General practitioners / family physicians provide primary care medical services to community based patients from clinics or surgeries. They diagnose and treat medical conditions, refer to medical specialists when appropriate, manage chronic disease and provide preventative medical services.
Enhanced skills gained by further training in specific clinical specialities allow general practitioners to provide some secondary care.
Rural Generalists are highly skilled GPs specialised in a broad scope of disciplines who provide primary and secondary care to rural and remote communities.
Odyssey recruits general practitioners, family physicians and rural generalists for locum and permanent jobs with reputable employers worldwide.
Qualifications for General Practitioner Jobs
A postgraduate qualification or board certification in general practice /family medicine is mandatory for a physician to obtain a licence to practice. Additional qualifications can be taken to demonstrate enhanced skills.
The most common qualifications from English speaking countries are listed below and are widely accepted in most jurisdictions. Qualifications from other Western European nations, Singapore and Hong Kong are also accepted in many countries. If you are unsure if your qualification in general practice will be recognised for a particular job application, please contact us for clarification.
UK| MRCGP and CCT : Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Certificate of Competion of Training
Succcessful completion of the MRCGP exams confirms that that the doctor has completed a 3 year training course in general practice after internship and obtained sufficient expertise to obtain the CCT and professional licence to work independently as a General Practitioner.
Ireland| MICGP : Member of the Irish College of General Practitioners
The Irish College of General Practitioners is responsible for the education, training and standards of general practice in Ireland and the Membership is attained upon completion of three years postgraduate training and passing the examination which permits the physician the right of independent practice.
USA | American Board of Family Medicine Certified
The board certification is obtained by passing an examination after completion of an approved three year residency in family medicine in the USA.
Canada | CCFP : Certificate of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
The certificate is obtained after completion of an approved family medicine residency in Canada or by a combination of training and practice experience.
Australia | FRACGP : Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
The College is responsible for the training, education and standards of general practitioners and the fellowship is obtained by examination taken after approved postgraduate training.
Australia | FARGP: Fellow of Advanced Rural Skills
This is a secondary qualification in advanced rural medicine awarded by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Australia | FACCRM : Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
This college is the only College in Australia dedicated to rural and remote medicine and it trains and supports rural general practitioners and rural generalists. Its is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for setting professional standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development in general practice.
New Zealand | FRNZCGP : Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
This college is the professional body and postgraduate educational institute for general practitioners and rural physicians in New Zealand. Fellowship is obtained by examination after approved training.
South Africa | FCFP (SA) | Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
The fellowship is obtained by a three part examination taken after three years of registrar training and the submission of a research component after the fourth year.
Applying for General Practitioner Jobs Worldwide
General Practitioners are in high demand for locum and permanent positions in urban and rural clinics and hospitals worldwide but scope of practice, qualification and experience requirements vary from one country to another. Contact our recruitment consultants for advice if you are unsure about your eligibility for a role.
Obtaining a Licence to Practice as a General Practitioner / Family Physician
Each jurisdiction has its own criteria for a licence to work as a general practitioner or family physician and our recruitment consultants will provide you with details for specific licence applications.
As a general rule you will need:
- Primary Source Verification of qualifications and current practice certificate from EPIC (ECFMG) or Data Flow (for the Middle East).
- IELTS Academic Module or OET proof of English competency (for English speaking countries)
- Three professional referees who will vouch for your competence and professionalism.
- A clear and concise CV which summarises your qualifications, professional skills, achievements and their relevance to the job you seek.
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General Practitioner Employment | Salary or Fee For Service
General Practitioners are either employed on a salary, often with an added incentive or benefits package, or hired on a fee for service contract where a percentage of the total fees earned is dedicated to the practice management. The former provides security and a guaranteed income, whilst the latter is more risky at the start but rewarded with substantially higher earnings in a well established practice.
In the Middle East, most family physician jobs are salaried with a benefits package which includes accommodation, healthcare and flights with 30 days holiday. A smaller number of jobs have an incentive package which awards a performance based fee split with the hospital or clinic owners, and limited benefits, usually restricted to holiday pay, travel and healthcare insurance.
In Australia, New Zealand and Canada, most jobs are fee for service where what you earn will depend upon the amount of work you do. The total fee income is then split on an agreed percentage basis with the clinic owners to cover the management costs. Fee splits range from 55/45 to 75/25. In Newfoundland Canada, there are salaried GP options with retention bonuses.
Most family physicians in Canada can generate revenue of $350K per year and hard workers can generate substantially more, some exceeding $1 million. Billings in Australia are similar, although in Australian dollars, and in the UAE you can expect a salary of AED 40,000 - 60,000 per month depending upon the employer.
MEDICAL, NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL JOBS
NEW ZEALAND, AOTEAROA, THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
SEARCH JOBS IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand, with its unique blend of Maori and European cultures combined with spectacular scenery, is one of the most popular destinations for global expatriates looking for a good work life balance in a safe, economically stable country with a relaxed and healthy outdoor lifestyle. It consistently ranks at the top in HSBC’s Expat Explorer Surveys and Mercer’s Quality of Life Rankings.
New Zealand also ranks highly in international comparisons, in education, protection of civil liberties, government transparency, and economic freedom.
The national economy is dominated by the service sector, followed by the industrial sector, and agriculture; international tourism is a significant source of revenue.
Over 30% of the land is dedicated to national parks and other protected areas. It is a land of soaring mountains, spectacular glaciers, picturesque lakes, volcanic plateaux and thermal wonderlands, as well as miles of glorious coastline.
KEY INFORMATION FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SEEKING TO PRACTISE IN NEW ZEALAND
Licence to practice: you will need to apply for a licence to practise your profession in New Zealand if taking up a clincal role. Our exprienced recruiters will assist you with the application.
English Language fluency: a good level of written and spoken English is requried to work in New Zealand. If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate English fluency by taking the IELTS or OET test.
Health: as part of the visa application process, you wlll need to demonstrate that you and your family members are all in good health. Most visa categories require a medical examination.
Healthcare in New Zealand: citizens and permanent residents are entitled to healthcare. All visitors or temporary migrants from countries who have a reciprocal agreement with the New Zealand authorities (such as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Jersey, the Netherlands and the UK) are also entitled to receive state health benefits. If you are from a country without a reciprocal agreement, you will need to purchase healthcare insurance.
Property Rental Agreements: The most common type of tenancy agreement available when living in New Zealand is a periodic tenancy that had no fixed time scale. Periodic tenancy agreements are terminated by giving three weeks written notice to the landlord. The landlord is able to end the tenancy agreement by providing six weeks written notice to the tenant.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
Capital City: Wellington
Other major cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch
Neighbouring countries: none although Australia is located north west and the islands Tonga and Fiji are north.
Political System: a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy in which the British Monarch is the head of state and represented by the Governor General. The head of government is the Prime Minister.
Major Religion: Christianity
Official Languages: English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Language
Currency: New Zealand Dollar NZD, divided into 100 cents. It is relatively easy for expats to open a bank account with proof of address and identification and ATMS and internet banking are widely available.
Time: New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT) is GMT+ 13.
Country Code: +64
Electricity: 230V supply voltage and 50Hz with three flat pin plug
Internet Domain: .nz
Emergency Contacts: 111
Transport and Driving: Cars in New Zealand drive on the left hand side and driving is often the best way to get around. All New Zealand cities and most towns have buses, and Auckland and Wellington both have city-suburban rail services. Ferries operate between islands and flights connect cities and larger towns.
LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of two main landmasses, the North and South Islands, and more than 700 smaller islands covering a total area of 103,500 square miles.
The majority of the cities are located on the North Island, whilst the South Island is more well-known for its breathtaking countryside and vast range of outdoor activities, such as bungee jumping, adventure caving, heli-biking and white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are other ways to enjoy the countryside though the diverse networks of nature reserves, country parks, beaches and walking tracks that cover a combined length of 551km.
HEALTH SERVICES IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand has publically funded medical care provided via 20 health boards, 15 in the North Island and 5 in the South Island. Each health board provides public health and personal medical and dental care.
There are four cities with tertiary healthcare services: Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. Outside the major cities, medical care is provided through a network of regional general hospitals with 10-350 beds and clinics.
New Zealand welcomes doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from all over the world.