Vitreoretinal (VR) Fellow

Christchurch (Locality), Canterbury (NZ)
17 Sep 2019
17 Oct 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Our Purpose

The Canterbury District Health Board systematically plan, fund and deliver care to almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. The Canterbury Health System is a world leader in the delivery of integrated health care. Our main focus is placing people (staff and patients alike) at the centre of everything we do.

The Team

The service is friendly, helpful and very supportive. You will be supported to carry out research in the department. Your salary and benefits will be aligned to the ASMS Senior Medical and Dental Officers Collective Agreement which means your experience will be recognised along with a very generous continuing medical education budget.

The Role

The full-time, fixed-term vitreoretinal fellowship in Christchurch, starting as soon as possible, offers an excellent opportunity to expand vitreoretinal experience.

The timetable includes up to four theatre sessions per week - a mix of supervised and unsupervised VR lists, and an unsupervised cataract list. There are a mix of VR clinics, unsupervised fellow clinics, and medical retina clinics, plus two research sessions. Flexibility in the timetable allows backfilling of extra theatre lists when they are available. Supervision is excellent in all the sessions.

The VR fellow will be included in the VR on-call roster once they have gained adequate surgical experience, typically within the first six months of fellowship. This means being on call 1 in 3 as first on, with a supervising consultant as second on. Making yourself available for acute cases during any other days is recommended, as this will add valuable additional surgical experience. Depending on the fellow's level of surgical experience at the beginning of the fellowship, up to 300 VR cases are achievable during the year.

The Christchurch VR fellowship can act as a platform to go on to other fellowships in Australasia. Previous fellows have gone on to a second year fellowship in Auckland, and this is a link we hope to strengthen in future years. You can be assured the department will do our best to support you into another fellowship or a consultant post at the conclusion of your fellowship.

To be considered for this role you will need to hold, or be eligible to gain vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata
Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What's important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, our people enjoy access to, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you'll seriously consider joining us, but if this role isn't a good fit for you, please share this opportunity with people in your personal networks.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Tracey Sutherland - Recruitment Specialist. 


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