UDPATED: June 26th, 2023
The full question usually goes something like this:
I’m an IMG who hasn’t completed internship. Should I apply for FY1 (UK internship) or should I complete internship overseas and come to the UK for F2?
Answer: Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what is best for you. I can only provide you the information to help you make a decision.
Here are some points for you to consider:
- As long as you’re eligible for FY1, then you have a good chance of getting a job without needing to attend any interview.
- Starting from FY1 will mean you integrate into the system better and applying for specialty training after FY2 will be easier.
- The exams you need include IELTS with 7.5 in all sections or OET with 400 in all sections + PLAB
- If your FY1 year is due to start more than 2 years after your graduation, then you will need to undergo the clinical assessment as well.
- If you decide to complete internship overseas, you’ll have to attend an interview when you decide to finally get a job in the UK.
- You can apply for Standalone FY2 but you are not limited to this, you can apply for any other SHO level position as a first job.
- If you do complete internship overseas, just make sure it meets the GMC criteria for internship.
Now, I understand that timing can often be an issue for IMGs as FY1 only starts in August and the application process can take up to a year. The question then becomes:
Should I wait for FY1 or should I go ahead with internship overseas and apply directly for FY2?
To answer that, I’d say the exact same things as above and add the following:
- It’s up to you what you do in that gap year. It will have no effect on your application to FY1. Many have worked as healthcare assistants, phlebotomists, or even shop assistants.
- The gap between graduation from medical school and FY1 will also have no effect on your application to FY1 or GMC registration.
- The gap also does not affect your application to specialty training in the future.
It’s really down to you to do your thorough research of the pros and cons and come to a decision that’s best for you. Unfortunately, no one can really do that and make the decision for you.
I hope this FAQ has given you some ideas and concepts to think about. Best of luck on your journey!
- Read more about the latest 2024 eligibility requirements for FY1 here.
- Check out the salary and employee benefits of foundation doctors in this article here.
- If you plan to pursue specialty training after the Foundation Programme have a read of how UK training works here and the important concepts of the application process.