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.

 

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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:

 

  1. Primary Source Verification of qualifications and current practice certificate from EPIC (ECFMG) or Data Flow (for the Middle East).
  2. IELTS Academic Module or OET proof of English competency (for English speaking countries)
  3. Three professional referees who will vouch for your competence and professionalism.
  4. A clear and concise CV which summarises your qualifications, professional skills, achievements and their relevance to the job you seek.

Register with Odyssey so that our consultants can advise you.

 

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. 

 

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Whangarei Northland New Zealand

The subtropical city of Whangarei is a thriving city with a vibrant arts community; a city of adventure, culture and natural beauty.

The Whangārei town basin is a sophisticated yet leisurely centre for eating and entertainment. Modern landscaping blends perfectly with colonial architecture to create a gathering place for locals, visitors and yachties from all over the world. 

As well as stylish cafes and restaurants, there are museums, art galleries and specialty shops. Explore the City Centre Street Art walk with 15 large scale art murals, the Hundertwasser Art Centre, and Wairua Maori Art Gallery.

The summit of Mount Parihaka is the highest point in the city. It was once the site of the largest Māori Pā (fortified village) in New Zealand. The excavations are still visible, and interpretation of the area is provided at the site, which can be accessed by a pleasant walk through native forest from the summit. 

 

Working as a Doctor or Health Professional in Whangarei 

Services you can expect:

  • Surgical 7 theatres each with own specialty
  • 7 bed Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit - Helicopter retrievals and transfers
  • 24 hour Emergency Department
  • Paediatrics - Paediatric Ward' Special Care Baby Unit and Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical and Disability Support - 2 medical wards including Dialysis and Coronary Care
  • Mental Health and Clinical Support - including 31 bed Inpatient Ward Maternal and Child Health - purpose built Child Health Centre
  • Maori Health Service
  • Community Health Services - located off campus in Whangarei and in the community. The services encompass Dental, Primary Care Nursing, Allied Health and Public Health Services
  • Radiology - the Imaging Department offers full radiology services (with the exception of nuclear medicine)
  • Clinical Support Services - Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Radiology, Social Work, Dietetics and Occupational Health
 

Advantages

  • Secondary care regional general hospital with tertiary support in Auckland 
  • Permanent and fixed term consultant jobs 
  • Accredited training and service jobs for house officers and registrars
  • Excellent CME and postgraduate specialist training available
  • Lower living costs than Auckland
  • 35 minutes flight to Auckland
 

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