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Are doctors afraid to say "I don't know"?

I love podcasts and one of my favourites is Freakonomics from maverick economist, Steven Levitt and his trusty journalist sidekick, Steven Dubner. Levitt has an uncanny ability to suck the humanity out of any topic you care to mention.

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Medicine needs women doctors - yes, even those that want to have a family

In the 2011 book Torn, Dr Karen Sibert challenges women to reconsider their choice of commencing medical school, citing the potential stresses that such a career will put on their family life later on. Fair enough. She then goes on to declare a “moral obligation” of doctors to use their medical education ...

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My Doctor’s got Talent!

Since my international flight has been delayed by 48 hours I suddenly have a bit of time on my hands. Rather than twiddle my thumbs I thought I would delve into our resume database to see what I could find. With tens of thousands of records you can start to draw some statistically significant conclusions about ...

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Do you see your medical recruiter as a valued partner or a necessary evil?

I have noticed over the years that it is much easier to convince hospitals to engage with recruiters on a transactional basis, taking resumes on the fly, rather than outsourcing a complete recruitment assignment to one agency. Most other industry sectors now accept the benefits of ...

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Australia has a long way to go to 'close the gap' on numbers of indigenous doctors

As a sponsor of a scholarship for the University of NSW indigenous medical student programme we were invited to attend a donors lunch last week. There was lively discussion around the table on the state of funding for such programmes, and consensus that all Australian state and federal ...

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Want to attract overseas doctors to your town? First build a church

Listening to the recent ABC Background Briefing documentary on overseas doctors I was struck by the success that Dr. Ayman Shenouda has achieved in attracting other doctors to his community in Wagga Wagga. As a Coptic Christian he, with some colleagues, founded their own church to satisfy ...

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Does a voluntary code of conduct promote ethical recruitment of international doctors?

A recently published Canadian study has gained significant press coverage for its eye-catching headline “Doctor brain-drain costs Africa $2 billion”. At the heart of the matter is an accusation that rich countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia are poaching doctors from poor and vulnerable nations ...

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Like oil and water, doctors and recruitment best practice often don’t mix

I started my career as a doctor but have spent the past 20 years in recruitment, which gives me a unique perspective on how these two worlds interface. One of the things I find most striking is the extent to which they don’t, or possibly won't, mix.

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Come and work in New Zealand – money hungry doctors need not apply

There is no getting away from it – salaries for specialist doctors and general practitioners in NZ compete poorly on the international market. If you are thinking of relocating to New Zealand from Australia or the UK expect a pay cut of 30-50%. If you are coming from the US think 50-80% depending on ...

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Should Australian doctors have a national award to stop interstate salary wars?

When we started placing doctors in Singapore we were surprised to find that there was no such thing as a payment award to govern how much doctors are paid. Instead, the remuneration offer is only made right at the end of the recruitment process, varies greatly from case to case and is veiled ...

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