Jobs fair to discuss how to halt medical ‘brain drain’

A conference to examine how best to stop our medical brain drain is to be held in Dublin next week.

The inaugural Irish Medical Careers Fair will take place on October 20 and 21 and will host more than 30 healthcare organisations who are looking to recruit up to 300 doctors of all grades.

The conference at the Clyde Court Hotel in Ballsbridge will hear from medical experts on topics around medical manpower management, including recruitment and retention of NCHDs, medical education, independent private practice, and GP manpower issues.

Attendees will also see, among others, presentations from Prof John Crown, a senator and consultant medical oncologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, and Dr Sam-Coulter Smith, the Master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

Among the line-up of speakers on the opening day will be Prof Orla Hardiman, consultant neurologist at Beaumont Hospital; Dr John Duddy, IMO vice-president; Prof Freddie Wood, Medical Council president; and Col Gerald Kerr of the Irish Defence Forces.

IMCF 2015 will see career workshops and seminars covering CV writing, interview skills, stress management, and general career planning run alongside a major exhibition of recruiting organisations from both Ireland and abroad, featuring such hospitals as Beaumont, Tallaght, and University Hospital Limerick, as well as health agencies from the UK, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.

Hosted by MPI Media, the publishers of Irish Medical Times, the fair will give doctors of all grades the opportunity to explore a wide range of career opportunities within a variety of specialities and locations.

IMCF 2015 is free to attend, but doctors must register at www.irishmedicalcareers


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