One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
It seems that I haven’t updated everybody in a while, so I am doing another mass posting or email. I usually write to everybody semi-individually, but I have been hitting so many roadblocks these days in my quest to become a medical doctor, that I’ve even lost motivation to sit and write about HUMAN or to update the people that I love and those who care for me.
On Thanksgiving this year, I got my work permit only to find that the HLK would not issue me a license without my language certificate. Not going into many details, I was able to solve this and got my license the following Monday and finally (after all those stories listed below) went to my employer (Ustanova za zdravstvenu skrb “Findri-Guštek”). Dr. Findri-Guštek then informed me that HZZO did not release any concessions for general practitioners in Zagrebacka county, which she applied for in August. So she suggested that I find another job. Great!
Since I was constantly applying to 3-4 jobs a day, a few days later I got a call from DZ Ogulin to come in for an interview on Monday (09/12/2013) and I accepted the job on Tuesday. Now it’s Wednesday and I went to MUP to see if I could transfer my EU Blue Card. According to the law, I still need a year contract, but ALL government medical jobs only give contracts for a maximum period of 6 months at a time. Case in point, my colleague is doing her specialization and has to renew her contract every 6 months. Reasons unknown.
Therefore on Friday, I will go see what’s going on. I will check out an apartment, sign my contract, and do things like a normal human being would. I will hope for the best, wait for someone to f*** me over, and be happily surprised if I’m not. So please keep your fingers crossed, pray for me, light a candle, rub a Buddha’s belly, find me lucky charms, etc. I hope I get to work in Ogulin. I have lost the will to fight for this and am just hoping for the best.
What About Ireland?
Well, I finally got a reply today and it seems that, like every other country in the world, I still need to hit that 2 year minimum experience to even start a specialization. So even if I gather enough money from my friends to pay for the IMC registration, I still need to work for another year in Croatia (the only place I am licensed) to get enough experience points to gain a specialization position in Ireland.
How Can I Solve This?
I need a permanent residency, which is impossible because I still believe in the sanctity of marriage. I am interested in someone, but I also believe in the sanctity of a relationship. Damn my high moral values!
The Other Options in Parallel
Since I can’t create a concrete path that leads me to being an internist and eventually running HUMAN, I also applied to this recently. I would love to also be a part of understanding God’s tech and curing cancer! So wish me luck on that one also!