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What is the future for training overseas graduates?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:307
  1. Mangalam Sridhar, consultant physician
  1. Stafford

    Editorial by Welsh

    The United Kingdom has traditionally accepted many overseas doctors for higher medical training. They receive some structured training and they also fill posts in the NHS. Traditionally, entry was via the PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board) test conducted by the General Medical Council (GMC). Although the GMC undertakes responsibility for the conduct of the tests and registering these doctors, it takes no responsibility for identifying or providing training posts. In the past, the relatively unlimited number of registrar posts in medical subspecialties meant that these doctors could take up posts for as long a period as required to fulfil their training and diploma requirements and also gain valuable experience in their chosen specialty. However, recent changes to the career structure and other factors have led to what I believe is a crisis.

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