This is one of the most common pathways for IMGs coming to work in the UK. It is suitable for you if you fit the following profile:
If you think you do not fit this profile or the pathway doesn’t sound right for you, make sure to go through the pathway finder tool!
Step 1. Obtain full registration with the GMC
You can open this account once you’ve passed your final exams. You do not need to have attended your graduation ceremony or have your certificate/diploma in hand.
1. EPIC verification of your Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ)
Step-by-step guide on how to obtain EPIC verification of your PMQ AKA your medical diploma or certificate.
2. Certificate of good standing (CGS) if applicable
Read the full list of requirements for GMC registration here.
For PLAB 2, it’s generally advisable to enrol in a prep course. These are the 15 things you should consider when looking for one.
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Step 2. Land your first NHS job
I got into Standalone FY2 using what I learned in the book Medical Interviews (get yours here on Amazon). This is definitely a must-read before attending any interview.
An article on how to find medical indemnity cover will be published in the future.
Step 3. Secure a training job
This includes 12 months clinical experience AFTER internship and the Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training.
Check whether you need to present a physical portfolio in the application requirements of the specific specialty.
MSRA is required for: GP, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Community Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (CSRH), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Core Psychiatry and Neurosurgery.
Step 4. Complete training
Once you are in your training job, you simply have to complete the requirements of your specialty. This will involve compiling evidence of your skills and knowledge in your electronic portfolio, passing exams, and undergoing an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).
If you are in an uncoupled specialty, you will have to apply for ST3/ST4 when you are in your final year of core training. For run-through programmes, you will not have to re-apply for higher specialty training as your progression is direct.
When you reach the end of your training programme, you will be awarded a CCT. You then use this to apply for GMC Specialist Registration which will allow you to apply for Consultant jobs. Or if you complete GP training you use your CCT to apply for GMC GP Registration then you can apply for GP jobs.
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