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.