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What are the biggest challenges international medical graduates face when starting work in the NHS?

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.j5618 (Published 20 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j5618
  1. Sophia Bourne, careers consultant, British Medical Association

Dear Sophia, what are the biggest challenges that international medical graduates face when starting work in the NHS?

Marcus Dawson, sixth year medical student, Medical University Sofia, Bulgaria

Sophia replies

International medical graduates (IMGs) make a substantial contribution to healthcare in the United Kingdom. As of July 2017, over one third (37%) of doctors on the General Medical Council list of registered medical practitioners had gained their primary medical qualification outside the UK.1

Taking your first step on the career ladder in the UK is daunting for all medical graduates, and those who …

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