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Jobs for Latin-american radiologists in Australia: what are my chances?

Discussion in 'Australasia and Oceania' started by Drblues, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. Drblues

    Drblues 7+ Year Member

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    Hello my fellow australian friends!
    I´m a radiologist from Brazil and I´m very interested in working in my field in Australia.
    I´ve already read about all the restrictions and requisites for a foreign radiologist to live and work in Australia, but I still have some doubts, that I hope might be clarified in this forum:
    1) What are the chances that a latin-american radiologist will be selected for a job in Australia? Do you know of any cases?
    2) Are all foreign docs sent to the outback, in far away area-of-need towns?
    3) Do any of you know about any website that gives tips and hints on the RANZCR Part II Exam? Any site that provides old exam questions?
    4) Are the international recruiting agencies trustworthy? Any recommendations on which agency to choose?
    5) Is there any website for foreign docs (or radiologists) there are attempting to work in Australia? Aside from doctorconnect.com, which I already know about.
    Well, I hope to have some help for my doubts. Any contribution is welcome!
    Thank you all!
    DrBlues
     
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  3. FunkyR

    FunkyR 2+ Year Member

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    Hi,

    I'm a radiology registrar in Australia.

    To work in Australia as a medical practioner (not just for training or a fellowship year with limited registration) there are the following steps:

    a) Sit and pass a basic english exam (IELTS)
    b) Have your medical degree assessed by the medical board - they only accept a few university degrees with instant recognition (eg UK, Singapore - mainly commonwealth countries). You may have to resit medical school in the worst case scenario (eg medical degree from timbuktoo from the University of love and peace) or sit the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams - basic medical exams. Quite hard from what I've heard as they test Australian Aborigine epidemiology and some other things you're probably not familiar with.
    c) There are a few concessions you can do take optionally (eg commit yourself to work in the country for X number of years) - that will favour your application to be approved. In fact most foriegn doctors ARE sent to country towns (unless you can prove your skills as a specialist are in an area of need according to the medical board)

    To get RANCZR registration likewise your specialist qualification is assessed by the college and if need be you may have to either repeat the whole training, do a year or two to get more experience and most likely sit the part II exam. THE RANZCR is very very strict about specialist recognition - even the UK Royal College of Radiologists qualification isnt good enough for instant recogniton. This is because in Australia they test general pathology in the Part II exam (in the US and UK they dont). This is a pain in the *ss.

    Info about the Part II exam can be gotten from the college web site www.ranzcr.edu.au - go to the education & training section. Past sample papers are available on line but unfortunately the main copies are the ones handed down from registrar to registrar every year - there is no website with past year questions otherwise. The CPD questions from the college website are also used in our exam.

    www.radiopaedia.org is run by some registrars from Melbourne - that site might have some info too.

    As for internal recruiting agencies I dont know of any. Australia is short of radiologists full stop. Once you get the Australian fellowship (finish the training) getting a job will be easy. Getting your training is the hardest step.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. Drblues

    Drblues 7+ Year Member

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    Mar 4, 2007
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    Hello FunkyR!
    All the advice you gave was very helpful! I also think that the pathology exam is an "excess" from the college!
    I´ll try to visit acess the website you recommended.
    Good luck on your training!
    Thank you very much!
    DrBlues
     
  5. FunkyR

    FunkyR 2+ Year Member

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    Mar 6, 2007
    Mmmm the path exam seems a little excessive but the chief examiner told me that it makes you a better radiologist so there's nothing wrong with a general path exam.

    Showed some questions to some pathology trainees and even they thought some of the things we get examined on are too detailed!
     
  6. sumina13

    sumina13 7+ Year Member

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    Mar 6, 2007
    hi there,
    could you comment more on UK MBChB graduates who want to work in AUS.
    i'm likely to want to do residency in psychiatry/neurology in AUS after graduating from med school in the UK.
    Do you know if that's any difficult? Do I need to sit extra exams?
    I'm interested in residencies where I can also do some research training. Would that be possible in AUS?

    thank you kindly.
    oh, by the way, are there other AUS med forums to check on information for internationals who graduate abroad to train and practice in AUS?

    cheers!
     

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