John Bethell

Bethell, John

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John Bethell

Dr John Bethell graduated from Aberdeen Medical School in 1990 and worked as a doctor in both the UK and Australia, launching Wavelength with co-founder Claire Ponsford in 1999. As a pioneer and market leader of medical recruitment in Australia Dr Bethell has seen the industry grow and mature. After two decades of helping doctors find work and healthcare employers find doctors, he sees the medical workforce world from a unique perspective.

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Suicide rates are dropping - unless you’re a junior doctor

The recent spate of junior doctor suicides in Australia has made world headlines. Shocking in their own right as stories of human tragedy, they also strike a particular chord for those of us who have had to endure gruelling medical internships.

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Why Médecins Sans Frontières has a world class 'Employment Brand'

I admire Médecins Sans Frontières enormously. I admire them for their humanitarian mission, for their no-nonsense attitude towards getting things done but most of all I admire them for their courage. What fascinates me most, as a professional recruiter, is how they manage to attract people with their ...

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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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Doctors: find a good medical recruitment consultant and stick with them

I liked this post by blogger Dr Goodhook, providing advice to doctors on “How to work with a physician recruiter”. I liked it because a doctor, not a recruiter, wrote it. He clearly has the measure of the way recruiters work (good and bad) and has suggested some handy tips on how doctors can get the best out of ...

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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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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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