The paperwork: what you need to support your application
"It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for all the paper. And the work!" - Darynda Jones
Supporting documents: checklist & guidance
We require a scanned colour copy of your passport's photo ID and signature page in order to verify your identity and to confirm that you are a citizen of a non-EEA country.
We require a copy of your PMQ certificate as part of our verification processes.
We will check that your PMQ is acceptable in the UK and meets the GMC's criteria for acceptable overseas qualifications.
You will also need to ensure that your PMQ has been independently verified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
We require a copy of your PGMQ certificate as part of our verification processes.
You will also need to ensure that your PGMQ has been independently verified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
We must be satisfied that you have gained the experience needed to work as a fully registered doctor in the UK.
You will need to submit evidence to show that you have completed an acceptable internship (or equivalent) of not less than 12 months following undergraduate training.
Your evidence should be a certificate or a letter from your medical school/university confirming completion of your
We require this evidence in order to check that there have been no concerns about your fitness to practise.
You will need to submit a certificate of good standing from each medical regulatory authority that you have been registered or licensed with in the last five years.
You will need to do this even if you have not worked in that country - they may send you a certificate of past good standing if you are not registered or licensed with them now.
You can find out which medical regulatory authority to contact in the GMC's Certificate of Good Standing Database.
We require an up-to-date CV in order to verify the details of your full academic and employment history.
We will ask you to upload your current CV as part of your eligibility assessment. If you are assessed as eligible, we will send you our CV Template for you to complete as part of the full application submission process.
You will need to submit the most recent version of your CV, using our CV Template and showing your engagement in medical practice for the past 5 years.
Your CV must also show that you have been engaged in medical practice for at least 36 out of the last 60 months, including the most recent 12 months.
Further information about the medical and non-medical experience that can be included in your CV can be found on the GMC website.
We need to be satisfied that you have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely in the UK.
Communicating includes speaking, reading, writing and listening.
Your International English Language Testing System(IELTS) certificate must show:
- that you took the academic version of the test;
- that you obtained a score of at least 7.0 in each testing area and an overall score of 7.5;
- that you obtained these scores in the same test;
- that you obtained these scores in your most recent sitting of the test; and
- the original stamp and test report form number.
IELTS certificates are valid for two years. Your certificate must be valid at the time we decide to sponsor you for GMC registration with a licence to practise.
Your Occupational English Test (OET) certificate it must show your candidate number and that you:
- took the medicine version of the test;
- obtained at least a grade ‘B’ in each testing area (speaking, listening, reading and writing);
- obtained those grades in the same test; and
- obtained the grades in your most recent sitting of the test.
OET certificates are valid for two years. Your certificate must be valid at the time we decide to sponsor you for GMC registration with a licence to practise.
Please note: the OET may not be acceptable evidence of your English language skills for the purposes of obtaining a UK visa. You will need to check with UK Visa and Immigration for their requirements.
Exemption Criteria: If you are a national of a country where English is the “first and native language” and were awarded your primary medical qualification (PMQ) from a country where the GMC considers English to be the “first and native language” you will satisfy the GMC’s exemption criteria and will not need to submit any evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find a list of these countries on the GMC’s website.
We require this evidence in order to assess and verify the number of operative cases that you have: (a) observed; (b) carried out under supervision; or (c) undertaken independently in the relevant specialty. This will help us to ascertain your level of experience.
You will need to submit a logbook using a template, which you will be able to download during the application process. The logbook must be signed off as an accurate record by your current Clinical Supervisor.
We work with a number of established and reputable overseas partner institutions in order to ensure that those applying to take part in ISTP are (a) in good standing; (b) will benefit from the training offered; (c) committed to returning after completing their placement; and (d) will share their newly acquired skills and knowledge to benefit the local surgical workforce and practice.
You must be either a member, employed (service delivery and/or teaching) or enrolled at one of our Partner Institutions.
A completed Partner Institution Nomination Forum must be submitted as part of the application process.
We ask for work references in order to verify your professional qualities, experience and capabilities.
Your references must demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the role that will be offered to you if you are accepted onto ISTP.
Two references are required. Both references will need to cover the last three years of your employment.
If you have successfully passed the MRCS (UK) Part B exam, we will require evidence of this.
Please submit your Certificate of Completion as the supporting document.