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International medical graduate and locum orientation checklist

Orientation is the term used to describe the processes and programmes needed to enable an international medical graduate (IMG) or locum to familiarise themselves with working and settling in New Zealand. It is a process that goes beyond an initial induction to the workplace and may take several weeks or months.

Pinnacle's focus is on supporting sustainable general practice. Based on resources available through the Medical Council of New Zealand, this resource is designed to help you cover the bases and reduce the workload of forming your own processes.

There is no one way to induct and orientate new staff. Orientation should be adapted to fit your practice's culture and the needs of the individual doctor. This checklist, if you wish to use it, intends to give practices ideas on what could be provided in orientation sessions and manuals. The process you choose to use to orientate a doctor joining your practice for 1 month is likely to differ from that of a doctor joining you for 3 months or 12+ months. Not all ideas will be relevant to every GP locum's situation, so we encourage you to adapt this checklist for your own purposes. That might include offering a modified copy for the new doctor so they can drive their own orientation and induction programme and tailor it to their needs.

Locum websites

Below are locum websites we're aware of. If there are others you can recommend, please contact Dr Jo Scott-Jones so we can add these to this list.

NZLocums is a rural general (family) practitioner recruitment service that recruits doctors to work in rural general practice in New Zealand. NZLocums is a not-for-profit organisation. It is the only recruitment scheme of its kind funded by the Government to ensure rural New Zealanders have access to quality health care. NZLocums do not charge the practice recruitment fees or commission, however they do charge a payroll administration fee.

Ochre Recruitment
Ochre Recruitment cover all areas of Australia and New Zealand, providing medical recruitment solutions for private practices, hospitals, resource sector and defence in outback, rural, and metropolitan regions.

Medrecruit help clients from hospitals and clinics across Australia and New Zealand


For more information contact Dr Jo Scott-Jones, medical director.

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