advice from london deanery, GMC and BMJ

Discussion in 'MRCS Forum' started by sreen, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. sreen

    sreen Guest

    guys read these before making up your mind about coming to UK.these are from official sites

    and the remaining passage is from the General medical council website


    This factsheet is for all doctors who are considering taking the PLAB test. Please read it carefully. It contains important information which you should bear in mind before you decide whether to take the test.

    The information was updated in June 2004. If we make any changes you will always find the details here on the GMC website: we keep the site regularly updated.
    Although these and other notes on the GMC website do not carry legal force, they are likely to be the only accurate ones you will find.

    What is the PLAB test?

    Before you can practise medicine in the United Kingdom you must be registered with the General Medical Council. For international medical graduates who do not benefit from European law the first step is to gain ‘ limited registration’. This will enable you to practise in the National Health Service in supervised employment.

    In granting limited registration, the GMC requires all applicants to provide

    · Evidence of their medical knowledge and skills
    · Evidence of their English language skills
    · Evidence of good standing
    · Evidence that they have a suitable job

    In 2003, some 79% of IMGs satisfied the GMC that they had the knowledge and skills necessary to practise medicine in the UK by passing the PLAB test. There are other ways that doctors can demonstrate their medical knowledge and skills. You will find details of the other routes to registration here.


    The GMC is a regulatory body which is primarily involved in standard setting.

    · We set the standards for medical practice in the UK.
    · We administer the PLAB test.
    · We do not seek to make a profit from running the test. The fees we charge are designed to cover our costs
    · We do not ration test places. It is not the GMC’s role to deny individual doctors the opportunity to demonstrate that they have the necessary competencies to work in the UK and to compete in the job market. Even if we could ration the number of test places, there would be no fair way of doing it.


    Taking the PLAB test can be costly

    There are not only the fees for the test to consider, but travel expenses, and the cost of living in London while you take Part 2 of the test and before you find a job. You should
    be aware that all of this takes time. London, and the South East of England generally, is a very expensive place to live.

    And you should consider the personal investment involved – time spent preparing for the test and the stress involved in embarking on a life in a new country. It is essential that you have made a realistic assessment of whether you will find a job before you apply for the test.

    Bear in mind, also, that even after you pass the PLAB test, the GMC can only grant you limited registration when you have obtained an offer of suitable employment.
    There are other requirements you will need to meet before we will consider an application to move from limited to full registration.

    Finding employment in the UK can be difficult

    We strongly recommend that before you apply for the PLAB test you find out whether you have a realistic chance of obtaining the kind of job you want.

    There are different kinds of jobs in the UK. Some of them involve training schemes and in others the training element is less developed. There is strong competition for many jobs. It is therefore important that you realise that you will not be guaranteed the offer of a job by passing the PLAB test, and competition in some specialties and locations is strong. Securing employment can be a lengthy process: statistics show it could take up to a year (or even longer) to find a first post once you have passed the PLAB test. We are working with other agencies to make more information available about job prospects but in the meantime you should be aware of the following:

    · There are fewer vacancies in some specialties than others.
    · Competition is greater in some locations of the UK than in others.
    · If you are applying to take PLAB before completing your pre-registration or internship year, that Pre-Registration House Officer jobs are much scarcer than Senior House Officer (SHO) jobs.

    Details of the number of applicants for posts broken down by specialty and by location can be found on


    The GMC does not hold information about job vacancies, but there are a number of other routes you can try, such as

    · National Advice Centre for Overseas Doctors
    · British Medical Journal
    · The Lancet
    · Health Service Journal
    · Personnelnet Health
    · British Council National Advice Centre
    · The Hospital Doctor
    · NHS Jobs.

    These sites will also give you an idea of the types of jobs available.

    Another source of useful information is Medical Training in the United Kingdom:
    A Guide for International Graduates, published by the UK government departments with responsibility for health. Details can be found from the Department of Health.


    This factsheet is intended only as a brief guide. Full information can be found here.

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