Medical Career

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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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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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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Physician 'promote thyself' through social media

LinkedIn recently came clean about its intention to be a prime player in the recruitment space and many are now adjusting to the fact that their LinkedIn profile is a defacto resume for all to see. Facebook is widely rumoured to be muscling in on this space soon.

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