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If you’re taking a year out from your training, you won’t find a better location to experience the laidback kiwi lifestyle whilst having a truly unique learning experience.

We’re seeking medicine registrars to be based in Gisborne in the beautiful Tairawhiti region on the East Cape of the North Island.

Gisborne is a small city (regional population 46,000 with 30,000 in the city itself), but for those who love the outdoors, you won’t get a better location in the summer.

  • 4 roles available at PGY3, PGY4 or PGY5 level
  • Commencing ASAP in 2018
  • Core medical training in a relaxed rural coastal environment
  • Welcoming multicultural community and a opportunity for a unique training experience
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins, whales

These roles are accredited for basic medical training by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) equivalent to CMT1-3 years. Advanced trainees will also be considered. The posts are for 12 months each and would be accepted as counting towards completing a formal training programme in NZ.

You will receive excellent exposure to unselected general medicine in a challenging rural health setting with close supervision and training accompanied by state of the art CT and MRI scanning, and echosonography. You will work with an enthusiastic team of Physicians with various interests and subspecialties who love to teach. 

The Hospital

This is a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital with modern facilities. Services include: medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, mental health & addiction services, gynaecology, obstetrics, child health, intensive and coronary care, assessment and rehabilitation, emergency department, laboratory, radiology, physiotherapy, dietetics, orthotics, occupational therapy, audiology, social work, domiciliary care and palliative care. As part of the range of services, the hospital also provides public health, health promotion, primary care and community based mental health services.

They have established systems for tertiary support and clinical backup with Waikato Hospital, Auckland Hospital and Starship Hospital. This includes clinical advice and urgent transfer if required.

The Hospital is committed to the needs of Maori who make up 65% of admissions to the hospital and form 46.2% of the region’s total population of 46,000. So there is also an active focus on Maori Health issues and respecting Maori culture and customs with regards to patient care. For those not from New Zealand, this provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

The Location

Gisborne features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce and award winning wines from local boutique vineyards. Local schools are excellent and real estate is affordably priced – there is something ideal to suit your needs from apartments, townhouses, something more rural (lifestyle block) or close to Wainui Beach. Gisborne enjoys warm summers (up to mid-30s) and mild winters and is considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. Its also the first place to see the sunrise every morning.

Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hill walking etc. It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather, annual music festivals, vineyard tours and surfing competitions. 

The local airport has regular daily flights to Auckland and Wellington airports (1 hr flights), making international connections easy, as well as making other domestic destinations such as Queenstown and the Bay of Islands easily accessible.

Additionally, you’re only a few hours drive from stunning Tauranga and the beautiful Hawke’s Bay regions.

Over the years, many international medical specialists have also made their way to Gisborne for the lifestyle, particularly those from the UK, Scandinavia and the USA. This means that along with the experienced Kiwi Specialists, there is also a wealth of medical expertise from all over the world for you to tap into.

Find out more about Gisborne and the Tairawhiti region here.

Requirement for this role

To be considered for these roles, you will need to hold general registration or be eligible for provisional general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. There are different pathways for NZ and we can advise you if you’re unsure.

We can assist with the medical registration and work visa applications if you are successfully appointed.

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements, including primary source verification of your qualifications which was introduced by MCNZ 1st November 2017.

Primary Source Verification using EPIC

All relevant qualifications must now be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  We recommend starting this off as early as possible during the recruitment process, especially if you hold qualifications from locations outside NZ. Candidates can log on to EPIC and complete this step online very easily. Starting this as early as possible will prevent delays if your University does not respond quickly to verification requests from ECFMG via EPIC.

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.

For more details, please contact Leona Young at leona@headmedical.com with a copy of your CV, or feel free to call Leona on (0131) 240 5265 for a confidential discussion about these roles.

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