Over the last 24 months - or more- the SDUI EC has been following attentively with the Irish Medical Council (IMC) the issue of registration for Sudanese doctors practising/ arriving to Ireland. Below is an update.
. As you might recall, following a review of the registration process of overseas doctors coming to Ireland in July 2011, the IMC has labelled the internship carried out in Sudan (among 3 other countries) as non-equivalent to internship standards in Ireland, hence it recommended that doctors who carried out their internships in Sudan are NOT eligible for specialist higher training and will only be allowed to practise under the General Division Section i.e. non-training posts. This regulation came to effect in July 2012.
. Understanding the detrimental effect this regulation has on our members, the SDUI worked around the hour with the IMC, Sudan Medical Council (SMC), Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and other parties to mitigate this decision. A number of meetings , both in Dublin and Khartoum , were held with officials in all bodies involved to clear the misunderstandings and reverse the decision. At the end it was agreed on provision of clarifying documents on the particulars of the internship training from official bodies in Sudan to the IMC as requested by the latter. This was submitted on April 2013.
. A new council was elected to the IMC in May 2013, this was clearly a set back to our case as the new members needed time to familiarize themselves with the issue and study the documents presented.
. On the Council committee meeting on Monday 27/01/14, they recommended further clarifications on two of the documents submitted and hence adjourned taking a decision till that materializes.
Clearly this was a huge disappointment to all involved and effectively ruins the chances of many young ambitious doctors to enrol in higher training schemes commencing this year.
We in the SDUI EC however are committed to follow up on the matter and have already established contact with all involved parties back home to prepare requested documentation. We utterly understand the frustration and disappointment a lot of our members and colleagues are enduring as our feelings are similarly intense. However, we do believe that their will be light at the end of the tunnel and we will be pursuing all routes till we get there.
The SDUI calls on all its members and the wider doctors in the diaspora to show their support ... together we are stronger !
The objective of the day was to address the challenges facing doctors new to the Irish Health System, and provide a comprehensive overview of essential skills such as writing a CV, performing an audit, interview skills etc, and ease the administrative burden.
The day consisted of lectures directed by consultants and senior colleagues well accustomed to the pitfalls facing both current and future doctors. It was attended by newly registered junior doctors eager to launch into their fresh careers in Ireland, doctors who have already established in the Irish system and keen to advance their careers further, and the aforementioned senior colleagues, ever willing to share their invaluable experiences and offer their guidance on advancing in this demanding profession.
SDUI wishes to thank all the speakers at this point, for invaluable contribution, and we are ever mindful of the demands on their time. Following the seminar, feedback from our colleagues was positive, and we hope to have the opportunity to conduct similar workshops for our junior doctors in the near future.
Furthermore, the enthusiasm following the success of the workshops has inspired us to look into new approaches to support our juniors, and we are pleased to announce the initiation of the Mentorship Program.
This program is open to all newly registered doctors, and involves linking each junior doctor to a senior colleague in their chosen specialty, who will act as their mentor. The main aims of this arrangement are to provide one-on-one confidential advice and supervision on all aspects of career, based on individual strategies and aspirations.
We also recommend the formation of a “six monthly plan”- goals as agreed between mentors and junior doctors, and frequent reviews to ensure its implementation and achievement. The fundamental purpose of this initiative is to aid the career progression of our juniors by whatever means we have available to us. And to this end, we are open to more suggestions and proposals.
We are grateful to all our colleagues who have so far signed up to the Mentorship Program, and are confident in the hope that your time and advise will continue to prove highly useful. We recognize that many of our colleagues are now hoping to leave the Irish Health System and travel abroad to broaden their horizons. We acknowledge this decision, but would still encourage our colleagues to take part in the Mentorship Program, as it promises to deliver highly relevant skills and counsel, that will no doubt be of benefit to you wherever you choose to establish your career.
We once again extend our gratitude to our esteemed colleagues for their time and their effort. We would also like to thank Global Medics Ireland and everyone who participated in the organization of the day and all those attended and helped make this day a successful and productive event.
Khalil Gibran once wrote “And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue”. This is a sentiment that resonates loudly among the hearts of Sudanese men and women in Ireland.