Regulatory & Migration

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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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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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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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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Should elderly doctors be forced to retire when they are no longer fit to practice?

I recently read with interest an article by Laurie Tarkan at the New York Times that highlighted the case of a 78-year old surgeon who lost a patient post-operatively. The routine investigation that followed revealed that the surgeon himself was showing obvious signs of age-related cognitive dysfunction ...

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