Unlocking the doors to UK medical practice: A comprehensive guide to GMC registration for IMGs

 

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the regulatory body responsible for the registration and oversight of doctors practicing in the United Kingdom. In order to practice medicine in the UK, international medical graduates (IMGs) must obtain registration with the GMC. This process can be complex and time-consuming, but with proper planning and preparation, it is possible to successfully navigate the registration process and begin practicing medicine in the UK.



Step 1: Determine Eligibility

 The first step in the registration process is to determine your eligibility. The GMC has established certain eligibility criteria that must be met, including:

  • Having a valid primary medical qualification that is recognized by the GMC.
  • Passing the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test or the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP) exam.
  • Having the necessary English language proficiency to practice medicine in the UK.

Step 2: Create an Account and Start Application Once you have determined that you are eligible, you can begin the application process. You will need to create an account on the GMC website and start the application process by completing an online form. This form will require you to provide personal information such as your name, address, and contact details.

Step 3: Gather and Submit Required Documents

 As part of the application process, you will need to provide various documents. These include:

  • Proof of your primary medical qualification
  • Your PLAB and MRCP exam results
  • A copy of your passport or national ID card
  • A recent passport-sized photograph
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency
  • Evidence of your professional indemnity arrangements

Step 4: ID Verification

 After submitting your application, you will need to complete the ID verification process. This will involve submitting a copy of your passport or national ID card, as well as a recent passport-sized photograph.

The verification is done physically at Manchester or London, with prior appointment and has to be done in 6 months period.

Step 5: Final Assessment 

Once your application and all required documentation has been received and reviewed, you will be scheduled for a final assessment. This assessment will be conducted by the GMC and will be designed to evaluate your knowledge, skills, and abilities. If you pass this assessment, you will be granted registration with the GMC and will be able to practice medicine in the UK.

Step 6: Continuing Professional Development

 As a registered doctor, you will be required to maintain your registration by participating in continuing professional development (CPD) activities and meeting other GMC requirements. This can include attending conferences, workshops, and other educational events, as well as completing online courses and self-assessments.

It is important to note that the GMC registration process can take several months and it is advisable to start the process well in advance of the intended date of registration. Additionally, it is important to be familiar with all the requirements and the process as it may vary depending on the country of primary medical qualification. The GMC website is a good source of information and guidance on the registration process.

 Cost of GMC Registration

The cost of registering with the GMC can vary depending on a number of factors, including your primary medical qualification, the type of registration you are applying for, and the length of time for which you are registering.

The following are some of the costs associated with the GMC registration process:

  1. Application fee: This is a one-time fee that is required at the time of application. The fee for 2023 is £433
  2. Annual retention fee: Once registered, doctors are required to pay an annual retention fee to maintain their registration. The fee is £433, currently.
  3. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) fee: Some CPD activities may also have an additional cost associated with them.

It's important to note that some of these fees are subject to change and it is advisable to check the GMC website for the most current fees. Additionally, some countries may have a reciprocal agreement with UK and may have reduced fees or exemptions. It's important to check with the GMC or the relevant embassy or consular office in your country for more information.

 

How long does the GMC take for license issuance?

 Currently, GMC processes new requests in 5 days, however this period might extend on individual basis if further information is required.


Does GMC accept USMLE?

GMC accepts USMLE as an approved exam for the purpose of GMC registration, however applicants need to have passed the Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge & Step 2 Clinical skills exam ( for step 2 clinical skills, exam should be passed on or before 20th March 2020.

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