Our client in New Zealand is seeking to hire 5 Emergency Medicine consultant physicians over the next one year to work in a busy and recently revamped emergency department.
- Full time, permanent role
- Public Sector, secondary care hospital providing some tertiary services
- University city in the north island of New Zealand
- Excellent CME facilities
- Full support from junior medical staff
- Clinical and educational duties
- Requirement for FRACEM or equivalent specialist qualification
- Eligibility for vocational registration or general registration for locums with the Medical Council of New Zealand
You will be joining a strong team of 11 Emergency Physicians from New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, and South Africa, as well as 3 clinical nurse specialists and 1 nurse practitioner. The team is responsible for supervising 18 resident medical officers (a mix of registrars and senior house officers) as well as 6th year medical students from the University of Otago.
The Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 48,000 adult and paediatric presentations per annum, with an admission rate of around 30%. It is an Australasian Level 4 ED and regional trauma centre, and sees a higher than average trauma workload due to agricultural injuries from the many farms in the area as well as road accidents from the several state highways transecting the region. There is a trauma team that operates 24/7 and, working closely with surgical and anaesthetic colleagues, it has recently updated and refined the trauma and disaster protocols. There is access to all acute services on-site with the exception of neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and plastic surgery; patients requiring these services are transferred to major centres.
The department is accredited for 1 year advanced training by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and has a highly successful teaching programme for both Part I and Part II ACEM examinations. Each week there is protected teaching time, including time in the simulation centre, for registrars, house officers, and students.
This position is based at a 350 bed hospital in the Lower North Island of New Zealand. It is a secondary hospital and offers most medical and surgical specialities with the exception of Cardiothoracic, Plastic and Neurosurgery. It provides some tertiary care services. The hospital serves a local population of 170,000 but is the base for a regional head and neck oncology service which has responsibility for a population of 550,000 and draws patients from Whanganui, Taranaki, and Hawkes' Bay. The catchment area has a higher than average population of Maori and Pacific people, and the hospital is committed to achieving equity in health care for them.
The collegial relationships between departments are strong and consultation with other specialists is easy, either formally with multidisciplinary meetings or informally as required. There is an active postgraduate medical society and there are excellent clinical library facilities.
Situated in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, the region offers visitors and residents a unique mix of lifestyle by combining rural charm with the convenience of sophisticated living with all modern services and luxuries expected of vibrant cities, including a shopping plaza, a Globe theatrical centre, the Regent and Centre Point theatres, and dozens of hotels/motels. There is excellent primary, intermediate and secondary schooling, both public and private, mixed and single sex. Cost of living is reasonable, housing very affordable, and rural living with stunning views only minutes from town is very achievable.
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