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Scottish IMG buddy system

 

"I'm very grateful to the Scotland Deanery for introducing the buddy system, for it helped me a lot in making a smooth transition to the UK and I'm very grateful for that to my buddy as well" - Participant in the Scottish IMG Buddy System

"Many places of Scotland were not known to me until I received email at Oriel that I have been accepted for training. While I was searching everything at Google, I was thinking that knowing any person directly could save much of time and find most appropriate answers. During this time, I came across "Buddy System" initiatives of NES and within short time they connected me with the doctor who is already working in the hospital and living in city where I was about start my journey. I feel privileged after receiving such wonderful support from NES initiatives." - Participant in the Scottish IMG Buddy System

 

The Scotland Deanery has introduced a buddy system to support those IMG doctors who are new to working in Scotland. Buddies will be doctors with experience of working in Scotland and will be able to offer support and guidance about living and working here. We aim to match doctors with a buddy in the same geographical area so that they can help to answer any local queries, for example about accommodation or the local hospital. If you have a particular request regarding your buddy (e.g. you would like to be paired with a buddy who works in Psychiatry) please let us know and we will try to meet requests where possible.

Volunteer to be a buddy

We are seeking volunteers to act as buddies to new IMG doctors. If you are able to volunteer as a buddy, please contact gillian.carter@nhs.scot stating your name, country of graduation, grade, specialty and current location within Scotland. Thank you for your assistance.

Sign up for a buddy

If you are new to working in Scotland and would like to be paired with a buddy, please contact gillian.carter@nhs.scot stating your name, current location within Scotland and any preferences regarding your buddy.


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