I trained overseas, what do I need to do to work in the UK as a doctor?BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m396 (Published 03 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m396
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I read this article with great interest, yet I was a bit startled by the phrase
“Doctors newly arrived from overseas can sometimes struggle with the transition into UK clinical practice because some ethical, legal, social, and professional aspects are different from their home country. Robust information, enhanced induction, and appropriate support are the key to a stress-free the first job in the UK. Health Education England’s eLearning for Healthcare has a free ‘Induction for international doctors’ eLearning programme7 which will be a good foundation for working in the NHS”.
They mentioned that doctors from overseas may struggle due to different ethics and culture background but didn't propose anything, so I believe apart from the induction programmes and information regarding NHS and e learning programme, there are some additional aspects that need to be considered as you have moved into a entirely different culture:
1) Withstanding hesitance and feeling confident
Entering in an entirely new society can seem like being thrown into the deep end. So avoidance of reluctance, better articulation and feeling confident will be the key factor of survival. .
2) Good communication
Should be able to communicate effectively with your colleagues and patients, and should not be worried about the accent, as it will be different anyway. The tip is to speak clearly and articulately and pass on your thoughts and rationale.
3) Respect to patients and colleagues
Show your respect to others by being polite and using words such as “please” and “thank you.”
4) Controlling your temper
Try avoiding being rude to nurses or junior staff.
5) Try to mix with the local population
All effort to understand and respect the culture of the this country should be put together and it helps you to become confident and ultimately accepted.
Thanks and regards,
Sameera Khaliq, Hull University and Teaching Hospitals,
Competing interests: No competing interests