Overview of Specialty Training in the UK

Postgraduate and specialty or GP training in the UK is the most important and penultimate step of a doctor in their career. It's every doctor's dream to be trained in some specific specialty, maybe in some specific region too. Life starts to get complicated with responsibilities and priorities regarding family and all when you reach that age and that's how a lot other factors start influencing the career choice too. That's why I would suggest to gather as much info as you can before you reach that point.

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win94
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win94

Massive thanks for creating the most informative blog I have ever seen. I have completed MBBS and internship in my country and passed PLAB 1. I want to get training in OB/GYN specialty. But I am still confused with the pathway although I found the image below whether I have… Read more »

win94
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win94

Then, I will have to apply for ST1 directly with no need for CT1 once I have signed my comptencies, right? Thank you so much indeed.

dr-dee
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dr-dee

let me see if i got it correctly….. in pediatrics if my certificate got accepted i can search for job offers at ST1 without a certificate for foundation competences???

dr-dee
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dr-dee

i meant my postgraduate master degree
so if i applied for ST1 non training job first, would it be easy to shift to training job????

Zhe Wang
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I’m a Chinese surgeon, if I could take part in the GP training pathway and become a GP in the future? How could I alternate certificate? First of all, Should I join the LAT after PLAB? Thank you so much!

mohit soni
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mohit soni

Should one prefer writing plab after mbbs or go for post graduation in india and then write mrcp exams and continue further?

Amna Malik
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Amna Malik

i have passed my MRCOG part 1 exam and now i am preparing for PLAB. can you please tell me that after clearing PLAB will i get direct training into OBGYN or will i have to start from SHO level. furthermore is PLAB necessary for me at this stage after… Read more »

Anthony
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Anthony

Thank you for this very useful bit of information. You have shed light on practically all grey areas. I am an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, trained (& working) in Kenya, with 2 years of experience post-training. a) If I followed the suggested pathway; IELTS > PLAB 1/2 > GMC Registration > Non-training Jobs,… Read more »

Dr.Musarrat Tasnim
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Dr.Musarrat Tasnim

Hello again Ivan vaia..so i will enter for plab after completing my Msc med in Canada? Dat degree will b counted as my fy2 eligibility? Thnx vaia ? ur blog is so rich with infos..so thankful i found ur blog!!!!

Minouvic
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Hi, thank you for this great article. There’s a part I wanna ask about, you said that IMG generally can apply only in round 2 ? Why so ? Is it a law matter ? Or does it have anything to do with PLAB test dates ? Because after seeing… Read more »

dineep arvind
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Sir. I am a post MD anaesthesiologist frm india. Can u chart out my route to consultant post in uk.
Dr dineep, Thrissur, India

Mostafa Elsayed
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Mostafa Elsayed

Do we still need 7.5 in each component in IELTS to apply for Fy2 LAT/LAS ?

Tony B Xu
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Tony B Xu

Hi doc, i echo et al readers gratitude. We are in debted to your good work, Roadtouk is a beacon shining the pathways into UK.I like your impartial effort in presenting.the info. I am writing to see your advice. I have always aspired to train in GP. i just missed… Read more »

Tony B Xu
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Tony B Xu

thanx again for your promptness.
following up my query regarding img path/s into uk gp training.
i will start with LAT/LAS into nhs.
how to improve my competitiveness for gp entry?
i appreciate your support.

T

Abdulrahman
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Hi, many thanks for your outstanding blog and explanations. Now as I understood in your post about the difference between PLAB and MRCP is that in MRCP you can start Specialty training directly without the need for Core Training. But in this post you say that run through specialties do… Read more »

Muneeb Mehraj
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Thank u sir for this amazing post .. After clearing my plab 2 ,in how much time i can get a job(work as a resident to earn good salary )and thereis another thing ,after completing my speciality programme ,then in india i will be working as specialist (like neurologist )..is… Read more »

Ahmedmaher
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Ahmedmaher

I would like to have your kind advice for my situation. I am a family physician from Egypt, finished my training in Family Medicine in 2012. I have the Egyptian Fellowship in Family Medicine 2012 and I also earned the International Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners as… Read more »

Ahmedmaher
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Ahmedmaher

Thanks dear for your detailed reply.

vishwapatel0710
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vishwapatel0710

Hello, I would like to know what type of visa would I need to apply for if I would want to do my specialty/ run through training in UK being an IMG?

Kelvin James
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Kelvin James

Hi, Not sure where to start from, but first thanks a lot for this informative blog. I am an IMG ( non -EU), I like to list my credentials in hope of getting good advice on what future pathway suits me. I am in entering my late 30s and am… Read more »

Kelvin James
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Kelvin James

I also like to add that all my clinical rotations during medical school were done in the UK NHS hospitals so not sure if that count for anything such as exposure already negating the need to do non-training jobs.

SAIBA
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SAIBA

Hey ! Thank you so much for this blog , it’s cleared more then many doubts So I’ve finished my medical school in India and that includes a year of internship Other then the IELTS , plab 1&2 followed by CT & ST , what would be the movement of… Read more »

Sanjeet Chaudhary
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Sanjeet Chaudhary

Hey There
Thank you so much for writing this.
I want to ask what if my specialty is only Round 1. As an IMG am i not eligible to apply in that specific specialty ever?

Asim Sohail
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Asim Sohail

Hey there, thank you for your help. I wanted to know if someone does internship in his own country (FY1), then gets a job as a SHO in UK for one year, gets their competencies signed, will it then be possible for them to apply in Core Medical Training in… Read more »

abod taraze
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abod taraze

HI
thank you and god bless you
i wanna ask about orthopedics, as i didn’t notice it in the above diagrams , so can IMG apply to it or not?
also other specialty like ENT as its not mentioned ?

h2mathew
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h2mathew

To get into a training position in the UK, it’s based on a lot of things. Would it be wise to get a master’s degree in medical education/ research after 2 years working in UK, and then applying for residency?

Nir
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Nir

Thank u for detailed explanation of different pathways.
I was wondering if completing MD from Bangladesh would in anyway help getting into a speciality training? Thanks

Supty
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Supty

Is there any way to get the certificate of competency signed from our own country of nationality ?

Kubrafa
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Kubrafa

Hello, thank you for this amazing blog! I am a little bit confused and i hope you can help me to clarify. I have graduated 4.5 years ago from med school and i have almost completed my psychiatry speciality in my country. I just cant understand which position should i… Read more »

Stunt_devil
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Stunt_devil

hello doc!! i had one question that i cant find the answer to.. after my mbbs and internship ,i have worked in different departments (internal medicine, anesthesia, icu) since 2014 but i have been working a non-clinical job since the last 2 years… in one of the blogs somewhere and… Read more »

Hameed Ur Rahman
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Hameed Ur Rahman

Can i get entry into speciality training through plab route?

susan osman
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susan osman

i have passed my oet exam ,i am specialist in cardiothoracic surgery , can i apply for GP training without plap

Prashant Neupane
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Prashant Neupane

Dear doctor, thnaks for this amazing website. I have completed OET and booked for plab 1. If i complete MRCS part 1 and part 2 within 2 years from now, will i be eligible for ST3 for surgical training? In long run (after 5 years) will i be able to… Read more »

Apurva Macwan
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Apurva Macwan

This is very helpful, thank you. I have one doubt though. After a non training job, if you want to get enrolled in a run through speciality what exactly is the procedure? Is there any exam for it? If yes when it has to be given? And how difficult it… Read more »

Fuzz Md
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Fuzz Md

i have completed my mch paediatric surgery in india-can i apply for a CCT gmc registraiton

Farhan Rasheed
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Farhan Rasheed

Senior clinical fellow is equivalent to what level?
Having 5 years equivalent experience?

Rubina Baloch
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Rubina Baloch

AOA,, can you simplify the GP training route stepwise ,its bit confusing. IS it like this , PLAB— GMC Registration—MRSA exams—-3years of training——MRCGP EXAMS——ENTERING GP REGISTER??

Gurukiran Sugur
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Gurukiran Sugur

Hi sir/ madam , just check wether its right pathway. I’m interested in doing pathology in UK. I’m currently preparing for IELTS Nexts steps – plab 1 – plab2 – run through training in ST – then clearing FRCPATH all parts exam during my ST,- then getting degree /consultant in… Read more »

Rubina Baloch
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Rubina Baloch

I’ve 4 years of postgraduate training experience in gynae in Pakistan , so if I get gmc registration and pass mrcog 1 , which level of non training job is best to apply at this stage Foundation level or speciality level? And to get my competencies signed as I cannot… Read more »

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