ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SAM HAZLEDINE GRADUATED as a medical doctor in New Zealand in 2003. Soon after starting practising, he realised that all was not well: many doctors were exhausted, disillusioned and just going through the motions; what had started as a calling had turned into a job that was draining them.
Many doctors were turning to medical recruitment agencies to help them f i nd the work they wanted, but agencies were caught up in an ‘Agency Race’ to be the first to send hospitals CVs when they advertised their vacancies. As a result, doctors’ CVs were being sent to inappropriate hospitals and they were getting work that didn’t suit them, while hospitals were not getting the best matched doctors.
As a result, 25% of doctors were leaving the profession within three years of graduation.
In 2006, Sam and his wife Claire established MedRecruit, a recruitment agency with the aim of enriching the lives of doctors across Australasia by partnering with them to achieve their career, lifestyle and financial goals, and provide hospitals and clinics with certainty in their staffing.
Today, MedRecruit, with a turnover of more than $20m (R242m) a year, employs over 40 staff and has offices in both Australia and New Zealand.