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Overseas doctors need more attention

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1369
  1. Rahij Anwar, Bexleyheath (
  1. Kent

    While looking for a suitable surgical senior house officer (SHO) post, I sent off nearly 350 CVs in response to job advertisements. I spent a couple of hundred pounds on photocopying and postage. My qualifications were as follows: MB BS, MS Orth (India), MSc Trauma (UK), and MRCS Part I. I needed a six month post in a surgical specialty to be able to sit the second part of the MRCS exam.

    Facing a visa officer is more frightening than facing an MRCS examiner

    I was not called for any interview until the last week of the job season. A hospital in Northern Ireland had appointed a surgical SHO who had backed out at the last minute. The hospital needed an SHO within a matter of days and approached a locum agency. I was offered the post, and accepted it, but in the end the countless number of hours that I had spent applying for jobs had been of no consequence.

    It is difficult to understand why hospitals ask for countless CVs and application forms when …

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