Requirements for Remote Physicians in Alaska
Becoming a telehealth physician is an ideal way to supplement your income while maintaining a flexible schedule. Many full-time and part-time virtual work opportunities are available for MDs and DOs in Alaska.
Once you become a licensed, board-certified physician, you have the opportunity to decide which type of telemedicine position works best for you, whether you live in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, or any other part of the state.
Here’s what you should know before applying for these roles:
Work-from-home physicians: As a remote physician, you’re required to provide the same standard of care as you would if you were working in an in-person healthcare facility. The biggest difference is how virtual care physicians meet with patients. Telehealth relies on technology to conduct synchronous (video) and asynchronous (audio) patient consultations. Remember that you can only legally treat patients physically located in the state where you’re licensed to practice.
Additional training: In telemedicine, the standard of patient care is the same as when you see patients face-to-face. Therefore, there’s no state-mandated specific training for virtual care. However, many telehealth companies offer training so clinicians can become familiar with relevant technology and platforms, in addition to best practices for good webside manner.
Necessary documentation: When you’re ready to apply for remote physician jobs, make sure your resume is up to date and that you have appropriate documentation ready that shows your education and credentials.
Telemedicine companies often post open roles on sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn. These job posting sites can be a great resource when looking for virtual care opportunities. Wheel matches physicians with remote opportunities, and has an array of positions available for MDs and DOs in Alaska. Want to learn more? Check out this article for tips on how to evaluate telehealth job opportunities in primary care.