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Chance of career post PRES (Pre-Registration Examination System)

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    Registered Users Posts: 1,751 ✭✭✭ Yellow_Fern


    I am posting for this for a friend. There is a lot of good info online about the PRES exam but I would like to know about career opportunities post exam? I have sensed a lot of negativity about specialisation opportunities in Ireland and I wanted to know how do people who make it through PRES fare career-wise? I presume they are a steep disadvantage to local or EU graduates. I am really asking for a friend who has years of experience in Asia but has poor grades in the medical degree. I understand the opportunities in competitive specialities are going to be near non-existent but is this the case in all? Even in General practise? Do some of these doctors stay in non-training posts for the rest of their careers?


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    Medical school grades don't matter too much when you have experience.

    General practice is actually a competitive scheme to get on to (as with all schemes this competitiveness decreased a bit in recent years but it's coming back up again when more applicants these days).

    It is true that there can be some difficulties for those outside the EU.

    What specialty would your friend be interested in?
    I've seen a good number of juniors go for things because they went for what they thought they'd get rather than what they wanted to do. Sometimes this was them not knowing what they wanted but it usually leads to them having to find a different path. Going towards interests is always a better idea.


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    RoamingDoc wrote: »
    Medical school grades don't matter too much when you have experience.

    General practice is actually a competitive scheme to get on to (as with all schemes this competitiveness decreased a bit in recent years but it's coming back up again when more applicants these days).

    It is true that there can be some difficulties for those outside the EU.

    What specialty would your friend be interested in?
    I've seen a good number of juniors go for things because they went for what they thought they'd get rather than what they wanted to do. Sometimes this was them not knowing what they wanted but it usually leads to them having to find a different path. Going towards interests is always a better idea.
    Thanks a lot for the feedback. She has about five years experience in A&E in a small hospital in Asia and loves that mixed hands on environment and indeed loves general surgery as well. General practise is very much a back up option. I encouraged her to try to broaden her skills and try to get some co authorships but I think this is not helpful for general practise, unless I am wrong.


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