Medical Training Initiative (MTI)

  

The Royal College of Anaesthetists offers training opportunities for Anaesthetists from Low and Lower Middle Income Countries (according to World Bank Definitions) and includes a focus on DFID 28 countries via the Medical Training Initiative (MTI).  The scheme provides a route for high quality International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to obtain sponsorship for their GMC registration and also sponsorship for a Tier 5 visa, which will allow them to undertake a training placement in a UK hospital for a maximum period of 24 months. 

Anaesthetists who undertake training via the MTI route will benefit from world class clinical training, and also gain non-clinical skills such as medical education and leadership.  These skills will be significant benefit, not only to the Doctors themselves, but also to healthcare systems and patients in their home countries. 

The MTI scheme is philanthropic in nature and not a route suitable for Doctors who intend to remain in the UK for longer than 24 months.  MTI posts must be approved by the RCoA, to ensure MTI Doctors receive adequate support and training which will benefit their home country and the UK Hospital whilst they are in the UK. 

MTI sponsorship will equip International Medical Graduates 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.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the MTI, International Medical Graduates need to satisfy the requirements of the GMC and the College. These are outlined below.

The General Medical Council's criteria

The GMC’s minimum requirements are to:

  • have a basic medical qualification acceptable to the GMC;
  • have completed at least one year in an internship post (Pre-registration House Officer);
  • have been qualified as a doctor for at least three years;
  • provide evidence of being engaged in medical practice for a minimum 3 years out of the last 5 years outside of the European Union, including the most recent 12 months;
  • provide evidence of good standing from the applicant’s local Medical Regulatory Council;
  • demonstrate knowledge of English by obtaining an overall score of 7.5, with minimum scores of 7.0 in speaking, listening, reading and writing, in the 'Academic' test of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). N.B IELTS certificates are valid for only two years;
  • have not previously failed any part of the PLAB Test;

The Royal College of Anaesthetists’ criteria

Any applicant for sponsorship must:

  • provide evidence of all GMC criteria;
  • at time of MTI application, IMG must be living and working outside of the UK and European Union for the last 12 months minimum;
  • provide evidence of at least 3 years anaesthesia training outside of the UK and European Union;
  • provide two structured, supportive references from supervising consultants, both must have worked with applicant within the last 5 years;
  • provide evidence of a Tier 5 Visa application (i.e. confirmation letter from UK hospital);
  • provide evidence of postgraduate qualification acceptable to the RCoA (Please contact the Global Partnerships office before appointment);
  • obtain a formal appointment to a pre-approved MTI UK post;
  • must not have British or European citizenship (as a dual national).

We welcome applications from IMGs from Low and Lower Middle Income Countries. These countries are listed here.  Please note that as well as being from an eligible country, you will also need to meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

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Contact:
Global Partnerships Department, RcoA
Global@rcoa.ac.uk


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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