Job Applications

Note: this article is aimed at residents and junior registrars – a separate page is being developed discussing consultant job applications

The opportunities and pathways available to JMOs interested in anaesthesia can be a little confusing at first. Below is a list of some of the common positions on this journey. Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong career paths and something can be gained from any experience, no matter how unrelated it may seem to anaesthesia.

Options

  • Regional rotational schemes:
  • Other accredited positions
    • Trainees not on a rotational scheme typically need to continue applying for positions to progress through training – sometimes referred to as ‘Independent Training’ or ‘Non-rotational Training’. The positions provide the same experience gained by rotational trainees but without the ongoing job security or the guarantee of meeting training requirements (e.g. experience in obstetrics and paediatrics).
  • Unaccredited positions
    • Positions that are not accredited for training time with ANZCA are generally used as a stepping stone from residency to accredited training, and sometimes as a fallback option for trainees unable to secure an accredited job. They pay the bills and help maintain skills but do little to directly further your career.
  • HMO/RMO
    • It’s a requirement to undertake at least 12 months between internship and commencing anaesthesia training. In some regions it is standard to gain 24+ months experience as an HMO/RMO, commonly a general year followed by a critical care year.
    • Anaesthesia
    • Critical care
    • Other (General, Surgical, Medical)
  • Locum
    • To be useful enough to be hired as a locum in anaesthesia, one needs to be capable of safe and effective independent clinical practice. Consultant locum positions are common, however, opportunities for trainees are few and generally only suitable to those in their final years of training who can work with Level 4 supervision.
    • Locum opportunities in ICU and ED are plentiful and commonly undertaken by anaesthetic registrars and residents with an interest in critical care.
    • There are many locum agencies the offer these opportunities, e.g.
    • Agencies often offer referral bonuses. Ask your friends and colleagues or Contact Us to share the love!
  • Research
    • In an increasingly competitive job market, research is one way to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment. This can be undertaken at any level from student to fellow and in any field, though fields related to anaesthesia are likely to be looked upon more favourably (e.g. anaesthesia, intensive care, physiology, pharmacology).
    • Check out our Research page for more.

Tips

  • CV / Resume
  • Interview
  • References
    • Most applications require 3 references
    • Generally, the more senior the better
      • Ideally all should be consultants
      • Professors and heads of department are often more impressive, however, this only makes a very small difference and it is more important to have referees who know you well and have positive things to say about you
    • Most (2-3) should be practicing anaesthetists
      • This is not essential – people have successfully applied to the training program with 1 anaesthetist and 2 intensivists as their referees
      • Any non-anaesthetists would ideally be working in critical care (e.g. emergency medicine, intensive care, retrieval medicine)
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