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Information for International Medical Graduates

Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on Ophthalmic Training in the UK

Overview on IMG training in the UK in Ophthalmology

The International Medical Graduates Training Sub-committee oversees two schemes to assist IMGs in their training ambitions in the UK – the Dual Sponsorship Scheme and the Tier 5 Support Scheme. In addition general advice concerning training in the UK is available from Education and Training Department for ‘trained’ ophthalmologists who are IMGs.

If you are interested in applying to the General Medical Council for entry on to the Specialist Register in ophthalmology please click here for more information.

 

FAQs

I am an overseas Medical Graduate and wish to become an Ophthalmologist in the UK.

All those wishing to pursue training within the field of Ophthalmology in the UK need to apply through National Recruitment via the Severn Deanery, http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/recruitment.

Alternatively if you wish to pursue between 6-24 months of training within the UK you can apply via the Dual Sponsorship Scheme. The Dual Sponsorship Scheme application can be made to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

The following link will provide all the information you will need in order to assess your eligibility to apply for the Dual Sponsorship Scheme as well as the application form itself and the guidance booklet regarding the process. It will also provide information in regards to how the process works.

https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/training/dual-sponsorship-scheme/.

Please read through all documentation to ensure you meet the requirements and are eligible.

Please also look through the below link to note what qualifications are acceptable by the GMC for registration purposes.

http://www.gmcuk.org/doctors/registration_applications/acceptable_postgraduate_qualifications.asp.

 

I am an Overseas Medical Graduate and wish to complete a Fellowship in the UK.

The Dual Sponsorship Scheme application can be made to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

The following link will provide all the information you will need in order to assess your eligibility to apply for the Dual Sponsorship Scheme as well as the application form itself and the guidance booklet regarding the process. It will also provide information in regards to how the process works.

https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/training/dual-sponsorship-scheme/

http://www.gmcuk.org/doctors/registration_applications/acceptable_postgraduate_qualifications.asp

Please read through all documentation to ensure you meet the requirements and are eligible.

 

I am a medical doctor in the EU and wish to work in the UK.

EU laws allow those doctors trained in European Countries different rights in the UK. Please check you’re the best route for yourself via the below link from the GMC website.

http://www.gmcuk.org/doctors/registration_applications/acceptable_postgraduate_qualifications.asp.

All those wishing to pursue training within the field of Ophthalmology in the UK need to apply through National Recruitment via the Severn Deanery, http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/recruitment.