Increase your chances of a successful application for resident medical officer jobs - that is house officer and registrar jobs - in New Zealand
New Zealand District Health Boards are having difficulty bringing junior medical officers into the country. New Zealand is a favoured destination for international medical graduates looking for postgraduate specialist training or just an interesting and enriching experience of working in Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud, as the Maoris like to call it.
Each year tens or hundreds of house officers and registrars from UK, Ireland and Europe make their way across the world for a stint in one of the twenty district health boards which run the public hospital system of New Zealand. But the covid19 pandemic has changed the ease of travel and what used to be a simple formality of getting a licence to practise and booking a flight, has just become more complicated.
New Zealand has just closed its borders again because of a small number of covid19 cases and the District Health Boards are having some difficulties getting junior doctors into the country in time to start work and so they have decided to prioritise the candidates with the EPIC Report complete and MIQ place booked.
We shall take a look at these two requirements: EPIC and MIQ
1: EPIC Report
2. MIQ - Managed Isolation and Quarantine
People entering New Zealand must stay in managed isolation or quarantine to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Only a small group of people are exempt from being in managed isolation and that consists mostly of people with medical exemptions, so most essential workers, including doctors, need to complete the compulsory quarantine on arrival. This lasts 14 days.
However there is a shortage of rooms right now and facilities are booked up weeks and months ahead so if you are considering moving to New Zealand to start work, you will need to book your quarantine place for the two weeks before your intended work start date.
You will need to obtain pre-booked isolation vouchers. Your vouchers ensure you have a place sorted before you leave, and will help make sure your journey goes smoothly:
STEP ONE: Create an individual or family account
STEP TWO: Hold your isolation accommodation using the MIQ website
STEP THREE: Book flights and confirm your arrival dates
STEP FOUR: Print or download your Voucher and you will be looked after you once you arrive, and provided you with comfortable accommodation during your 2-week isolation period.
Remember, you should pre-book your isolation voucher before you buy your flights, so make sure you add it to your ‘must-do’ list.
Visit the MIQ website now to find out more and book yours.
This video explains the MIQ Allocation System
Once you have your EPIC Report and MIQ place, you are ahead of the competition and have a decent chance of being selected for a great role in one of New Zealand's superb hospitals.