To all OTDs and aussie doctors,
I am trying to find some real answers about the medical residency in Australia. I am romanian (eastern Europe), I have graduated medical university back home in 2003 and now I am in Switzerland doing Surgery residency. The problem is I don't wanna go back to Romania and in Switzerland as in all Europe is very difficult to stay, as a foreigner and imigrant. I thought about Autralia. So, I wrote a copple of letters and I even got an interview (phone) in Perth for a basic trainee position. Because I hadn't the IELTS test the man said he will call me for 2007.
I know that I have to pass the AMC exams, once arived here if I want to obtain full registration, but that will not be a problem (I hope ). But I also understand that is very difficult to find a position later on, in advanced surgical training. How difficult will it be to contain surgey in Australia ? Is it true that in 2 years I could obtain permanent residence, if I'll pass the AMC exams ?
And I would like to know something about the cost of living and the quality of life for a doctor in Australia ? Because, here in Switzerland I have a nice salary (about 4500-5000 CHF/month netto, which is more than 5000-5200 AUD/month versus 3000-4000 AUD, as I heard for the salary in Australia) and young doctors, specialists can gain about 10000 CHF/month. The problems is that you find very difficult a nice job as a specialist and if you are immigrant, like me, is even more difficult. And here, I could obtain permanent residency after 10 years (and is the same in the hole Europe), seems is very long to me.
What I am trying to find is where is Australia as the standard life ? Is more like USA or more like Europe, even lower ? Because, in this moment Australia seems more easy to get (for me) than USA, although I know that in USA the doctors have the biggest salaries. And I was hopping that in Australia too, doctors are doing well.... Because in Europe is starting to suck ; countries like Germany and France are not what they use to be, and even UK and Switzerland are lowering....
So, what are you telling me to do ? What did you do if you were me ? Were you trying to stay here in Switzerland or try to go to Asutralia ? And do not answer me that I should go to USA, because that is not a solution for me, at this moment. And there is another world, for us europeans, America is like another world, cruel and very harsh life.... But Australia is wormer....
Many thanks for answering me,