Of late UK has been more welcoming to medical professionals. Similar to USA/ Germany even in UK Post graduate studies are training under specialists.
The process of applying for specialty training (residency) in the UK is known as Specialty Recruitment and can be thought of as similar to “the match” in the US. It’s a nationally organised process which occurs once a year for most specialties, and at least twice a year for GP, Psychiatry and Anaesthetics. All applications are submitted through the website Oriel. Specialty recruitment can be a complex process and will be very different to the residency application process that you know of back home.
Postgraduate specialty training in the UK to become a GP or Consultant is streamlined through training programmes that lead to a CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training).Training jobs come with automatic annual progression towards CCT while non-training jobs do not. All training jobs take place within government-funded NHS hospitals. All training jobs are paid a salary. There is no tuition fee. Foundation training is a 2-year programme that UK graduates complete in preparation for specialty training. There are 3 different types of specialty training pathways: GP, uncoupled, and run-through. Uncoupled training requires 2 applications while run-through and GP involves only one. Specialty exams are required as part of the CCT requirements, but passing exams does not exempt you from completing the programmes. Specialty recruitment refers to the process of applying to specialty training. Although entry into specialty training as an IMG is challenging, it is very possible. Start your preparation early. If you are unsuccessful in securing a training job but have your heart set on a specific specialty, there are still ways to become a Consultant or GP even without entering a training programme. It’s not the recommended route but it is possible.