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Hi I'm British and studying Medicine in Ireland. It's time to decide whether to apply for the foundation year back home or stay in Ireland and automatically go into the intern post - does anyone have experience of both systems or weighed up the same choice and ended up picking one?

A lot of people have said Ireland is all about who you know but it seems to take much longer to specialise in the UK and you need a PhD etc. Any help/advice would be much appreciated.
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Hi I'm British and studying Medicine in Ireland. It's time to decide whether to apply for the foundation year back home or stay in Ireland and automatically go into the intern post - does anyone have experience of both systems or weighed up the same choice and ended up picking one?

A lot of people have said Ireland is all about who you know but it seems to take much longer to specialise in the UK and you need a PhD etc. Any help/advice would be much appreciated.
I think the actual question you want to ask is where do you want to live. Have you friends/family in Ireland that it seems like home? Or do you travel frequently back ‘home’ to the uk?
Because actually if Ireland is never going to seem home, then your decision is made. However, if you are happy to see and settle then staying is ok.

Obvs you dont need a phd in most specialities in the uk, so i think you might want to investigate a bit more.
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I think the actual question you want to ask is where do you want to live. Have you friends/family in Ireland that it seems like home? Or do you travel frequently back ‘home’ to the uk?
Because actually if Ireland is never going to seem home, then your decision is made. However, if you are happy to see and settle then staying is ok.

Obvs you dont need a phd in most specialities in the uk, so i think you might want to investigate a bit more.
I love Ireland and the Irish people and I am also very English. Both countries have pros and cons. Ireland feels safer but less multi-cultural etc

I was speaking to a few doctors from the UK and they all said that a PhD was highly desirable and you're not competitive without one? - on the NHS health careers website it also mentions a PhD for many specialities.

I just feel like they're exactly 50/50 for me right now and I know a lot of doctors work in both countries so I was wondering if anyone had any personal experience of the differences between the 2 health systems and career progression in each.
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