It was great to welcome our clients, guests and speakers from throughout the medical and financial community to London for our inaugural International Medical Careers Forum on Saturday (15/10).
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who attended what was, in our opinion, a fascinating and hugely informative event which was unlike any other conference on offer. For those of you unable to attend however, here’s a rough overview of what you missed out on.
Proceedings started with a relaxed and informal lunch where everyone had the chance to meet other attendees and speakers. This allowed people to meet potentially crucial contacts within the industry, or just enjoy a conversation with the other medical professionals in attendance.
After a half hour long lunch the forum started with a welcome and introductory message from Odyssey’s founder Dr Karen Wilson. Dr Wilson outlined the format of the afternoon as well as providing some background information on herself and the company. Then came our first keynote speaker of the event - Dr Ameed Hameed.
A graduate of Baghdad University Dental School Dr Hameed now splits his time between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he works as the lead clinician at the Riyadh United Smile Centre. As well as this Dr Hameed - who was the international dentist of the year in 2011 - is also a director of the Saudi British Medical Forum and renowned as one of the world’s leading dental aesthetics clinicians.
Dr Hameed outlined the risks and rewards of working as an expat doctor in the Middle East - identifying the difficulties and frustrations that can accompany such a different way of life, as well as the many benefits of working in the country - and how to make the move as financially rewarding as you can.
Following Dr Hameed’s presentation was Dr Antonio Gallucci, an Italian working as a general surgeon in Al Moosa Hospital - Saudi Arabia.
Dr Gallucci’s involving personality and thorough presentation about his experiences as a Western Medic in the Middle East made it a hugely valuable (and enjoyable) watch.
After a Q&A session with the two medics section two of the forum followed - finance for the mobile professional - with tax expert Tim Keeley being the first to take to the stage.
Former HMRC tax inspector Keeley now works for London based chartered accountancy firm Numera LLP, where he is an expert in overseas tax planning. His presentation - which focused on taxation issues facing expats and the latest ‘non-dom’ regulations - provided crucial inside information on how to make sure that you don’t get caught up in any legal issues at home whilst you are living abroad.
His presentation was followed by Currencies Direct who provided a fascinating insight into how the fluctuation in the price of the dollar can affect the amount of money in your pocket. Currencies Direct, who are based in London, promise bank beating exchange rates and promise a safe, secure and hassle free way to transfer your money into a new currency. Their presentation provided some fascinating information that was new to almost everyone in the room, and really helped those in attendance understand how to make the most out of their cash.
This was followed by a Q&A and a networking coffee break, before we returned for the final part of the conference - making the move itself.
Rula and Mark from Santa Fe Relocation Services explained how best to prepare to relocate, before Sue Anderson MBE identified the benefits of choosing a British boarding school for your children whilst you work abroad.
The event ended with Santa Fe’s Natasha and Monika identifying the different issues that can come with the immigration process, along with their advice on how they can help to remove the stress from a move abroad. Covering everything from packing valuable objects, to helping you settle in when you have made the move.
Highlights and photographs from the event will be on the website and social media pages soon, and preparation is already underway for our next event - which we hope can be even better!
Did you attend #IMedCF? We’d love to hear from you, let us know what you thought of everything, and if there’s anything you’d like to change for future forums by getting in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or via email today.