Before you embark on your road to the UK, you need to think about if your primary medical qualification (PMQ) recognized by GMC or not. If it is not, you may feel as though the sky has come crumbling on top your head as you think that you may not have any chance of going to the UK. I have known quite a few doctors who have succeeded in doing this and hence I’ve written this post describing the process.

DISCLAIMER: This is a general guideline as to how the process goes. If at the end of it GMC decides that your PMQ is not acceptable, you will have to ask GMC what your next step is.

What is the first step?

The very first step would be to check whether your medical institution is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. As you can see in the photo below my medical college is listed.

If you can find your institution in WDOMS, as a rule of thumb GMC approves of the PMQ obtained in that institution. Apart from that there are following cases where you might have to go through the PMQ inquiry process by GMC:

  1. You can’t open a GMC online account as you can’t find your institution in the GMC list.
  2. In rare cases, GMC asks for your PMQ inquiry after applying for GMC registration.

Opening a GMC Online Account

You must have started following this article – How to open a GMC Online account and got stuck in the portion where it asks for “Awarding Body“. Clicking the symbol next to it takes you to a pop-up page where you are asked to find your organization by “Organization Name” or “City Name”.

My institution is operational since 1962 (dates back to 1924), and on first search on GMC’s list I did not find it!

That goes to say that the search function there is not as intelligent as one of Google. If you are unable to find it in one search, then don’t fall into despair. Try it with different search strings. For example, Mymensingh Medical College is affiliated with Dhaka University. When I searched by ‘organization name’ with the value ‘Mymensingh Medical College’, nothing showed up but when I put ‘Dhaka University’, I could easily find the awarding body.

That’s my very first suggestion – SEARCH WITH EVERY POSSIBLE COMBINATION!

After many permutations and tries, if you fail to find the awarding body, then it’s time to take the step pf getting your medical qualification recognized by GMC(UK).

Starting the inquiry with GMC (UK)

Before you raise the issue you should first make sure that your medical college is not in this list – Overseas medical qualifications GMC does not accept. Then you write to GMC with your details saying how you were unable to open a GMC online account because you could not find your awarding body in the list. I would strongly advise to also attach screenshots from the WDOMS (as below) to strengthen your case.

The email address for GMC for general inquiry is gmc@gmc-uk.org

How to fill up PMQ 1 Form

The most dreadful part is when GMC sends you this form and asks for the needed paperwork to get your medical college listed. Don’t fret, we are here to help guide you through this. As of the date of writing this article, the PMQ1 form has the following sections:

  • Section 1: Document checklist
  • Section 2: Your name and GMC reference number
  • Section 3: Your primary medical qualification
  • Section 4: The name and address details of the institution that awarded your primary medical qualification (this is usually the university that your medical school is affiliated to)
  • Section 5: The name and address details of the medical school campus where you undertook your studies (if different to section 4)
  • Section 6: Names and addresses of other medical school campuses where you undertook your studies (if applicable)
  • Section 7: Your transferred credits

If you have completed you medical degree in one institution then you shouldn’t be filling out section 5-7

Section 1: Document Checklist

It is clearly mentioned that the GMC will NOT proceed to get your medical qualification recognized if the documents listed are not provided. Let’s have a look at what documents do you need to provide.

Copy of your PMQ Degree certificate

This is pretty straightforward. If you don’t have it – say you haven’t been awarded that yet – there definitely should be a way of getting a provisional degree certificate. Collect that and proceed with that. If your certificate is not in English you will have to translate that and submit with the copy.

Academic Transcripts

You need to provide the academic transcripts which mainly lists out which subjects did you study and how much you scored in the exams taken. Transcripts can be provided by the medical college you studied at or by the university it is affiliated with.

If you go up to your medical college’s administration office and inquire about ‘academic transcript’, I’m sure they will be able to help.

Clinical Rotations

It highly varies from one institution to another institution and also from country to country, depending on the course length. My degree provided was MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and it was a 5 years course. My first two years were academic and were taught only basic subjects – no clinical rotations. From 3rd year onwards apart from para-clinical subjects we also had to attend clinical rotations in clinical subjects.

The following are the stipulations for the document you need to provide:

Evidence of your clinical rotations completed prior to any pre-graduate internship (please do not submit any post-graduate internship evidence), including:

  • Dates of your clinical rotations
  • Number of clock hours completed in each clinical rotation
  • Location of each clinical rotation

Letter from your AWARDING body confirming:

  • The percentage of the course spent undertaking clinical rotations and that they formed part of the overall program of study
  • That they oversaw and approved any clinical rotations undertaken
  • That the clinical rotations included exposure to medicine and surgery

Here are the templates for clinical rotations– fill it up accordingly and get it signed by the authorized people of your medical institution. Please note, these are templates from my institution – if yours have something different just remember to follow GMC’s stipulations

Remember these clinical rotations ARE NOT from your internship – these are from your medical school years. DO NOT include any rotations from your internship – be it pre-graduate or post-graduate.

Course length

Letter from your AWARDING body confirming:

  1. the standard length of course in years; 
  2. the standard length of the course in clock hours (not credit hours); 
  3. the number of years and clock hours that you personally completed of that course

Here is a template for that letter – fill it up accordingly. Please note, this template is from my institution – if yours have something different just remember to follow GMC’s stipulations

Section 2: Your name and GMC reference number

If you don’t have a GMC reference number as you couldn’t open a GMC online account in the first place, it’s ok – you can leave that blank. Other fields are pretty self-explanatory.

Section 3: Your primary medical qualification

These dates are best collected from the administration office of your medical institution.

Section 4: The name and address details of the institution that awarded your primary medical qualification

It clearly also says this is usually the university your medical college is affiliated with. If you are confused – just look at your medical degree certificate, whichever institution it has awarded by should be at the top.

Other Sections

The other sections only apply if you have completed your degree in more than one institution. And those are pretty self-explanatory.

Remember this whole PMQ form applies when your awarding medical college is not enlisted with GMC. NOT invariably you will have to do it if your graduation involved two institutions, only when your awarding institution is not listed with GMC.

How to get overseas medical qualification recognized by GMC (UK)

So let me outline the whole step by step process of how to get Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ) recognized with GMC (UK) is outlined below:

  1. Discovering that your medical college is not listed with GMC

    This can be quite frustrating and if you find it at the eleventh hour this can potentially change the timing of your entire plan of taking PLAB exams.

  2. E-mailing GMC about this issue

    The first step would be to take screenshots of your medical college being listed with WDOMS and sending to GMC that you are not being able to a GMC Online account. As a rule of thumb, it will take 5 working days for them to reply back.

  3. GMC send you an email with the PMQ 1 form

    When they reply they will ask you whatever needs to be done.

  4. Fill up the form and attach all the documents asked

    This is where this article comes to help. Follow the templates and gather all the information and get it signed by the authority.

  5. Await GMC’s verification to be done

    GMC will email the authorities for confirmation. This is why your institution must have an official email – you can’t give GMC principal@gmail.com address. If your institution does not have it at all – then it is up to GMC’s discretion how do they want to verify.

  6. GMC’s final assessment

    After getting verified and everything been said and done, GMC will let you know about their assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

To conclude, please read more here – What is an acceptable overseas medical qualification and hopefully you will get this thing out of the way make your road to UK a sure thing.

Good Luck!

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58 thoughts on “How to get Medical Qualification (PMQ) recognized by GMC”

  1. Hi I’m studying medicine in nanjing university of chinese medicine , china 🇨🇳
    And this college has already listed in WDMS but on there one thing which Makes me confused that my university is listed since 1954-2020 and i took admission in 2017 and gonna graduate 🎓 in year 2023 so am i able to get ECFMG-EPIC verification?

  2. Thank you dr Ibrahim my university is enlisted in WDOMS but not in GMC system so I contacted them and they asked to fulfill my documents. We took 3 years of basic, 2 years of clerkship and 1 year of internship therefore do I need to send clerkship certificate and internship certificate to complete my primary medical qualifications requirements or just clerkship is ok.

    1. Follow as the form given by the GMC asks you to. No need to send anything extra – if they need anything further they will email you.

  3. Hi, thank you for this article. I have a question regarding studying in 2 institutions. My med school is located in china but due to covid we couldn’t make it back there and the school told us to stay back tome and spend the final year of internship back there, but there are no transferred credits because we had online internship exams , and also I wasn’t affiliated to any other university except mine despite completing my internship in another hospital. So am I still required to fill in the last section regarding studying in more than one institution? Thanks

    1. So you did your internship online in a different institution than your medical education? Did that different institution give you any separate accreditation or it is all under your parent institution? If it is all under the same parent institution then you don’t have to mention that you were in any other place.

  4. Hello. Thank you for helping with this article. My question is, in the course length confirmation certificate, is there any standard hours that are compulsory to attend?

  5. Mansi Srivastava

    Hello Dr.Ibrahim and Dr.Ibreez … It’s a great service that you are providing to society. God bless you both.
    My awarding body too was in WDMOS list but not in GMC so I followed your advise and recieved the set of forms to be filled. My doubt is regarding transcript certificate .. in one of your blog’s you have uploaded a transcript certificate from your own college which includes date of passing and all that details whereas in this blog about getting PMQ recognition you have posted one template of transcript certificate which is completely different and includes No. Of hours of classes held in each subject but then again in description of the same i.e. transcript certificate you have written that it also includes marks scored in each subject but there is no column for it in your uploaded template .

    Please guide me what data does a transcript certificate have to include if iam using it for PMQ recognition i.e. my college to get into GMC list. By the way I hail from India.

    You are both wonderful. Regards.

    1. The templates I have given here are the ones that was given to me from my medical school (which mainly focused on the education imparted on the total hours and my attendance) and a handful of doctors used this similar form to get their PMQ verified and currently working in the UK. You can also add another academic transcript which contains the results of the professional exams which was given to me from the university.

      But to get your PMQ verified you definitely need to use the one which explains the hours of education received.

  6. My college is enlisted in wdoms but not in gmc awarding body. After reading your article i came to know that to enlist any medical college in gmc awarding body i’ve to submit some documents. Among the documents to be submitted they ask MBBS certificate. If i submit MBBS provisional certificate will gmc grant it?
    (due to covid ’19 pandemic Convocation of Dhaka University is not taking place and don’t know when it take place” and without convocation varsity will not provide permanent mbbs certificate)
    for this reason i’ve to apply for provisional mbbs certificate..
    and regarding “University transcript” i’ve transcripts of 4 prof examination provided by Dhaka University to my college, will these do as University transcript or i’ve to apply again for transcript certificate to varsity authority??
    if you kindly help me in this regard

  7. Thankyou for your help .
    I am a medical graduate from china three gorges university.
    I am doing my internship in india now .
    I have only been awarded with my provisional degree certificate as of now .
    So can i attempt plab 1 with my provisional degree .

    And also we only have 1n 1/2 month in internal medicine and surgery.
    So please guide me on my above query

  8. Thank you for this article! I’m from a newly opened medical school. Can I work on this before taking IELTS or it is required to pass IELTS first before I work on my college’s recognition?

  9. Ehsan Jafari Moghadam

    Hiii, thank u so much for great articles. I’m studying at Pavlov university of medical science in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I am in 4th year and planning to write PLAB. But my university is in the list which GMC may accept it in some cases (so called ‘gray list’). I emailed them asking about the circumstances under which they accept it and they replied me that they can’t help me until i send them my graduation degree. And here I’m worrying what to do. Please help me out with this if u have any information about it. ????????
    I was able to creat GMC account but couldn’t finish the table for dates because I need to wait till I graduate.

  10. Hello my college is listed in WDOMS but not with GMC. One of my colleague has already given PLAB 1 but she by mistake mentioned the other branch of our hospital. Now when she realised it,she has already processed with all the required documentation asked by GMC and only the final step of confirmation from our hospital is left now.
    My query is that as her confirmation is almost about to get completed, after this will our hospital get recognised or only her application will be approved?
    I need to ask this whether or not should I also start with the same procedure or should wait for her confirmation so the hospital is recognised?
    I am sorry for my bad english. I hope I was able to clarify what I was trying to ask.

    1. If someone before you gets your college recognized, it helps all the subsequent students as they will be able to find it in the GMC list. If unfortunately you can’t then you will have to do it again.

  11. My college name is listed in WDOMS but not in GMC list. I sent them an email 10 days back but there has been no reply. Don’t understand what to do now? Please advise.

  12. HI.. Ibrahim.. great article.. My college is there in the World directory of medical school, also I have done my EPIC verification, what proof do I need to show in my PLab 2 visa application. As I am to apply for the later soon. Kindly answer. Thanks

      1. Thanks alot. Its really helpful. So if my institute is in WDOMS and I have my GMC online account as well , where my awarding body is mentioned, then I should be ensured that my degree is acceptable in UK, is that so? Thanks again.

  13. Hello, please could you clarify it for me, even though your awarding body was in the list of GMC, they asked for all of those documents from you ? My university is also in the list of the GMC. That’s why I wanted to confirm it.
    Thank you.

  14. My college is listed under the WDOMS but not in the GMC’s list. Following the process described on this amazing website, I wrote to the Gmc and they asked to send a copy of my PMQ. After assessing it they sent the PMQ1 form.
    When I joined my medical institute, in 2014, it was affiliated to University A and from 2016 it changed to University B. This is also stated on the WDOMS as former and current. However, on all my certificates, the name of the former Uni A is present, as I joined under it’s aegis.
    Does this mean i have to fill sections 5-7 ?
    Where do i mention this while filling out the PMQ or is it not necessary? Do i need to submit a letter stating the change.

    1. As you did not change the institution but the institution changed it’s name and also all your certificate is titled as the former one, my personal opinion is that it is not needed. But you can surely ask GMC and see what they say.

      1. The PMQ form says to mention evidence of clinical rotations completed prior to any pre-graduate internship only.As the website says, this means only the clock hours before internship. Then when will i have to submit details of my internship?

        1. Also, regarding details of PMQ, as I’m a graduate having finished MBBS with internship,I have 2 documents. One is the provisional medical certificate which was issued as a temporary registration certificate while i was in internship, and the final degree [permanent Original Degree] issued after completing internship.Which one do I submit?
        2. Do I have to fill the form and transcripts with a pen or get it typed?
        3. Is it important to mention GMC reference number on every page of the transcript?

        PS: Thank you so much for your support!

        1. Your internship is not a part of PMQ.
          The final degree which states you have graduated.
          Pen or typed – both will work. It should be legible.
          If every page has a space for it to be mentioned then yes.

        2. I’m currently filling out the PMQ1 form.
          1) In section 3, regarding dates of primary medical studies, what do i enter for the end date. The date I finished/passed my final medical exams or the last day of internship?
          2)Section 4: The name and address details of the institution that awarded your primary medical qualification (this is usually the university that your medical school is affiliated to)—-in this section i have entered the details of the affiliated university.
          3)Section 5: The name and address details of the medical school campus where you undertook your studies (if different to section 4)—-Do I have to enter the details of my college in this section? I have studied from only one medical college but it is different from the affiliated Uni. I suppose I don’t have to fill up section 6 and 7

        3. 1) Is your internship included in your degree? Does the outcome of your internship influence your graduation? If not, then it is not included in your degree.
          2) Yes, if that is the institution awarding your PMQ.
          3) Did you study in that uni as a medical student for some time and then changed back to their affiliated school later on? If not then how section 5 or 6 apply to you?

        4. -My degree states that i qualified the exams in March 2019 and in the next sentence it is mentioned that i have complete one year of rotatory internship. The date given at the bottom is june 2020.(the date of issue i guess)
          -I did not study at the affiliated university. I studied at a college that is affiliated to that University, the details of which( University) i mentioned in section 4. If suppose i don’t have to fill sections 5 to 7, where then do i submit the details of my college( medical school campus) address, phone number etc , because the GMC will try to verify the transcrips with the college. I was thinking to fill thses details in section 5 only.

        5. Then I think it’s better to give your school address in the awarding institution’s column. If you are in a fix please ask GMC for help.

  15. Hi.
    My college is listed under the WDOMS and GMC, but the name of the older university is given beside the college’s name. My university changed 6 years ago, and all my certificates have been awarded by the newer university.
    When I contacted the GMC about the same, they sent a PMQ form. What should I do about this?

  16. Hello,thank you soo much for information provided,kindly can provide a link to download the template for clinical roation,i tried fro google drive but i could not, may be need your permission.can u pls help me down load a template or send me on my email.i would be thankful to you.

  17. Hello, thank you so much for the information provided Mr Ivan,
    I was wondering if a sample could be provided for the provisional PMQ certificate, that would be extremely helpful
    and again, we appreciate your help

  18. My medical College is not listed in the WDOMS…
    *Is it necessary for plab/ORE?
    *if necessary ,, then how long it took time to complete the procedure ?

    1. Have you checked whether it is listed in GMC’s internal list?
      The quicker your medical school signs off and provides the necessary proof as mentioned in the article – the quicker it gets done. For WDOMS, please email them first.

  19. Indriyani Mangampa

    Thank you so much for the article, it is really helpful. I have a question regarding Academic Transcripts. I have one provided by my medical school that contains the subject I studied and the score for each subject, but it does not mention the hour. Should I ask the medical school for another document that mention the hour, especially for the preclinical/pre-clerkship?

  20. Dinesh Pawar

    GMC has sent me a similar form as my medical institute is not listed on GMC’s PMC awarding bodies list.
    Although my institute is listed on WDOMS. This is very frustrating situation for me right now as I was the student of foundation batch of my college (2014) in India and my institute doesn’t know anything about these procedure.
    What should I do?

  21. Thank you very much for always taking time to explain to us our must needed topics and questions…..I have always found it very informative and helpful,May Allah reward you abundantly Drs…..My university is already on the list of WDOMS….my question today is can I verify whether my institute is acceptable or whether or not it’s on the GMC’s list without actually creating a GMC account please?…
    I have just completed my internship(mine is a pre-graduation internship with the GMC acceptable pattern of internship;the whole program is 6 years with the last year as internship year before we can write our final graduation exams and obtain the PMQ).So i would be obtaining my PMQ in few months to come insha Allah.
    Thank you.

      1. Thank you very much Dr Ibrahim….I did as you suggested and fortunately I was able to find my university’s name in the awarding body section…so does that mean I don’t need to verify my PMQ with the GMC before I register for PLAB?

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