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UK specialty training eligibility and experience limits for international medical graduates

UPDATED: March 7, 2023

You may have heard of “experience limits” when it comes to applying specialty training (residency) in the UK. What it means is that if a doctor has already exceeded the stated limits of experience, they will be deemed overqualified and therefore ineligible for training in that specialty. Or if a doctor has too much experience, they will be penalised in their application score or they will not be given priority for places.

In this article we answer some common questions about the limits according to the current guidelines. 

The experience limits for ST1 or CT1

The specialties that have strict experience limits are for first-year posts ie. ST1 or CT1. As of 2023, these are the specialties with strict limits of experience. If you exceed these limits, you will be deemed ineligible to apply.

SpecialtyMaximum experience permitted
Anaesthetics ACCS CT1/Anaesthetics (core anaesthetics) CT118 months in Anaesthetics
Cardiothoracic surgery18 months max. combined in the following specialties: Cardiac &/or Thoracic surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Cardiothoracic Transplantation by the closing date of the application
Neurosurgery24 months clinical experience (in any specialty) with no more than 12 months combined experience in Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuro-radiology, and Neuro-intensive care
Obstetrics & Gynaecology24 months in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ophthalmology18 months in Ophthalmology or Medical Ophthalmology by the interview date
Radiology18 months in Radiology
Surgery (core surgery)18 months in surgical specialties (Ophthalmology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology not included)

*If you don’t complete any part of the UK Foundation programme, then up to 12 months of surgical experience will be considered equivalent to the Foundation years and therefore exempt from the limit.

The timing relates to the start of training which is usually, but not always, in August. So if you’re applying for August 2023, you should not reach these limits before then.

Please note that the specialty limits tend to change from year to year. So it’s always important to make sure you are looking at the latest person specifications for the specialty.

Experience limits for ST3/ST4

There does not appear to be any strict maximum experience limits for ST3 or ST4 level training posts so you can still apply even if you have a lot of experience.

However, many surgical specialties usually have a desired maximum experience requirement. This means that the limits are imposed when there are too many applicants. If there are too few applicants, then the limits may not be imposed.

Also, in many surgical specialties, having a lot of experience can be a disadvantage in the application score because the more experience you have, the less points you get.


Specialty Maximum experience desired
Obstetrics & Gynaecology ST3 60 months in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Anaesthetics ST3 48 months in Anaesthetics or Intensive Care Medicine
General Surgery ST3 48 months in General Surgery
Vascular Surgery ST3 48 months in Vascular Surgery
Paediatric Surgery ST3 12 months at ST3 level (registrar level or above) in Paediatric Surgery, General Surgery, or Urology
Trauma & Orthopaedics ST3

No desired maximum experienced stated however the longer you’ve worked after internship, and the more experience you already have in Orthopaedics, the less points you will get in your application.

You can review the application score calculations here.


No desired maximum experienced stated however if you have less than 5 months or more than 30 months experience in ENT, then you will get 0 out of 20 points in this section of the application.

You can review the application score calculations here.


If your specialty is not listed here, you can check what the maximum desired experience is in the Person Specifications of that specialty.

What counts towards the experience limits?

Any clinical experience anywhere in the world as a doctor after internship, outside of the official UK Foundation Programme up until the start date of the training programme is counted. This includes the following:

  • Residency overseas
  • Postgraduate training overseas
  • Non-training jobs overseas
  • Non-training jobs in the UK at any level (FY1, FY2, SHO, registrar, junior clinical fellow, senior clinical fellow, trust grade, LAS, locum appointment for service etc)

Some specialties exempt the first 12 months after internship from the experience limits however most specialties do not. To avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you do not exceed the experience limits through non-Foundation Programme jobs as much as possible.

What does not count towards the experience limits?

  • Medical school rotations
  • Internship rotations
  • Observerships
  • Clinical attachments
  • Official FY1 rotations in the UK/Maltese Foundation Programme
  • Official FY2 rotations in the UK/Maltese Foundation Programme ie. Standalone FY2


Doctor AB wants to apply for Obstetrics ST1 2020 which starts in August 2020. The experience limit for Obstetrics is 24 months by the start date.

He is applying in Round 1 which is in November 2019. He has completed 4 months of Obstetrics during a 12-month internship, and has 20 months of experience in Obstetrics after internship by the time he is applying in November 2019.

As of November 2019 (time of application), he is considered to have 20 months experience in Obstetrics. The 4 months Obstetrics experience during internship does not count towards the limit. 

If he continues to work in Obstetrics for up to 4 months after submitting his application, he will still be eligible for ST1 since his experience is 24 months in total which is still permitted.

If he continues to work in Obstetrics for more than 4 months after submitting his application, he will no longer be eligible for ST1 since his experience will exceed 24 months.

Why don’t all specialties have a limit?

In general, I’ve noticed that specialties with low levels of competition do not have experience limits. The specialties that don’t currently have any experience limits at ST1/CT1 level are:

  • Community sexual reproductive health
  • Emergency medicine ACCS
  • General Practice
  • Histopathology
  • Internal medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Public health
  • Psychiatry
At ST3/ST4 level, most medical or psychiatric specialties do not have experience limits while almost all surgical specialties do.

What happens if you exceed the limits?

You can still become a UK recognised Consultant, but through a different route. 

So if you are barred from applying for year 1 of training due to the experience limits, and you still aim to become a UK recognised Consultant, then you have 2 options:

  1. Enter training at a level beyond ST1/CT1 (usually ST3) and become a Consultant through the CESR-CP route (you will still be awarded a CCT in most cases) OR
  2. Don’t enter any formal training but prove that you have the equivalent skills and knowledge some who has completed formal UK training and become a Consultant through the CESR route.
If you are unable to enter ST3/ST4 level, then your next option to become a UK recognised Consultant is through CESR.

In the UK, CCT, CESR-CP and CESR are all equally accepted for entry to the GMC Specialist Register and therefore recognition as a Consultant. This is not always the case overseas. If you plan to migrate after completing your UK training, check with the medical authority of that country whether CESR is accepted.

You can read more about how the CESR pathway works here.

Related: CESR-CP soon to recognised as CCT

How strict are these limits?

Pretty strict. The specialties that impose experience limits tend to have more than enough applicants, so they have no problem rejecting applications from those who have exceeded the limits.

Does the first year after internship count as FY2 and therefore excluded from the limit?

It depends on the specialty. The rules for this are a grey area so it’s best you contact the recruitment office for your desired specialty directly so you have an official response.

Does CREST convert your experience to Foundation modules?

We’ve asked several recruitment offices this, and the answer so far has been no. Having CREST or your F2 competencies signed does not make your post-internship experience a Foundation module. Therefore, it does not remove your experience from the limit.

This is based on our correspondence with several recruitment offices. If you would like to verify or try to get a different answer, you can try asking them yourself. We have listed the contact details for all specialty recruitment offices on our Useful Links page.

To avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you do not exceed the experience limits through non-Foundation Programme jobs as much as possible.

My final advice

Avoid exceeding the experience limits as much as possible if you want to enter UK specialty training! 

If it’s not possible to enter UK training due to overexperience, then you can consider the CESR route instead, you can read about CESR here.

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77 Responses

  1. Hello, I am an IMG from South America, I did pediatric residency in the USA x 3 years after doing the USMLEs but now I would like to do Cardiology in the UK. Can I used my pediatric residency to get GMC registration and from then start internal medicine training to do cardiology afterwards. Please explain me the process.

    1. Hi there, you can’t use residency to get GMC registration although you can use the USMLE provided you have no significant clinical gaps since passing it, and you meet the criteria for internship. You can then then apply for jobs including Internal Medicine Training.

  2. Hi ,
    If I have 36 months of experience in nuclear medicine will it be considered as overqualified for radiology training at ST1 level ?

  3. Hi there, I have graduated medicine in 2019. I did one year post graduation internship and then worked two years as a resident doctor in Anesthesia and Intensive Care. During this time I finished my GMC registration and I am going to start my job in UK as clinical fellow in Intensive care medicine (ST3 equivalent job but non-training) this August. I have two questions;
    1- Am I overqualified for this branch or any other branches (surgical branches or ophthalmic surgery)
    2- If I apply for ophthalmology, what are my chances to get into this specialty in my first attempt considering the clinical experiences that I have. Do I have to have any experience in ophthalmology to be eligible for applying for ST1?

    1. Hi doctor, thanks for your questions!
      To answer:
      1. No
      2. Your chances all depend on your application score. Past work history doesn’t really matter to some extent. If you do well on the MSRA, have a good portfolio score, and do well in interview, then you have as good a chance of anyone else regardless of past experience. You don’t need any ophthalmology work experience to be eligible for ST1, but you do need to demonstrate interest by doing clinical attachments, passing the exams etc.

      For our general tips to improve your application to specialty training, please see this article:

      If you need any further guidance for CT1/ST1 applications, we do have a premium course that explains every detail in a step-by-step manner which you may find useful. You can read more about it here

      Best of luck!

  4. Hi Nick. I am currently 24 months in Radiology training in my home country. I intend writing the FRCR 1 next year. Do I have any chances of continuing residency training in the UK with FRCR 1? If any what do I need and which level do I apply.
    Thank you

    1. Unfortunately no, you won’t be able to apply for training but you can become a consultant through the CESR route.

      If you’re looking for one-to-one guidance for your specific personal circumstances, I would recommend booking a general guidance session (40 mins). For more details, please visit our page here.
      I hope to speak to you soon so we can come up with a plan and timeline that works for you.

  5. hi nick, does working in the accident and emergency department of a hospital in my country as a non training junior resident count as experience while applying for core surgical training in the UK

    1. Hi Namratha! It does not count as surgical experience so you won’t be overqualified for core surgery. Good luck with your application!

    1. Hi there, definitely check the eligibility requirements for the exam on FRCR website. Best of luck!

  6. Hi! I have 4 months experience as a general doctor in radiology followed by 19 months experience in radiology residency. Should I be applying for ST3 or ST2? How does one go about applying?
    Do I have to complete FRCR 1?

    1. Hi there! I’m afraid there is no formal entry point to radiology training at ST2/3 level. If any ST2 or ST3 jobs ever become available, I would recommend applying for both since the opportunity is rare. The most reliable pathway for you now to become a consultant Radiologist in the UK is the CESR pathway. Best of luck!

  7. hi,
    I’ve been working as a general surgeon in my own country for 10 years..Must I have CCT certificate or passing MRCS exams (A and B) is enough? If I must have CCT how can i ? thanks for help

    1. Hi there, what purpose are you asking for? GMC registration? Applying for UK training? Working in the UK below consultant level? Getting a consultant post?

  8. Dear Nick
    I am a recently graduated general surgeon in my country (passed a 4-year course of residency and got a final board). I will have another 2-year experience as a general surgeon until i can apply for the UK. Do you think i should apply for ST5-6 or lower?
    I did not see any detailed requirements for ST4 and above for general surgery here
    Also, I think I am not eligible for CESR as its rules are very tough and I dont wanna lose my chance and time.
    Thanks a lot
    Sincerely yours

    1. Hi Mohammed, there is no entry to surgery at ST4 or higher. Applications are only open for ST3, however you MIGHT be able to accelerate through training faster if you have a lot of experience and your training programme director agrees to it. Good luck!

  9. Hi Nick, greetings from India
    I have completed internship in 2015,then worked as a junior resident in emergency department, did specialty training in obgyn (dgo) 2019-2021
    What route to be taken, what exams to be given for practising and settling in UK?
    do shed some light on the cost of living and pay scale of trainees in UK as well
    thanks 🙂

  10. Hi Nick,

    Thank you very much for all the information you share with us.

    I have a one-year internship in my home country, then I moved to Japan and took a Ph.D. degree in Medical Sciences, Dermatology Department. I was hired as a researcher in this same department for 9 months, and I could receive a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in the same department which will end by 2023. I would like to prepare myself during the 2-year period for UK residency training in Dermatology, however, I am afraid to be considered over-qualified. Would you please advise me on how to proceed with the UK residency and which route is best suitable in my case?
    By the way, my Ph.H. study was research/ lab-based, not clinical at all. So, I actually don’t have any clinical experience in Dermatology. Thanks a lot in advance.

    1. Hi there! Dermatology doesn’t have any experience limits so no need to worry about that. Dermatology training in the UK is 4 years long, and that’s after you complete 1 year after internship, and 2 years internal medicine training. Please see the Dermatology pathway here, you’d be on the CCT pathway 🙂 All the best!

  11. Hi Nick! Thanks for your great website. As of next year 2022, I will have 1 year of post-graduation internship, and 3 years of surgical training. Does this fulfill the criteria for surgical SAS posts (as I’ve read they require 4 years postgraduate training, including 2 years in the relevant specialty)? Or does internship year not count as part of these 4 years?

  12. Hello,

    Your website has been very beneficial and I cannot thank you enough! I’d be grateful if you could help me understand a few things:

    1. I am currently a post graduate trainee in medicine from India that runs for 3 years. After finishing my PG training, I want to enter the CST programme in UK. Am I eligible to start all over by giving PLAB and entering a stand alone FY-2 programme?

    2. Will the deficit of three years post-internship negatively affect my chances of getting an FY-2 post?

    3. Will this deficit impact my CST portfolio in any way?


    1. Hi there! Thank you for visiting our website 🙂
      1. Yes, you can do that if you wish. Although it’s not necessary to do FY2 standalone in your case since you already have post-internship experience. You can apply for non-training jobs and get your CREST form signed then apply for CST.
      2 & 3. If you have been working as a postgraduate trainee in medicine then it would not be seen as a deficit.
      Good luck!! 🙂

  13. Hi Nick! Greetings from Malaysia.
    I have 6 months experience in general pathology and 18 months experience in forensic pathology. Can I apply training in Histopathology in the UK after I pass the FRCPath part 1?

  14. Hello,
    Thank u very much for all this information. Its a great help in understanding UK training system.
    After my internship, I worked in Anesthesia for 3 years. Its a non training job in my home country. So while applying for training am I overqualified for ST1 Anesthesia? Do they consider non training job as experience?

    1. Hi there, yes, non-training jobs are counted towards the experience limit so you will be overqualified for ST1, but you can work on applying for ST3. All the best!

  15. For ST1 Anaesthetic criteria, does ITU experience count in the 18-month experience limit? or is it solely theatre based, surgical anaesthetic experience?

    1. I’m not sure about that one, please contact the anaesthetic recruitment office to clarify and please let us know!

  16. Hello,
    I am working as a radiologist in my country. I did 4 years of residency training that i finished in 2019.
    I want to move to UK, but since i am overqualified to enter ST1. What are my options?
    Can i take my PLABs and start from the begining ( like FY2 or equivalent)? IS it possible for a foreign radiologist to take PLAB and start at the lowest step if he wants to do residency in another field (Except radiology)?? If its possible what are his options as a job?
    Thank you.

  17. Dear Nick, I graduated medical school in Greece and I am 25 months into specialty training in general surgery. There is no such thing as an internship here (a med school graduate starts specialty training directly after medical school). I wish to apply to neurosurgery residency in the UK. What pathway is suitable? Furthermore, If someone passes the MRCS exam in f.e., Glasgow, can he/she apply for ST3 posts in the entire UK? Lastly, where and when are the available ST1, ST3 posts announced and what is the application process? Where can I get help regarding the application process? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi there! You may still be eligible for the CCT pathway for neurosurgery via ST1. Please see more about it the applications including links to the official websites here:

      For ST3 posts, MRCS is just one of the requirements. Please see this article about it ST3 eligibility requirements:

      Please bear in mind that ST3 posts have been phased out for neurosurgery!

  18. Hey ! I have 6months postgraduate experience in cardiac surgery , then 18 months in general surgery and then again 1 year in cardiac surgery that is still going on ,all as a resident . would this be considered overqualified to enter UK surgical training in Cardiac or General surgery ?

  19. Hello,

    I have two questions:

    First, how is internship defined for each country?
    I am a EEU graduate and completed the initial single year (considered “general part”) of surgical training in my country? Will this count as internship or should I include it in my overall surgical experience?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. I would think that counts as surgical experience. Did you go straight into that training or was there another internship year prior to that?

      1. Hi,

        Thaks for your response! I am not sure if the final year of medical school in Europe counts as an internship (6-year med schools here). The year I mention above is the first year of employment after graduation and common for all specialties.

        1. It depends. You can check the GMC website here

          Click on the country in question and click on provisional registration.
          If it says “You can’t apply for provisional registration if you qualified in X” then regardless of whether you’ve completed an internship or not, you can apply for full registration.
          If it says anything else along the lines of “send us your certificate from ABC” then you need to show proof of internship to get GMC registration, this usually refers to an internship after graduation. You can contact the GMC for confirmation.

          1. >If it says “You can’t apply for provisional registration if you qualified in X” then regardless of whether you’ve completed an internship or not, you can apply for full registration.
            I can’t quite see why you think that, since the GMC website reads as a the other option for full registration:
            “Be a graduate with an acceptable primary medical qualification from a country outside of Switzerland or the UK. And be able to prove that you have enough clinical experience to practise medicine in the UK”

            The only way you can do this is having worked as a doctor right out of college not having done an internship.

          2. Hi there, this is specifically for EU graduates. This is not applicable to non-EU IMGs.

            The GMC gives full GMC registration to graduates some EU countries without the need to meet same criteria of internship that is used for non-EU IMGs. Their degrees are typically 6 years long, but graduates of those medical schools will tell you that the final year is not like UK FY1 or internship that doctors outside the EU have to complete and they often struggle in their first SHO level job in the UK because of the lack of FY1 experience.

            Hope that makes sense!

          3. Hi Dr. Tan, thank you for your answer.

            I myself did graduate in the EU but I really can’t find any official webpage that states that having done an intnership isn’t necessary for EU-graduates in order to be eligible for full registration.

            ¿Could you provide the source where you read that?

            I am very grateful for your help.

          4. Hi there, I’m afraid you’re not going to find a statement that says “you do not need to complete internship to apply for full GMC registration if you graduated from the following European countries.” You need to read between the lines. On the list of relevant European qualifications, you can see that graduates from certain countries are not eligible for provisional registration, meaning they can only apply for full registration. Some of those countries do not have an internship year similar to FY1 but they still cannot apply for provisional registration even if they wanted to, they can only apply for full registration.

            I’ve had several EU graduates contact me asking for help to apply for FY1 because they didn’t have anything like it and they don’t feel ready for FY2 or any less supported non-training job, but unfortunately the GMC have told them they can only apply for FY1 if they have provisional registration which they’re not eligible for. Hope that helps!

  20. Hi,
    I have two questions:

    1) I have had 7 years of postgraduate experience in general practice as a GP, but not in a specialty, in my home country. Does this count to the total experience limit for specialty training in the UK? (not for GP training)

    2) Do I need to have experience at the same specialty I am going to apply for? e.g. experience in Radiology for Radiology residency

    Thank you

    1. Hi there!
      1. No, because experience limits are specialty specific. If you’re not working in a specific specialty then it won’t count towards any experience limits.
      2. No, you can apply without prior work experience.

      Best ofluck!

  21. hi Nick,

    just wondering do you have an idea of how many seats are offered for the core surgical training every year ?


  22. Hi
    I have 3 years of General surgery experience and I have 1.5 years of neurosurgery experience but I am more inclined towards General surgery can I apply for General surgery specialty training after MRCS.
    Thank you

  23. Hi Nick, thank you for another useful article.

    I have a couple of questions regarding the experience limit for CT1/ST1:
    1. Does experience from WAST count towards the limit (since WAST is similar to a standalone FY2)?
    2. If we had time gaps to fill, would it be advisable to work in a specialty other than the specialty we aim to go to in the long term just to avoid the experience limit (i.e. if my long term goal is surgery, I’d get a non-training job in OB&GYN or internal medicine specialties to wait for the application and start date of Core Surgery CT1)? Or, would this make my CV/portfolio look like I’m ‘undecided/unsure’ about my life/decisions?

    Thanks a lot beforehand!

    1. Hi there!
      To answer your questions:
      1. The placements that they give for WAST are medicine or psychiatry, they do not give placements in any of the specialties with experience limits.
      2. Yes we recommend avoiding the experience limit wherever possible. There are other ways to build up your portfolio for your target specialty such as publications, audits, taster weeks, attending conferences and courses etc.

  24. Hello. Thanks for the info. Reading all of it, I think I ´m overqualified for the training. I ve been working as an ophthalmologist in the last 3 years and a half in Spain as a consultant. It seems my path would be the CESR. I honestly think that as I ´ m not used to the UK health system yet, I would feel insecure to do this path directly. Do you think it would be better to work as a registrar in my case and then apply for the CESR when I feel comfortable with the system? Thanks.

    1. Hi there, if you trained in Spain and hold relevant specialist registration there then you may be able to directly get a CCT. If you’re not able to register via CCT, you can go through the CESR pathway whether that be directly or after working in the UK for some time. But even if you are on the specialist register either via CCT or CESR, you do not have to start working as a Consultant right away. You can work as a registrar first and apply for Consultant jobs later on when you are more comfortable.

      Hope that helps!

  25. Hi Nick, I am an IMG graduated in 2018 and have been idle since then. I have recently cleared my PLAB and I’m looking for jobs in the UK. Which route is best for me to become a consultant in Opthalmology?

    1. Hi there! If you have completed internship then you’ll need to go through Pathway B for the CCT route. If you have not completed internship then you need to apply for the UK Foundation Programme and go through Pathway A for the CCT route. Please see our specialty guide for Ophthalmology. The most streamlined route is applying for Standalone FY2 when the applications open in January. If accepted the job will start in August 2021. You need to boost your portfolio in the meantime because you’ll be applying for Ophthalmology in November 2021! If you need more guidance do check out our Masterclass. Kimberly got into Ophthalmology as an IMG on her first application so she can definitely help you!

  26. Hello, I graduated 15years ago and am currently a principal medical officer in the Internal medicine department where I work (been there for 7 years). I never did residency. Am I overqualified to apply for a junior grade post in general/internal medicine? What kind of post would you advice me to apply for?

    1. Hi there, no you would not be considered overqualified and it’s not recommended to start with a senior post if you’re not yet confident and haven’t had any formal training. I would advise an SHO level job in a medical department to start with. Best of luck!

    1. You can check the maximum desired experience in the Anaesthetics ST3 Person Specifications. Links provided above.

      It mentions that they prefer applicants with less than 4 years experience in anaesthetics, but you can still apply and try.

  27. Hi Nick, If I have crossed the upper limit(experience) for ST3 /4 and I still want to go through CESR-CP pathway can I join at a higher level as in ST5/6 level or CESR pathway is the only option left for me.Thank you

    1. Hi there! Unfortunately there is no formal entry point to training beyond ST3/ST4 for most specialties, especially surgical ones. Some specialties may allow entry at ST3/ST4 level and then permit you to accelerate through training faster but there is no guarantee that this is possible. Also please remember that if you do not complete the minimum required years of training in the UK, you will get a CESR certificate anyway in the end, not CCT. The minimum number of years in UK training for most surgical specialties to get a CCT is 5 years.

      You can always try applying for ST3 but if your application is rejected due to over experience, then yes, CESR would be the only option left to join the Specialist Register and be eligible for permanent Consultant posts. Hope that helps!

  28. Hello Dear, I have completed MRCOG since 2019 ( all parts) and got GMC registration with an APS(approved practic setting) restriction. and I have also completed a doctoral degree since 2011 ( Arab board -doctoral degree- in OBS. and GYN.) and have experience as a consultant for about 7 years. and I am at the same time a university lecturer. So could you please guide me which option would be suitable for me? apart from CESR route (I see it very difficult).. regards.

  29. hi Nick ..hope you are doing well….i have completed my post graduation diploma in ophthalmology ( 24 months ) and currently i am working as an eye specialist for almost 10 months …so , i have almost 3 years experience in ophthalmology …so what would be the suitable option for me ? ….thank you

  30. Hi, is there any maximum experience limit for trust grade job as well for St1/2 level in obs and Gynae?

    1. Hi there, there are no strict experience limits for non-training jobs unless a job description specifically states this, which I don’t think any really do.

  31. Hello Nick, my country Ghana has a 2 year internship programme like the UK. Now if I move to UK after my internship in Ghana and take a stand alone FY2 post for 12 months, does that count as 12 months or 24 months post internship experience?

    1. Hi there, if your internship is 2 years then none of it counts as post-internship experience since all of it is internship. Standalone FY2 also does not count towards post-internship experience. So if you do the 2-year internship + standalone FY2, you will have no experience that counts towards the limit. Hope that helps!

  32. So i one has more than 3 years of experience in neurosugery from their home country and have a 1 year experience in neurosurgery, how to get in to neurosurgery training programme?

    1. Hi there, please see the section in the article above “What happens if you exceed the limits?” for the options. Essentially you will follow the CESR-CP pathway and apply for neurosurgery at ST3 level. You can read a step-by-step guide to the CESR-CP pathway here. Best of luck!

    2. I have 6years experience in ophthalmology in home country. Cleared frcs Glasgow part1.which ST level can I enter.ST1 shows overqualified.ST2 I don’t see any post.cant I enter st2 or st3

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