The UK Core Medical Training in Iceland and in India

International Programme Accreditation

Through this program, you can have access to the UK’s Core Medical Training in Iceland and in India. To understand what Core Medical Training is, please go through my post Training in the UK.


The Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB)

It is a training board, which represents the three medical Royal Colleges in the UK: the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


Functions of JRCPTB

Among many other functions, the JRCPTB oversees the Core Medical Training program.


International Programme Accreditation

Recently, the JRCPTB started their international accreditation program. Through this program, the JRCPTB grants recognition to an institution, an organisation or even a country, that their postgraduate medical education meets the standards set by the JRCPTB.

Detils of the program can be found here.


Core Medical Training in Iceland

Following a pilot programme in 2014, Core Medical Training (CMT) was formally introduced in Iceland in August 2015. Designed as a three-year programme, trainees follow the majority of the JRCPTB-owned CMT curriculum.

The CMT programme in Iceland is delivered at Landspitallin (National University Hospital of Iceland). The hospital provides tertiary and acute care with 760 beds. Approximately 108,000 patients per annum receive some form of hospital care (approximately 26,000 admissions).

Details of the program can be found here.


Core Medical Training in India

Core Medical Training program was launched in India in January 2017.

This program was launched in Aster Medcity in the state of Kerala. This Core Training program is for 3 years as trainees enter the programme after their internship. The trainees have to complete the full CMT programme including workplace-based assessments and their MRCP(UK) examinations during this period. The MRCP PACES examination is also held in Aster Medcity and at other sites in India.

Details of the program can be found here.



It is possible to go through  3 years of Core Training in Iceland or in India. However, since the programs are new, there isn’t a lot of information floating around. Anyone who can contribute to this would be helping a lot of people.

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