How to Get a Radiology Job in New Zealand

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Sarah Peddie

Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we help medical professionals find the perfect job for them in places where they want to work. We have some jobs advertised for Radiologists in New Zealand and we take a look at how you would secure a job in radiology down under in New Zealand. 

Working in radiology means you will be at the forefront of medical technology which gives you an exciting and varied career in clinical medicine, research and also teaching.

If you choose to stick with the profession long-term then it can offer you flexibility. You can be in control of when and where you work which gives you the chance to balance your work and your life.

What is Radiology?

Radiology is a speciality of medicine where images of the body’s organs are interpreted in order to diagnose disease. Radiologists have specialised training so they can interpret the images and give reports to surgeons, pediatricians, obstetricians and internists to work as a team and provide the best healthcare possible.

Is it the profession for you?

To become a radiologist, you must have an eye for detail so you can be as accurate and careful as possible with diagnosing patients. You have to be able to make good decisions and solve problems as you will assist other doctors and specialists in treating their patients. Excellent analysis and interpretation skills are very much needed for the profession. Good communication is also key for the role. 

How do you become a radiologist in New Zealand?

For medical professionals training in New Zealand, you must complete the training programme by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). It is a fiver year programme and gives experience across different environments and imaging techniques that radiologists need to be familiar with.

According to RANZCR, to be accepted into the course, a candidate must:

1. Have appropriate basic medical qualifications:

  • Be a graduate of a medical school recognised by the Medical Board of Australia and the Board of the RANZCR (or have successfully completed both Part I and Part II AMC examinations for overseas medical graduates in Australia) 

OR

  • Be a graduate of a medical school recognised by the Medical College of New Zealand and the Board of the RANZCR (or have successfully completed the NZREX for overseas medical graduates in New Zealand)

OR

  • Be a graduate of a medical school recognised by the registering authority of the country in which the RANZCR training program is conducted and the Board of the RANZCR

AND
2. Be fully registered as a medical practitioner by the registering authority recognised by the Board of the RANZCR, in the state or country in which the RANZCR training program is conducted

AND
3. Have completed at least two full years in an approved hospital as an intern/resident

How does someone not trained in New Zealand become registered in the country?

If you are an international medical graduate in radiology and wish to practice in New Zealand then RANZCR will be involved in assessing your training and experience. For this, you need to go through a specialist assessment to determine the comparability of the training, qualifications and experiences compared to specialists who have trained in New Zealand. You should apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for this. 

Are you looking for a radiologist job in New Zealand? Then, register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you secure the job you want.