International Medical Graduates (IMG) constitute a significant portion of the medical man power here in Ireland. This group does not represent a homogenous group. It is comprised of doctors from different backgrounds ethnically, culturally, and even medically. Yet, they face the same obstacles when they endeavour to pursue their career. These obstacles range from immigration and Medical Council bureaucracy to restriction to higher training and career pathway programmes.
Sudanese Doctors Union of Ireland (SDUI) was successful in bridging the gap between the Sudan’s Medical Council and the Irish Medical Council and restoring back the recognition of the Sudan’s internship.
As a Union we are aware that we are not alone. Other IMGs from different countries face the same problems that our members face. We Overseas Medics of Ireland (OMI) asked us to share our experience and struggle with them we were quite delighted. Dr. Gamal, President of SDUI attended and presented our story and provided hints and suggestions on how to resolve the issue of internship. We also took notes from speech made by OMI secretary general, Irish Hospital Consultant Association (IHSA) President, and the Irish Medical Organisation(IMO).
Some raised the question on why Sudanese doctors have to part away from other IMGs? Specially that we face the same problems?. Sudanese doctors have the habit to get together and organise specially when they are abroad away from home. Historically these gatherings were linked to the main Sudanese Doctors Union in Sudan and some are perceived as branches. But most importantly Sudanese use these unions to try to elevate the daily suffering of ordinary Sudanese people. These intentions are usually translated into short training courses, free clinics, and providing expertise in subjects related to health policies. Sudan LifeBox project is an example of these activities. Planning, organising, and executing these projects from within a broad organisation such as OMI would be difficult. A good analogy is the OMI itself. It was established after the failure of the IMO to look after the interest of IMGs.
We, at SDUI, are reaching out to any organisation that would help to promote the interest of our members. There is much to gain from IMGs working togethers. The steaks are high. No one organisation can endure this alone. We are looking forward to fruitful collaboration between IMGs all over Ireland. Together we are stronger. Together we can achieve more.