Medical Training Initiative (MTI)


The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) has rebranded the Overseas Doctors Training Scheme (ODTS) to reflect its International Programme. The spirit and intention of the International Programme is to foster and develop links with overseas organisations. Under the umbrella of the International Programme is the Medical Training Initiative (MTI).

MTI is a national scheme designed to allow a limited number of doctors to enter the UK from overseas to benefit from the opportunities to work within the NHS, before returning to their home countries. It applies only to doctors who have qualified outside the UK or European Union, who want to come to the UK for a limited period of specialised training in anaesthesia.  MTI sponsorship will assist overseas doctors with:

  • GMC registration (please note that offers of sponsorship as a route to GMC registration are based upon the GMC's decision and approval and are only valid once this has been granted).
  • Facilitating Tier 5 visa application.
  • Eligibility to sit the FRCA examinations.

The online Induction for International Doctors e-Learning programme is now available on e-LfH website ( This programme is very relevant for all new Non-UK qualified doctors in the UK including MTI doctors. The programme introduces internationally qualified doctors, who are new to UK clinical practice, to national ethical, social, legal and professional aspects.

The programme has 26 e-learning modules in total which are interactive sessions produced by CMFT, along with a number of sessions taken from other e-LfH programmes which supplement the focus of the programme. Previous completers of the programme have found that it increased their knowledge about UK clinical practice and it was useful in enhancing the patient care they provide.

Sessions include case-based scenarios and are intentionally generic in content, thereby making them useful for doctors of any specialty and grade. It is expected that this e-learning programme will act as a driver for new international doctors to commence a focussed discussion with their educational supervisors, to develop professional development plans and to undertake additional training as per their specialty/local needs

Please click on the image below to see a larger, clearer version in pdf.

Global Partnerships Department, RcoA

Info for overseas doctors who wish to come to the UK for a limited period of specialist training before returning home
Guidance for UK hospitials who wish to bring international medical graduates via the RCoA's MTI scheme
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