Please forgive my ignorance, but what does it take for a medical doctor to get “privileges” at a particular hospital? Do you just take your license down to Ye Olde Regional Medical Center and ask if you can play too? Do you pay a fee for the privileges? Sign a contract? Submit to a background check? Interviews? Or what? Is it a big pain in the neck or a pretty easy process? Once you have the privilege to work at a hospital, are you required to do so–-you know, be on call every so often for certain kinds of emergencies or otherwise serve the medical facility? I know from my monthly trips to the emergency room (I’m clumsy) that many of the specialists called to my hospital of choice at night work all day long at their respective practices.
I guess I just want to know how the whole thing works.
Thanks in advance for your answers and have a great day!