Consultants who would like to provide a short-term training post for a trainee from outside the UK have been asked to get in touch with the RCSEd’s International Medical Graduate Sponsorship Scheme (IMGSS).
The IMGSS was introduced in 2007 to enable overseas surgical trainees to undergo sub-specialty training in the UK. With 90 such trainees currently in the UK, successful candidates are sponsored for UK GMC registration by the College and for tier-5 visa application through the AoMRC and UK Border Agency.
The process is initiated by a UK consultant surgeon willing to act as a sponsor and trainer for a period between six months and two years. The post must be at ST3 level or above and certified by the Postgraduate Dean as having educational merit without detriment to UK trainees and must be funded by the NHS or university in accordance with UK employment regulations.
The trainer must carry out regular educational meetings with the trainee and submit progress reports to the College. The GMC carries out annual audits of the scheme.
The overseas candidate must have the MRCS or an equivalent qualification and, where English is not their first language, IELTS with a mark of seven overall and seven in each of the four sections as a minimum. They must also be supported by their overseas trainers.
The RCSEd is currently the most active Surgical College in this process and the College would be grateful if consultants who could provide such a post would contact to help place trainees who have enquired about this scheme in suitable positions.
For further details, contact:
Tel: 0131 668 9205