I am considering a transition to locum tenens practice in 9 to 12 months. I'm concerned about how long the state licensing process will take through an agency and the availability of jobs. Should I go ahead and get licensed in the states I want to work in, on my own, before contacting a locum agency? I know the locum agencies will pay for this licensure, but I don't want there to be a delay. Is it possible to even get a state license without having a job in the state yet?
Also will the staffing agency pay for the DEA license, as I do not have a DEA license yet?
Any advice regarding locum tenens will be much appreciated.
I work in Family Practice, but have also done (non-ER) urgent care.