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How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

Hello! If you are considering applying for UK GP (General Practice) training, then this blog is for you! GP training is the most popular UK Postgraduate medical training programme and in this blog we break it down – step by step. 

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How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

Basics of GP training Entry

The GP Training application process is managed nationally by the GPNRO (GP National Recruitment Office) and HEE (Health Education England).

The recruitment process takes place 2 times a year – once for jobs starting in August (Round 1) and once for jobs starting in February (Round 2).

It is a highly competitive process which focuses on your score in the MSRA assessment. Click here to find out more about the MSRA exam. 

For some pros and cons of GP training, watch this video here.

How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

Eligibility for application includes:

There are certain eligibility criteria that you have to meet in order to apply. For example:

– Must have a basic medical qualification eg MBBS, MBChB.
– Must be eligible to work in UK.
– Must have full registration from GMC, with a licence to practice by the time your job starts.
– Must have evidence of having met UK Foundation Competencies (eg through being on the UK Foundation Year programme or through a Consultant signing a CREST 2024 (Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training) form. For details on this form click here.
– Must have at least 12 months medical experience after full GMC registration (or equivalent post licensing experience) by the time training starts (UK or abroad).
– Hold a current and in date driver’s license or is prepared to provide alternative means of transport for domiciliary care or emergency care during the whole training programme.

How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

The 2 GP training Application Stages

Stage 1: Long-listing period

✓ Occurs via application through Oriel
✓ To be long-listed, you need to meet the eligibility criteria described above

Stage 2: Multi Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA)

✓ Consists of a computer-based exam with two components
a) clinical questions
b) professional dilemma questions.

✓ All questions are in multiple choice format.
✓ Clinical problem solving paper (CPS) – 97 clinical questions in 75 minutes.
✓ Professional dilemma paper (SJT) – 50 Situational Judgement Test questions in 95 minutes.

✓ Your MSRA Score counts for 100% of your GP Entry application score as there is currently no GP Stage 3 Assessments taking place. 

– Register for our next Free MSRA Webinar here.
– Join the Arora MSRA Telegram teaching group here.
– Start our most comprehensive MSRA Ultimate Package here.

On ‘results publication day’

You will be notified of your final results and National rank through the Oriel website – communication will be through direct messaging in Oriel. An email is also sent out but do not rely on this form of communication as it may end up in your junk/spam folder. It is important to check your Oriel account regularly.

Currently your final result is based purely on your MSRA exam performance (100%) as there is no Stage 3 Assessment (used to be in the past).

How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

Important dates

Current Round (Round 1)
– Applications open: 26th October 2023
– MSRA assessment: 4th-16th January 2024
– First Job offers: 4th March 2024
– Start date: August 2024

Next Round (Round 2)
– Applications open: 23rd July 2024
– MSRA assessment: 6th-13th September 2024
– First Job offers: 10th October 2024
– Start date: February 2025

To get started with our MSRA Ultimate Preparation package click here.

How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

How can Arora Medical Education help you score well in MSRA?

Our most popular and comprehensive MSRA Ultimate Package contains an all round and complete preparation plan for boosting your MSRA score. It contains multiple resources in one discounted bundle – 2x online video courses, Live MSRA crammer course, SJT and clinical mock exams, 2x audiobooks and 3x digital flashcard sets (clinical, pharmacology and SJT). For full contents and samples click here.

For individual MSRA resources (eg mocks, online courses etc) click here

To register for our next free MSRA webinar click here: Next Free Webinar

For our Free MSRA Countdown Programmes click here: Free MSRA Downloads

To join our MSRA Teaching Telegram group click here: MSRA Telegram

How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

Once in GP training

Training is usually 3 years in total (full time)

Usually 18 months in General Practice placements, 18 months in hospital rotations eg Paediatrics, Acute Medicine, Accident & Emergency etc

Need to complete MRCGP to exit training, consists of 3 components:

a) AKT exam (for more details on the AKT click here)
b) SCA assessment (for more details on the SCA click here)
c) Workplace based assessment (for more details on WBPA click here)

For some pros and cons of GP training, watch this video here.

How to Get Into UK GP Training (UK-trained or IMG doctor)

On a final note…

If you are planning to apply for GP training I wish you good luck! General Practice is an extremely varied and rewarding career, as well as being one allows flexibility of work-life balance.

I look forward to supporting you through your successful selection process, as well as once in GP training as well!

Good luck and #CanPassWillPass

Author Bio — Dr Aman Arora

Hello and welcome to Arora Medical Education! I am a Portfolio GP with a 24/7/365 passion for helping you fly through your medical exams and maximise your career. You can find out more about me here.

I’ve been fortunate to teach over 50,000 doctors globally through a combination of face-to-face, online, audio and social teaching, helping them pass exams such as MRCGP AKT and RCAMSRA and PLAB. You can find out more about my previous roles and qualifications here.

Feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or ideas to help you reach your potential. I look forward to meeting you soon!

aman

Author Bio — Dr Pooja Arora

Dr Pooja Arora is a GP with a background in Medical Politics, where she passionately focuses on improving the opportunities and working conditions for junior doctors. She is proud to hold FRCGP (Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners).

You can find out more about Pooja’s previous roles and qualifications here.

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