Postgraduation Pathways in the UK for IMGs

Postgraduation (PG) in the UK is a long and diverse road for a doctor after taking PLAB exam or getting GMC registration in some other ways. It's a lot to think about after you've achieved GMC registration and started working in the UK. The lack of knowledge about the whole path ahead of you may land you in a situation where you tell yourself you could've done it differently.

Where do I start post graduation in the UK?How different is it compared to my country . . .

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Pooja SUTAR
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Pooja SUTAR

I’m undergraduate in india
Giving entrance…also want to try for UK

Jessica
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Jessica

I’m a Brazilian doctor finishing an internal medicine residency in february. Is there any way to skip PLAB and try to validate in my specialty?

oluseye fasanya
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oluseye fasanya

Hi Ibrahim, your page has been tremendously useful. I have a few questions for you. 1. Firstly, can an junior doctors do locums during residency training? 2. What is the average number of hours residents work per week including overtime? 3. How realistic is getting a Anesthetic training post? 4.… Read more »

Sameera
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Sameera

Hi Ibrahim! I’ve been reading your blogposts and they’re very informative.
I’m a first year MBBS student from Pakistan and I want to specialise in ophthalmology in the UK. Should I opt for MRCP after graduating or is there another pathway i should take?

K. Rukhsana
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K. Rukhsana

Hi, I am from Pakistan & I found information provided by you so helpful.I have some questions if you can clear that to me please. 1. I want to do Histopathology in UK, so do I have to go through same process as for clinical training 2. If someone is… Read more »

suraj kulkarni
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suraj kulkarni

Hi
I am an Indian citizen. I Hav e completed my DM in cardiology from king George medical university. I am interested in moving to UK. Should I write plab or mrcp.

eric
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eric

i have cleared MRCS (ENT) and MRCP part A. I wish to further my postgraduate studies in the UK. Considering the fact that chances of getting into core surgical training is extremely slim, would it be possible for me to apply to work in the UK as a non training… Read more »

Ishu
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Hello sir.. i have completed my MBBS and working presently in India.. I wish to do pg and get settled in UK.. I want to do pg general surgery and to become ctvs.. I am preparing to give OET exam then plab exams too.. I have no idea how will… Read more »

ksamuel
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ksamuel

Thank you for putting together a very informative and helpful website. I have a question. I am an IMG who completed his undergraduate medical degree in the Caribbean. I then proceeded to do a one year long clinical internship in India (im currently a registered practitioner in India.). Provided I… Read more »

igorota.com
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hi ibrahim! I’m glad I stumbled upon your post ,it is very informative , It clarified majority of my questions about PLAB and working in the UK however I still have a question I’ Im from the philippines,I worked as general practitioner for 3 years before training in OB-GYN ,I… Read more »

igorota.com
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thank you ibrahim for answering my query!
If I understand it correctly then I have to to do the following steps in order to become ob gyn in uk?..

take plab—LAS—have foundation training sign–apply for STI post?, is this correct? at what point can I take the MRCOG 1?

thank you once again..

mojahed
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mojahed

thank you dr ibrahim for informative post
i like pathway of training in german or any information about it

RAJESH
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RAJESH

Can a candidate with mrcp part 1 and 2 can apply for MTI and further find another job after 24 months of MTI?

Nadeem
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Nadeem

I graduated from my medical University in the year 2012, since then I’ve worked for a very short span of time on a regular basis. I had planned to clear my IELTS, PLAB 1 AND PLAB 2 within this year, but i came across certain guideline on gmc website regarding… Read more »

Katherin Carreno
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Katherin Carreno

Thank you for the info. I am doctor from Peru and I am in the Uk. I have been working as a doctor approximately 7 or 8 years. So what is my way???

Sudhanshu Saxena
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It is great explanation by you.
Sir I have completed my MBBS from India and soon going to persue my PG from india,what should be my approach to get an entry in United kingdom after my PG…
Will my PG from India help me when I give plab for entry in UK?

Minna
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Minna

hi ibrahim im currently left with 6months of intership in india i have afew doubts regarding moving to uk for my postgrad 1-starting from now am i in time to appear for november exams?? will i be able to study sufficiently? 2-whats better usmle or uk? 3-how difficult is it… Read more »

Omer
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Omer

H? s?r thank u so much for th?s great work.? am from turkey and ? could not find the name of my med?cal school at the l?st of WDMS wh?ch ?s a necassery for Register to GMC .?s ?t possible for me th?s uk spec?ality road ? What should ?… Read more »

Shah Zobaid
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Shah Zobaid

Dear Ibrahim Ivan Thnx in a million for all your wonderful and informative discussions. I am working as a registrar in renal medicine in Singapore . I cleared my MRCP. May I know how should I proceed for CCT in renal medicine in UK . If I opt for a… Read more »

gladysdianne
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Hello doctor! Forst of all, thank you for this very informative blog. I would like to inquire regarding the foundation training/internship requirement and the non training jobs. 1. Will the GMC be the one to decide if the internship done is acceptable? 2. If so, what are the requirements that… Read more »

Pranali Ashok Kerkar
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Pranali Ashok Kerkar

Hi Ibrahim, Thank you so much for an informative blog and helping any like me. I have a few queries. I have completed my MBBS in India along with a compulsory one year internship after. i have worked as a Medical officer for about One year and also gave MRCOG… Read more »

Vasant Patil
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Vasant Patil

Hello,
I have completed my EDAIC diploma which is an acceptable postgraduate degree in UK for GMC.
My question is “will I get tier 2 visa with this after having a job and COS in UK?
Regards.

Arindam
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Arindam

Hi Ibrahim , just needed one questions to ask! I am an 8 years old IMG form Bangladesh, living in the US and a US citizen. i have been living in this country for about 4 years now.I passed Usmle steps 1,2 ck & CS . tried Residency match ,didn’t… Read more »

Aicha
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Aicha

Hi.is it too late for a 55 years old doctor to find a job after full registration with GMC , I have been looking after my familly , now I am thinking to go back to work

Shahrukh
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Shahrukh

Hi i m a medical student of final year from pakistan I have few questions regarding plab ,it will be very kind of you if your answer them. 1) what is the chance of gettig residency in uk if i have to go for orthopaedic surgery ? 2)after passing plab… Read more »

Dr House
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Dr House

Hello.. Thank You for these precious information. I need an advice on run through specialty training (e.g paediatrics 8 yrs). Suppose i want to come to uk to train as a paediatrician and then go back to my country where i have to work as a junior specialist first then… Read more »

Mariel VillaBlanco
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Mariel VillaBlanco

Hello Ibrahim, I’m a general doctor from Costa Rica and I’ve work at the NHS of my country for almost 1 year now. I’ll take my OET in August and my PLAB1 in November and PLAB2 after that of course, what should be the next step into pursuing a specialty… Read more »

Pralaya
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Pralaya

Hi, I completed my training in general surgery (3 years) from Nepal and have been in practice for the past 2 years. I’m currently contemplating about appyling for a fellowship training in the UK. I’ve come to know that MRCS and IELTS clearance are required for GMC registration. My question:… Read more »

Saw Abd
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Saw Abd

In the picture where the doctor has internship only, on the right side pathway and after the competency form signed off, can i ask you whey you mentioned LAT specifically here? is it more recommended that LAS?

Abstract007
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Abstract007

Hi, I am a Caribbean IMG with Canadian citizenship, who wants to go into the UK system. I have cleared by USMLE Steps but the process is unsure. Currently, I have been delayed too much to enter the UK Foundation Program for this year in Feb 2019, since I was… Read more »

Tania
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Tania

I am an ophthalmologist from India. I completed my post graduation in 2016. Now i plan to work in UK. My queries are- 1. Should I clear PLAB or FRCS(Ophthal) to get a job? 2. In which of the above 2 scenarios are my chances better to get a job?… Read more »

Anna Valson
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Hi! My husband is a urologist and I am a nephrologist in India (both of us have 7 years experience in our respective specialties after postgraduation, i.e DM Nephrology and MCh Urology and have done all our training in India) and are planning to go to the UK for training… Read more »

Anna Valson
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Thanks for your advice Ivan. He would of course prefer to do an FRCS, but a bit worried about the time it takes. Part 1 can be done in March 2019, but Part 2, from what I gather, happens only once a year in January. Assuming that he passes part… Read more »

Erfanur Shuvo
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Erfanur Shuvo

hi ibrahim. my wife is coming back to clinical work after 7 year gap. she has started doing attachment after plab same way you suggested. she would like to start as fy1 to get her grip on slowly. do you know where we can find placements that are necessary to… Read more »

Raghav
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Raghav

Thank you for the wonderful blog,it’s so useful.I would like to know if after plab2, we are eligible for any gp jobs?lat or anything else?or it’s the hospital path only.thanks.

chetna
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chetna

HI, I would like to know if passing PLAB is a prerequisite to become consultant in the UK. I am an ophthalmologist who had worked a long time outside UK

Mark
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Mark

Can you please expand on what you mean by theoretically. What are the difficulties and what needs to be done for this route?

Tanya Gn
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Tanya Gn

Hi I’m Tanya from India have completed my mbbs in India recently have completed 1year of internship (2months in medicine) and (2month in surgery) is this eligible for full GMC registration or do I have to apply for FY1. AndI want to pursue my career in the field of surgery… Read more »

Izy Irabs
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Izy Irabs

Thanks Ivan. I thoroughly enjoyed your post. I am a consultant radiologist in my country, but presently working as a specialty doctor radiology in the UK. I wrote PLAB and don’t have MRCP. The CESR pathway looks so daunting. But if i choose to take that route (CESR) do I… Read more »

Dr. Piyali Podder
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Dr. Piyali Podder

Hi Ivan, thank you for this helpful post. I am a practising pathologist in India. I completed my 3 year MD pathology training in 2017. After that I did 1 year govt job as a specialist medical officer(pathologist) . Now I am working in private sector as a consultant pathologist.… Read more »

Chirag Advani
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Chirag Advani

Hello SIR, Thank you for such usefull info. actuallyi am from india and right now am 3rd year medical student[mbbs] in Georgia[Europe] I want go for PG in UK. Can you please guide me best pathway for that…like i should start preparing for plab exam?? or theres may be another… Read more »

Purba
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Purba

Hi your blog is simply awesome.. u have cleared all the doubts one can have regarding post plab 2 scenarios. I wanted to ask whether GMC is required to give FRCA(anaesthesia) exam? Can you please elaborate on eligibility for appearing for FRCA

Aman
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Aman

Hi, thanks for putting this website it’s very helpful. I have a questions – i graduated from medical school in 2015 from one of the Caribbean medical schools(acceptable to GMC on their list), i have worked as a clinical trainee, Telemedicine assistant, Clinical assistant in Canada. I don’t think these… Read more »

Nermeen Khashaba
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Nermeen Khashaba

Hi,thanks for this useful plog . I have a question : i already passed the first part of mrcog and had more than 5 years of post graduate training but i stopped working and took a maternity leave for almost a year …. will this clinical gap be a problem… Read more »

Kishan Bhalani
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Kishan Bhalani

Hi! your blog is very helpful. I have question regarding internship. I’m from India and have completed my medical degree from Philippines. I’m planning to have my medical internship of 1 year from another country probably-Vietnam/Bangkok. Do GMC accepts medical internship of country different than Studyland/Homeland? If accepts, do I… Read more »

rgk91
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rgk91

Hi Ibrahim!. Excellent website almost giving everything for an UK aspirant.Great work! I have few queries. I have completed by post graduation in respiratory medicine in INDIA which is a post MBBS degree here for 3 years. I have a few queries. 1. After clearing MRCP am i eligible for… Read more »

Ibrahim Ivan
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Ibrahim Ivan

As you’ve graduated from Iran, you will need to prove your English language proficiency either via IELTS or OET for GMC registration.

Akshay
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Akshay

Hi Ibrahim,
How difficult is to get PEDIATRICS training program in UK

Morsalin Sultana Mimi
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Morsalin Sultana Mimi

I’m in the last part of my Mphil in physiology in Bangladesh. Is there any option of doing career in physiology without doing PLAB?

Ayeshah
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Ayeshah

I am an undergraduate in india want to pursue my post graduation in OBGYN from uk so what path should i take if i take plab and get the non training job how would i get into speciality will the transition be tough and how much time will it take… Read more »

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