International Medical Graduates in NHS & why there are so many ?

Looking at the way the world works nowadays, we are moving towards “quick-fix” trend, whereby , the old school style of doing things the proper way has given way in favour of getting stuff done quickly.

That’s how it has been for the medical education and training, western countries have long realised that, bringing in a fully trained doctor from a slightly underprivileged country incurs a fraction of the time, effort, resources and money needed to properly train a medical doctor at home.

All this has created a scenario where there is huge , continuous demand of qualified doctors all over the world in advanced economies or wealthier countries be it Middle eastern countries like Qatar or Emirates or western countries like United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or Ireland.

Once medical graduates come out of their medical schools in countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Malaysia, china, India or Pakistan, many have an Ideal, a teacher or a well respected consultant they know, who has honed their skills and progressed their career in Europe or Americas, publishes in international journals, tells stories about how advanced west is in healthcare innovations etc and, hence they want to come here for advanced degree as well. The prime drivers are quest of career progression, international exposure, better life style and financial well being .

In addition to being a general advice to all the junior doctors in NHS , this blog is also going to be about how this journey looks and feels like from inside, stage by stage , step by step . Since author’s first hand experience is pertaining to HSE Ireland and NHS UK that’s where most of the focus of this blog is going to be. Goal is to not only share experiences and offer advice about lessons learnt, but also to interact with the readers about their personal experiences and thoughts. So here it begins …..


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