Medical Career

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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If you want to hone your clinical skills why not hire a coach?

I recently read an article in the New Yorker Magazine, ‘Personal Best’ by Atul Gawande asking why doctors don’t typically use the services of a professional coach. I use a coach myself and strongly advocate coaching to improve the performance and well being of my own staff so I guess you could say ...

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So doctor, what possessed you to move overseas? Your recruiter will remind you.

There are few professionals more prone to mobility than doctors. Once released from the relatively constrained environment of medical school doctors tend to embark on a peripatetic journey, moving from one location to another for many years before settling down.

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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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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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