and malpractice insurance are all typically covered. The pay itself varies from country to country, but it’s always a competitive wage that affords comfort and travel. Assignments in the U.S. are often the more lucrative, but the benefits of going international — such as a chance to see the world, better work/life balance, and unique cultural experiences — are hard to put a price on.
Many who take international assignments say they find new enthusiasm for the work they do. And return with renewed energy and new perspectives.
Although there are some exceptions, and practice standards differ from country to country, international locums physicians must generally be board certified or board eligible to practice. Some countries also want recent, extensive postgraduate training or experience—three or more years in a comparable health system.
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