How to become a doctor in the UK as an international medical graduate I The Junior Doctor

hello everyone and welcome back to my
channel today I wanted to take the opportunity to answer a question I’ve
had many times and that is how do I become a doctor in the UK as an
international graduate I wanted to go through the application process with you
today and just give you some more information about each component but
please bear in mind that I myself haven’t gone through this whole process
so I won’t be able to give you any more information than I already have in this
video but I’ll be sure to link websites and forums down below where you can read
up about the topic in your own time before we do any more explaining we need
to clarify a few things the first and most important thing is the GMC this is
the General Medical Council and essentially it is the organization or
body that gives doctors the license to practice medicine in the UK so
essentially if you do not have a license you cannot practice medicine here and
essentially the whole application process is based around getting this
license and then applying for jobs once you have that it is a quite complicated
process and it is different for everyone the second thing to clarify is an
internship so this is a time period just before or after you graduate where you
work within a public hospital with at least 12 to 18 months of work with three
months of that at least being in general medicine and three months of that being
in surgery so you need to get some sort of a certificate or a letter from this
Institute to define all the hours that you’ve worked and the days you’ve worked
so you can produce that as evidence so that’s the GMC licence and internship if
you don’t have an internship you’d need to apply for a provisional GMC license
if you do have an internship you can go on and directly apply for a full license
and I’ll go into what they mean as well the third thing to clarify is the Pete
a B this is the professional and linguistic assessment boards it’s an
exam that’s made up of two parts part one is an MC Cubase paper or I think
it’s based on computers actually and you can sit this overseas in the test
centers that are available on their website the second one which is part two
is an auskey this is where you have clinical scenarios with patients and you
have an examiner watching you this part of the exam is based in the UK in
Manchester so you’d need to fly out to the UK to sit this part of the exam the
fourth component is an English language test and this forms of two different
types of exams that you can take the first one is the IELTS and the second
one is the OE t the OE T is the newer exam and I think it came out in February
but you can sit either to prove that you have the adequate amount of English to
practice in the UK now that we’ve clarified those four things we can go
into the process so just to give you the basics a medical student graduating from
the UK applies for the foundation training program
so this is a two-year training program with the first year being called the fy1
and the second year being called in FY two and when you complete medical school
you get a provisional license and when you complete your first FY one year you
get your full license and then once you’ve completed those foundation years
you can go into training take up trust great posts or live training if you like
now if you don’t have an internship you’d need to get a provisional license
once you’ve done that you need to find an institute in the UK that will supervise you and sign you off
at the end of that year to basically confirm that you can have a full license
and are competent as a senior house officer or a doctor
that’s senior than a new graduate now I understand that most of international
graduates would have an internship and the rest of the application sort of
depends on where you’ve done your medical school so if you’ve done medical
school in an EU country or in Switzerland you’re less likely to be
asked to do the PL AP exam and you may just be asked to do the English language
exam once you’ve done this you’ll be given your full license and then you can
go on with the next part of your application if you’ve studied medicine
outside of the EU or Switzerland you’d most likely have to do the PLA B now I’m
saying most likely because if you do your application and the GMC feel as
though the curriculum that you studied in that medical school fits and a
graduate doctor in the UK and they’re happy with that they may not ask you to
do this exam but this is entirely up to them and it is something that you need
to clarify with the GMC if originally you are not an EU or Swiss national or
at UK national then you’d need to also look into having the right to work in
the UK so you need to apply for a visa and have that visa in your passport as
part of your GMC application down below I’ll link the website to the GMC you go
through a series of questions and based on your personal circumstances and it
will give you a breakdown of what you need to do and submit to get this
license so imagine now you have your license which is the most laborious part
of the whole process you then need to decide what you want to do I spoke about
the foundation program some of you can apply for the stand-alone foundation
year to the advantage of this is it’s part of a training program and so you’ll
be supervised and given teaching however there aren’t many of these positions so
it might not be likely that you get a place secondly you can apply as a trust
to grade SH oh so a trust grade means you’re not within a training program but
you’re just contracted to work as a doctor for that hospital you can still
work within a speciality but you won’t be in a official training program and
this is often the roots that international medical graduates take it
gives them time to get used their NHS build up their confidence build a
rapport and their portfolio and then they go on to apply for training
programs so some of these training programs are the core medical training
CMT GP training for general practitioners and a CCS which is for any
trainings and anaesthetic etc so that was a very brief overview on the
application process for being a doctor in the UK if you yourself have gone
through this process and I currently work in the UK please leave a comment
down below about your experiences exactly what you did the resources you
use and the pathways you took which will be very helpful to those reading the
comment section thank you very much for watching my video and I’ll see you in
the next one bye

85 thoughts on “How to become a doctor in the UK as an international medical graduate I The Junior Doctor

  1. thank you dear friend . can you talk about speciality training after having passed plab exam . thank you again dear friend .

  2. There are whatsapp groups for PLAB and IELTS exams. I'm putting the links for the one's who are interested in it.



    Good luck!

  3. Thankyou!!! I love you because this has been very helpful for me 😃. I’m now preparing my OET test and I’ll fly very soon to the UK to do it 😄😃🙏🏻

  4. wow I have been waiting for this video looooong timee
    I have a question. If I graduate from an EU country and I want to apply for F1 , Do they accept OET ?? Or not ??
    Thank you

  5. Thank you so much for this video. It really helped a lot. I've just started my 5th year (my 6th year will be my intern year I'm assuming) so when should I apply to do the IELTS? Also, what about sitting SJT? I remember you made a video about Oriel and on that page it talks about the SJT. I'm British studying in an EU country.

  6. Great video, im from London but currently studying in the Republic of Ireland, fortunately i won't need to take the PLAB exam.

  7. Thank you,however i need to do a provisional registration,but do i have to get IELTS first? And what kind of visa do I need to take for doing provisional registration?

  8. Thank you so much, can you give us more informations about how CAN a specialist doctor (oncologist) who studied outside the UE practice medecine in the UK

  9. I was studied my medicine in Kyrgyzstan I have no internship and I have no mci it is possible to apply foundation course what the process how much cost ??

  10. How to become a nurosurgon in UK. I am final year medical student . With low economic back ground. What are the exams I have write to become a nurosurgon. What is the pathway??
    Please tell me

  11. thank you so much for this video! I’m currently studying Med in Austria and I’m planning on moving to the UK after graduating from Med School. I’ve just had a look at the application programme and then somehow your video popped up in Google 😉 thank you so much again, and I hope you have a lovely day xxx

  12. Hi.Thank you very much for this video. I found it really helpful
    I'm an IMG from Vietnam and i have some questions about internship? Could you please answer me?
    1. Do we need to be supervised by a particular doctor while doing internship?
    2. If i work as a junior doctor for a public hospital (and get paid) during the time you've mentioned, can we call it an eligible internship to apply for a full liscence?
    Thank you in advance :))

  13. It`s very helpful video! But i have question. I am EU citizen but currently studying in non EU country, will i have to taken the PLAB exam ?

  14. hei! do you know if i can apply for a LAS FY1 with a full license? I'm a bit scared of going straight to FY2 without having experienced NHS first

  15. I am an Indian Medical student in Philippines. I am in my final year. I have no intenship in Philippines. Should I need to clear mci to work in UK. If not what is the process and visa type.

  16. Hi madam , I am graduated from China and I finished 10 months internship so am I eligible for plab exam… please can you reply soon thank you

  17. thankyou for the video doc…what is the process for doin residency in Uk and where can i get info about visa details and sponsorship

  18. i had done my internship for 12 months with only one and half month in general medicine alone and for 2 months in general surgery alone. paediatrics for one month, psychiatry for 15 days, community medicine for 2 months. will this be acceptable??

  19. Thank you for this wonderful video. Me and my wife are in our 50s.Yet we want to try giving PLAB and work in UK,do you think its feasible,is sane ? Do you think we will be accepted culturally ?I have other questions too,which i can ask later

  20. I have completed my mbbs degree 2years back in India and I would like to do md pathology in uk. What must I do? Do I need to do core training or fy2 for the same?

  21. Hello, i am Mod , this is great video and you are very kind to answer all the question here, i have question, i graduated ophthalmology resident in Laos PDR ( South East Asia) how can i work as ophthalmologist in England ? what route would you recommend, thank you every much

  22. Hello, please guide me the process for fy1 because I after graduating want to do my internship in Uk only. Is it possible if yes then how😀

  23. Thank you so much for this info! I want to go to the UK once I finish my studies and this video was very clear about what I have to do. I have one question, when you start the FY way, do you get paid?

  24. hallo Angel. pls clarify one doubt if you can: as an international medical graduate, after getting full licence with GMC, is it compulsory to do SHO training before doing a job as Doctor: if so, how long you have to do SHO training before you do the Doctor job?

  25. Hi there..I am about to complete my MBBS MD from Ukraine. Do I have to give PLAB exam? or just the IELTS ? Please reply….

  26. Hey! Is it compulsory for a international medial graduate to do FYI 1 & 2 if we have done 1 year internship from our coutry and cleared both the Plab examination.

    Like I am from india. Done my internship over here and cleared Plab 1 and 2. So I will need to do the Foundation year 1 and 2 or I will directly Get to 2 years core training programme?

  27. Hi, please I’d love to know, after passing PLAB1 as an IMG and you want to do the FY1, are there any fees to pay for application and for the actual enrollment into the foundation program?

  28. hello! great video as it was very helpful. However, i am a little confused with PLAB, INTERNSHIP AND THE FOUNDATION YEAR. I'm an international student in Europe and almost about to graduate medical school.
    1) I'm aware i would need to take the IELTS exam first but do i need to write the PLAB EXAM before doing my internship as i would love to do my internship and practice in the UK.
    2) Are the terms internship and Foundation year the same thing?

  29. hey ,thanks for your explanation ,i have question pls ,If i got mrcp part 1 with oet exam without plab can i work in Uk ?

  30. ezgi merhaba 😉
    bu videona yakında plab yerine geçecek ukmla sınavını araştırırken rastladım. acaba 2022de uygulamaya geçecek bu yeni sistem hakkında herhangi bir bilgin var mı? şimdiden teşekkür ederim 🙂

  31. Love the content ! I am a fellow youtuber also and international Medical graduate and I have been recording my journey to do the Plab exam and move to the UK. Just dropped by to say hey since I came across your channel recently

  32. Hello.. I’m a 3rd year medical student. Where do I need to do my electives yo be able to write plab? How many electives in home country?

  33. Ezgi merhaba
    Avrupada Tip Fakültesini bitirdim uzmanligimi Ingiltere Amerika veyahut Kanada olarak düşünüyorum bununla ilgili firsat buldukça araştirma yapiyorum eminimki sen orada oldugun için konuya daha hakimsin bana bilgi verirsen sevinirim..Hangi sinavlar uzmanliga daha çabuk ve kolay götürür eminimki sinavlar hakkinda kiyaslama yapmissindir fikrini almak isterim tesekkurler ;))

  34. Ezgi video için çok teşekkürler.
    Benim ecfmg sertifikam var usmle step1, Step2CK ve CS yi geçtiğim için. Plab ı almam gerekiyor mu? GMC nin sitesinde net bir bilgiye ulaşamadım:/

  35. I just got a band 8 in IELTS. I’m an IMG doing internship in India. I will write PLAB before finishing my internship here. I want to know if I’ll get paid for my FYs in UK, and if I can apply for postgraduate courses immediately after GMC licence. And what is the procedure to get the FY1 scrapped off, so that I can join directly in the FY2 after internship.

  36. I’m a fourth year MBBS student from sahiwal medical college .. me and my family has got the permanent residency in England so can I continue my remaining MBBS course in England?? Can I be migrated to any medical school in England?

  37. Hi, thank you for this video! I'm going to graduate in Italy at the beginning of 2020 and would like to continue my training in the UK. Still I'm uncertain of what to do next: should I get first a license in Italy or should I apply for the FP? Thanks 😀

  38. Hi , i am doing my final year Mbbs in philippines ,i gonna graduate in jan 2020.. i want to do my internship there in uk..wat should i do first??

  39. Thank you for this video ! My daugther wants to be an ophtalmologist and wishes to do her studies in uk. We are french, she was said that she has to pass the IELTS and the UKCAT befor applying . I don't understand how medical studies works, what are the différent steps ? And do hospital accept girl with hijab ?

  40. Hello, im from Poland and i want to study medicine in UK. Right Now im in 2 class high school. I want to write on polish ,,Matura” 3 A levels. Chemistry, Biology and English. And i’v got a question. Im not really good at maths or physics so that’s why I’m choosing English as my third A level. Do I still have a chance to get to any medical school with those 3 A levels?

  41. I have done my mbbs from Central America and in our med skoll we had done 2 years of rotation in all the majaor departments each for 3 months and minor each for 1 month and I m an Indian still I need to do internship in india and do I need to give liscence exam in india ?

  42. Hi it was very helpful thanks!!! ❤️ Im a year and a half away from graduating South Korean medical school, and it was not easy to come across relevant informations🥰 Im subscribing your channel 😌

  43. Hi..I am a doctor in Azerbaijan occupation is dentist…I want to remove to UK for preparations to be a dentist you know programs which they are helping to pass exams for permission to work there as a dentist or tu study there master degree of dentistry not bachelor…

  44. Thanks for the video. Please i have a question. As an international graduate do we need to do PLAB test before FY1 ?

  45. As an IMG do you need to need to do internship in the UK? Or is it ok to do internship in the country im from? Would it be easier to get a license if you take your internship in the UK?

  46. I'm an Indian and am thinking to do my medical schooling from Italy. So will I have to give PLAB for specialization in UK?

  47. I am a fresh graduate from abroad. I have the full GMC registeration. My degree was six years (MD Medicine) however I don't feel confident enough to go into F1 trust positions. I am, therefore, looking to get into clinical attachments but it's very difficult to find those. Any help?

  48. Hi thanks for the video, I would like to ask u that currently I’m doing my internship in India so do I need to do it again in UK after Plab exam

  49. Hey! I’m from Trinidad and Tobago. I have written my Mrcog part 1. Do I still need to write the PLAB exam?

  50. hello dr.
    i wanna ask that for imgs do we need to pay F1 and F2 tuition fees or college fees?
    if yes how much is it approximately?


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