The annual British Medical Journal Careers Fair took place in Islington, London on 17/18 October and a delegation from Alberta was once again on hand to meet and speak with physicians interested in relocating to live and practice in Alberta.
This year’s event was a little different than previous years in that more General Practitioners were in attendance than other Specialists which may be due, in part, to the current political climate with regards to primary health care delivery in the United Kingdom.
The Alberta booth as well as the Western Collaboration booth—a joint effort of the four Western Canadian provinces—had a steady stream of visitors during the two day fair. Physicians, medical students and their significant others attended both stands to find out why Western Canada and Alberta are destinations of choice for physicians looking for a change.
David Kay, the Executive Director of RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta, and Dr. Kate Reed, Assistant Registrar for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, presented a one hour session on living and working in Alberta as well the pathway to licensure to a standing room only crowd.
International physicians’ current level of interest in practicing in Alberta is high. Preferential tax treatment, professional supports, increased practice autonomy, work/life balance and remuneration were amongst the particular points of interest as well as career opportunities for spouses, the education system and the wide open “space” Albertans enjoy. Of course, everyone was also interested in the weather and what Albertans did to stay warm all winter!
Physicians were surprised and excited as they listened to the opportunities available to them and there has already been an increase in job seeker registrations on the APLJobs.ca website.
Qualified employers and job seekers are encouraged to check out and register on the new, provincial recruitment website; www.APLJobs.ca.
Photo: The Western Canadian delegation at the 2014 BMJ Careers Fair.