ExpatMD: Dr. Carmen Brown on Practicing Medicine in Australia and New Zealand

“I was over the encroaching EMR, I was getting to the office hours early just to do notes from the night before, staying two hours late … and I just could not see myself lasting in medicine for another 20 years” recalls Dr. Carmen Brown, an OB/GYN. She was experiencing burnout.

A vacation to New Zealand and Australia sparked a dream for a different lifestyle. A one year locums position in New Zealand turned into 10 years and a permanent move, split between New Zealand and now Australia. Over the years, she utilized her experience in both healthcare systems to help other physicians transition to practicing in New Zealand and Australia.

She shares her wisdom in her book ExpatMD: Your Guide to Living and Working as a Physician in Australia and New Zealand and through her full-service consultancy at ExpatMD.  She can help with navigating the medical licensing system, job search, interview preparation, application assistance for Board Certification, CV and cover letter writing, and relocation assistance. We have partnered with ExpatMD, so mention Hippocratic Adventures for a 10% discount on their services.

Enjoy our chat and learn more about what it is like to work in Australia and New Zealand!

Dr. Ashwini Bapat is a palliative care physician who attended medical school at Tufts University and completed residency and fellowship training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She resides in Portugal and provides clinical care through telemedicine.

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