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International Medical Graduate

International Medical Graduate

The International Medical Graduate (IMG) Training Initiative provides one possible route for overseas doctors wishing to undergo structured postgraduate medical training within the public health service in Ireland. The IMG Training Initiative enables suitably qualified overseas postgraduate medical trainees to undertake a fixed period of active training in clinical services in Ireland.

The purpose of the IMG Training Initiative is to enable overseas trainees to gain access to clinical experiences and training that they cannot get in their own country, with a view to enhancing and improving the individual’s medical training and learning and in the medium to long term, the health services in their own countries.

This initiative will facilitate participants to access a structured period of training and experience as developed by an Irish postgraduate medical training body to specifically meet the clinical needs of participants as defined by their home country’s health service. The period of clinical training that will be provided under the IMG Training Initiative is ordinarily 24 months, after which the overseas doctors will be expected to return to their country of origin. The Initiative is aimed primarily at doctors from countries with less developed health sectors and is not intended to lead to settlement in Ireland.

Training under this initiative can be provided in clinical departments approved for Training postgraduate specialist training in Ireland as long as the training position is incorporated into an IMG training programme that is tailored to meet the IMG appointee’s educational and training objectives and takes into account the needs of the health service in the doctor’s home country.

College of Physician & Surgeons Pakistan

The HSE signed an MOU with The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) in 2011 to develop a partnership agreement for recruiting doctors from Pakistan to work in the Irish health service.

The purpose of this agreement is to permit Pakistani graduates to complete part of their training in Ireland. As part of this training, successful candidates will be supported in the ongoing development of their knowledge base and the enhancement of their medical skills and competencies within their chosen specialty. They will have direct exposure to the health system in Ireland and an opportunity to learn about alternative approaches to delivery of healthcare services.

Training is available in the specialties of Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. Structured training will be provided for 2 years in these specialties and this training will be recognized for training by the CPSP. Each trainee will have access to logbooks, exams, study days, assessments etc as with other trainees.

Co-ordination of communication between all the stakeholders is centrally organised through the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies and NDTP, HSE. During the 2 year programme duration each trainee is expected to rotate to a different clinical site each 12 months subject to them completing their annual assessment by their respective training body and feedback from hospital sites, the trainees then return to Pakistan to complete their training.

Please see below the recently completed documentary film commissioned by the World Health Organisation on Health Worker Migration by Rockhopper TV.

Background: The WHO and the Global Health Workforce Alliance are coordinating a project Brain drain to brain gain - Supporting WHO Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Workers for Better Management of Health Worker Migration. The communications plan of the Project includes the production of a short film on the issue of health workforce migration. It will report on the impact the WHO Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel since its adoption in 2010, focusing particularly on India and Ireland, two countries that are prioritized by the project.  The film highlight progress achieved since the implementation of the Code through the personal stories of health workers and will also include interviews with health officials and independent experts. I am attaching a draft project proposal for your information.

For Ireland 2 HSE/CPSP Scholarship Programme Pakistani doctors (Anaesthesia and Paediatrics) were selected for participation and interview in the film.  It is envisaged that the film will have multiple uses during the implementation of the EU funded project to build broad understanding of the issue.  It will be used as curtain raisers at project related events and will be marketed to major TV channels - BBC World, Al Jazeera, Sky News, CNN and Euro News as well as to national TV channels in Ireland and India.

Long - https://vimeo.com/157705589  (11 minutes duration)

Short - https://vimeo.com/157705590  (5 minutes duration)