Medical Career

No nasty surprises - do your research before you take an overseas medical job

Moving jobs is always a nerve-wracking experience and this is even more the case when you are moving country as well. To make matters worse you might be expected to take a job sight unseen, given the impracticalities of traveling halfway round the world just for an interview.

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'It's not fair!' Why are some doctors paid more than others?

From a mile away all doctors look much the same, but get up close and it turns out that they come in many shapes, sizes and disciplines. The differences are never more starkly revealed than by a quick glance at their tax returns at the end of the year.

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District of Workforce Shortage vs Area of Need... "Why do I need both?"

Of all the quirks in the convoluted process for gaining the right to work as a doctor in Australia, none is so perplexing as the apparent overlap between Area of Need and District of Workforce Shortage. At first glance they appear to be the same thing, but examine the detail and there, you will find ...

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“So you think you can speak English?” - how to avoid the IELTS trap

We have brought enough doctors into Australia and New Zealand to anticipate most of the hurdles that they will face as they make their way through the regulatory process. No step is more underestimated, despite our advice, for its ability to throw a spanner in the works than the English language test, IELTS.

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Warning: don’t try this at home! The perils of doing your own medical registration

Over the years I have fielded many questions from doctors wishing to come to Australia and New Zealand about why they should use a medical recruitment agency like Wavelength. Apart from the spectacularly obvious one (it’s a free service for candidates) there are many other reasons why this is a smart move.

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Please don’t send me to work in the country doc!

Most overseas-trained doctors face the same dilemma when they look for a job in Australia – the tension between their own desire to live and work by the beach and the overwhelming availability of work in remote and out of the way places. The reason for this is simple - supply and demand.

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Seven cardinal sins of medical resume writing

If you want general advice on how to put together a medical resume there is plenty to find online. There are no excuses for not having the right content but I wanted to share my own thoughts on some dos and don't on formatting and style, arrived at after eyeballing thousands of doctors' resumes over the ...

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Why Australian General Practitioners are happier than most

So how is your quest for work-life balance coming along? If you are a family physician in the United States not so well according to a recent study published in JAMA. Doctors fare worse than the general population and frontline physicians are at greatest risk of “dissatisfaction” and “burnout”.

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Why Australia is the best place in the world to practice Emergency Medicine

I have long held the view that Emergency Medicine as it is practiced in Australia is about as good as it gets if you want an emergency career that is rewarding and for your specialist expertise to be held in high regard by your medical peers. In Australia the Emergency Department is the hub of the ...

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How many doctors will Australia need in 30 years from now?

Imagine launching a sailing boat in Sydney, setting the compass for Vancouver and then sitting back with a Gin & Tonic expecting to arrive at your chosen destination on time! Predicting a future outcome without adjustment along the way is a risky undertaking for anyone that puts a high value on being right.

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