Psychiatry, Anesthesiology and Cardiology Specialists needed abroad
With nine years experience in the recruitment field, and over 400 successful recruitment projects conducted for hospitals in nine European countries, Vlad Sarca, the representative of a healthcare recruitment agency, conducts and analysis of the recruitment market in the recent years.
Which medical specialties are most sought after by foreign employers?
Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Cardiology and other branches of Internal Medicine
What’s the relationship between the recruiter and the doctor that intends to start his career abroad?
Our role is to accompany the candidate throughout the entire recruitment process and to assure that every step of the process will play itself out without any hiccups as smooth as possible. It’s quite complicated to move abroad and to get accustomed to a new healthcare system.
It’s important to help our candidates with the paperwork and also to prepare them for the changes to come. After they start working abroad we like to keep in contact and discuss about how they managed to adapt to the new workplace.
Last year, in which countries did Romanian candidates prefer to migrate?
Generally, candidates from Romania prefer the UK, Germany, France but also the Scandinavian contries.
How was the year 2015, for the international healthcare recruitment market, for the company that you represent?
The year 2015 was very similar to previous years. I can’t say that 2015 was in any way different.
Did the profile of the Romanian doctor that chooses to leave the Romanian healthcare system for employment abroad change?
No. The profile remained the same as in previous years.
How much does it take, from the moment you get an offer from a clinic, till you find the suitable candidate for the position?
Generally speaking, it takes about 2-3 months, but sometimes it takes far less!
Is there a subject, that when approached, it’s not clearly mentioned?
Those who seek employment abroad should always consider consulting a professional. It’s important to understand exactly what’s expected from them once they decide to make this change.
Some medical specialties are not automatically recognized by the foreign authorities (ex. Neonatology, Laboratory Medicine etc.) and in other cases they require extra tasks. For example, resident doctors have to take blood samples from their patients in Germany in many clinics.
How do you think the year 2016 will be?
Due to the fact that the main interest of the medical professionals has become quite clear over the last 9 years, I don’t expect any changes for 2016.
Did you have candidates that after some time spent abroad decided to return home? Why?
Yes we had. Some candidates just wanted a better residency program and decided to earn their medical specialty abroad. Other candidates had personal reasons and returned to their family back home. Some candidates just couldn’t fit in abroad.
What positive impact, does the return of a medic from abroad bring to the Romanian healthcare system?
I think that the resident doctors that return to Romania and become specialist doctors here, bring a lot of value to our healthcare system. These are the doctors that will be tomorrow’s leaders in the healthcare system and will slowly change the mentality from within the system.
Do you think that the systems mentality can be changed this way?
Yes I do. Once the generations will change ,so will the mentality of the system. Also, a lot of investment has been made over the past years and doctors have more and more access to state of the art equipment. But, in order to reach the level of the developed countries there still is need for much investment because the doctors are capable and have the desire to evolve.
EGV Recruiting interview for Digi24
Long lines in front of the stands at the medical job fair in Croatia
Thousands of medical specialists consider the jobs offered abroad by the recruiting agencies in Ireland, Austria Germany etc.
The medical job fair was organized at the same date with the medical strikes, thus more than 500 medical professionals , mainly doctors, from Zagreb, and 500 from other parts of Croatia have signed up for jobs abroad.
The lines in front of the job fair stands were long. At any moment, about twenty people were standing in line, some were talking, others kept to themselves, but everyone, as soon as they started chatting with the recruiting agencies fired the same question: What is the salary?
Salaries VS the cost of living:
The medical job fair was organized at the same date with the medical strikes, thus more than 500 medical professionals , mainly doctors, from Zagreb, and 500 from other parts of Croatia have signed up for jobs abroad
The principle is simple: recruiting agencies represent job vacancies and organize interviews with employers, mostly in Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Ireland. Organizers say, about 30% of the job applicants are going to work abroad.
"Fresh graduates and young specialists or residents are the most common applicants”. – tells us Kinga Buda (HR consultant at EGV Recruiting)
"Yes, I am interested in working abroad”, states a surgeon from a renowned hospital. ,,I don’t know where to have a fresh start but its clear that I had enough with not having decent equipment in order to work.” He also met a lot of his colleagues at the job fair.
The facts are simple. The financial bourdon is just too much to take after 6 years of medical school and 4 years minimum of specialization to still not have a clear future its just too much.
The situation can even break families apart. “Because of being in debt one of us must consider Germany while the other is interested in Ireland” states the family of doctors while their baby gently sleeps in the stroler.
“Well, Ireland aint that good, salaries for beginners are about 3000 euros/ month, but the cost of living is high. On the other hand Germany offers about 60000 euros per year, but the taxes are also quite high.
Licences are not an impediment!
The medical profession is one of the most mobile professions in the world. From Eastern-Europe to the Western-Europe; from the West Europe to the U.S and Australia, the global lack of doctors causes high demand for medical professionals. The world population is aging and the doctors are aging as well: in our country their average age is over 49 years. Medical training lasts long and it is expensive, for students and for the country. In our country to train a doctor the State pays about 40.000 euros. As for the doctors in the EU, Croatians will not be bothered with work permits even in countries where there are still some limitations to work. Employers organize and pay for language courses. Everywhere specialists are needed, especially radiologists, emergency medicine physicians, psychiatrists and anesthesiologists. - Oh, every doctor is needed - says Kinga Buda (HR Consultant EGV Recruiting).
Source of the article here: http://www.vecernji.hr/hrvatska/tisucu-medicinara-zeli-otici-a-nude-im-poslove-u-irskoj-austriji-624243
Impressions from the Medical Jobfair in Zagreb
First impressions from the Medical Jobfair in Zagreb Croatia as shown in the newsreel. Check out below a translation of this story!
At these stands, to healthcare professionals are being offered dream jobs.
Vlad EGV Recruiting:
We offer jobs all over Europe and the Middle East . The most interesting example is the Swiss offer for family physicians whose salary is 10000 euros a month.
The difference compared with Croatian salary is ?
I guess it's better abroad than in Croatia.
To work in Switzerland the foreign language should not be an barrier.
Many of the companies that are present today offer language courses in Barcelona and Budapest. They make it easier for the whole family to move abroad and offer as well help during moving.
Medical student, Katarina, is interested in working abroad , mostly in scandinavian countries.
Primarily because the conditions are such that we do not know whether we will get a specialization right after finishing college.
A large part of her colleagues have a similar opinion.
I am interested in internship, if nothing else , maybe specialization or something else , so we'll see .
For me the most ideal is Germany...
... where doctors are offered very attractive salaries.
Somewhere around 3,500 euros which is not attractive for the German doctors.
But for our doctors it is, so some are already packing the suitcase.
One hundred medical doctors asked for documents which are needed for working in the European Union.
Croatia has a lack of doctors, in whose education Croatia invests a lot.
It costs Croatia between 40.000 to 90.000 euros to educate a physician. This process takes between 7 and 15 years. So , we are talking about an very expensive and time consuming process. And now we testify a sad fact that these experts are being supplied to other countries as a finished product .
And such doctors could be more. That could certainly degrade the quality of healthcare and the rights of patients.
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Young doctors can apply for positions abroad at specialized medical job-fairs such as MedPharm Careers, a fair specialized in medical recruitment.
“We offer positions for resident doctors in Germany and for specialist doctors in Germany, Austria, France, Scandinavian countries, the Middle East and Switzerland, where the most interesting offer is for general practitioners earning over 10.000 euros /month. We help with the formalities regarding obtaining the Free practice right in the countries we recruit for.” States Vlad Sarca HR Consultant
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