What to do After Graduation

This post is for young doctors who have recently graduated or are about to graduate from medical school and wish to work in the UK.

 

Should I Go To The UK?

This is a personal choice, depending on individual circumstances. I have discussed in detail the benefits of working abroad, the benefits of choosing PLAB, comparison of USMLE with PLAB, comparison of working in the UK vs the USA. I have also made a short video to compare USMLE with PLAB.

I will list a few benefits of working in the UK here:

  1. Easy to enter the system.
  2. Takes less time, effort and money than moving to USA or Australia.
  3. Better training compared to home.
  4. Better pay compared to home.
  5. There are more jobs and fewer doctors in the UK.
  6. Very helpful IMG community.

 

How Do I Decide?

Going to the UK is a life-changing decision and might not be straightforward for everyone. Gather as much information as you can about going to the UK from these links. Also, gather information about going to other countries or working in your home country. Talk to people with experience. Make a well-informed decision based on the knowledge you gain.

 

PLAN

Once you do decide to move to the UK, this should be your plan:

 

Gather Information

Gather as much information as you can from these links. If you are not sure how to find information, this might help.

 

House Job

  1. Begin House Job as soon as it becomes available. Do not waste time; you can easily pass IELTS and PLAB 1 during House Job.
  2. Make sure your House Job is according to GMC’s acceptable pattern.
  3. Try to learn and brush your clinical skills during House Job, which would be helpful once you start working in the UK.

House Job is also known as Internship or Foundation Training/Program in some countries.

 

Employment History

It is ideal to not be jobless for even a single day during your career. When you apply for GMC registration or jobs in the UK, you will have to give an account for every single day since graduation. If you have been working during this time, it can be easier to explain. If you were jobless, you will have to explain the reasoning behind this.

The period during your graduation and the first day of House Job can be explained by mentioning the truth that House Job was not available to you before that.

 

Roadmap

Make your own personalized timeline and roadmap for when you should be taking the exams.

Road Map for PLAB

 

Homework for PLAB Visa

You do not actually have to do anything, but there are a few things that you should be aware of in terms of your visa homework before you begin your journey, as mentioned here.

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ECFMG Verification

In order to apply for GMC registration, you will need to get your primary medical qualifications (MBBS degree) verified by ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). So technically, you will need this step after PLAB 2 and before GMC registration. However, this process can take time. This is why it is ideal to start this process as soon as you graduate. You can get more guidance about this here.

 

IELTS

Start studying for IELTS right away. Pass your IELTS as soon as you can or pass your IELTS whenever it is ideal for you, depending on your roadmap. IELTS can be easily managed along with any job. Do not remain unemployed because of IELTS preparation.

 

PLAB 1

Start studying for PLAB 1 as soon as you pass IELTS or start studying for PLAB 1 whenever it is ideal for you, depending on your roadmap. PLAB 1 can be easily managed along with any job. Do not remain unemployed because of PLAB 1 preparation. PLAB 1 is held outside the UK, as mentioned here.

 

Visa for PLAB 2

PLAB 2 is only held in Manchester, UK. After you pass PLAB 1, apply for your visa for PLAB 2 depending on your personal circumstances or your roadmap.

 

PLAB 2

Take a break from work, go to the UK, pass your exam. PLAB 2 is an easy exam and requires only 4-6 weeks of preparation after the course.

 

GMC Registration

Once you pass PLAB 2, GMC registration is only a formality, provided you do not have any long career breaks and provided you have an acceptable pattern of House Job.

 

Employment in the UK

Every single doctor who acquires GMC registration finds a job in the UK, provided they have an acceptable pattern of House Job.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long will it take from the day of graduation until I start working in the UK?

This is difficult to answer because everyone has their own circumstances and timeline. Some people pass IELTS, PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 in 6 months. But for most people, it takes 18 to 24 months from the day of graduation until they start working in the UK.

 

2. Do I need to get my degree attested by the Higher Education Commission (HEC)?

No, you do not.

 

3. Can I find a job in the UK if I have not completed my House Job?

You can, but you would be seriously limiting your options of finding employment and options of career progression in the UK. This route is not advisable at all as explained here.

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28 thoughts on “What to do After Graduation

    1. House Job is just another name for Foundation Year or Internship. You should ask your medical school or seniors about this.

  1. Hi. I am doing MBBS degree from china.
    I am currently back to Pakistan for my internship year , being the 6th year. So soes this internship counts as a acceptable experience for PLAB.
    I will get my degree after i complete this 6th year. I will have to go back to China once my internship is done.
    Kindly answer this.

    1. I’m not sure. It’ll be best to post this on the Facebook groups to ask others who’ve been through the same. Good luck!

  2. Hi I from Bangladesh having MBBS since 12 years with completion of MS in general Surgery. But don’t have PLEB or MRCS. Preparing myself for IELTS. How could I get a job in UK.only IELTS can help me to be registered with GMC.

  3. Thanks for the awesome blog Dr Khan. I hope one day I will be able to work in the uk as a doctor like you have. I would like to know, from what I have gathered you register for the gmc after all the exams, but before I even start IELTS,how will I know if my medical degree is accepted by the GMC or not?Do I email them my degree before I start anything because I went to a school that’s under the category of medical qualifications which ‘may’ be acceptable.Is there a way to contact you directly like through social media?Your help will be highly appreciated.

      1. Thanks.Also why is it difficult to get into a surgical program for postgrad?Im interested in doing orthopedic surgery,and it’s quiet worrisome if I wont be accepted into an institution .

  4. Hie Dr. khan,
    Your blog is very helpful. thank you for sharing your journey.
    I have just completed my graduation from India. I want to take PLAB this year. Do I need to have ECFMG verification before I take PLAB 1?
    Thank you.

      1. So do I have to do ECFMG verification before my GMC registration?

  5. Asslamu Allikum…does marks or supplies matter in this process…i mean if you dont have that good marks then is there a chance to get job in uk via plab?

  6. I am currently doing my internship post-MBBS . I want to pursue a career in internal medicine or dermatology. So after writing PLAB , in what basis will I be allowed to a particular category?

    1. Getting into Dermatology is not easy. But getting into Medicine is a lot easier. Don’t worry about this at this stage. But any audits, research or any other project you do, will help. All the best! 🙂

  7. Hello Dr.Khan,

    Thank you so much for sharing such valuable information. 🙂
    I am currently in my second year of MBBS. If I start preparing now, is it possible for me to get a field like psychiatry? And will it be a problem if I do a house job from my college in India?
    Also, what is the criteria for being allotted a field? Is it according to grades?

    And lastly, after my entire expenditure on giving the PLAB exams, is there anything extra to pay if I get a job, besides accomodation and personal expenses?

    Again, thank you profusely for your blog. It was an incredible help. 🙂

  8. Hello Dr. Khan
    Please explain me the acceptable pattern of house job for Plab. I have done my 3 months rotation in general surgery and 3 months in A&E so would it be acceptable or not?
    Thanks

  9. Thank you very much for helping people here.

    I have question about GPA at medical school, does my low GPA at medical school affect on passing PLAB and working there in UK ?

    Thank you very much Dr. Naseer

  10. Pls, it’s been over 2 years since 1 finished medical school and I am yet to do internship. What are my chances after passing plab 1 and 2 and sjt of getting fy1 posts , I am also considering a master’s programme in the UK. Hoping to get your reply soonest , thanks

  11. Assalamu alaikum, you deed a good ob for creating this blog, may ALLAH BLESS YOU
    Sir, i’m currently a final year medical student, and an app developer too, i want to develop mobile app that guide medical graduates about IELTS,PLAB,GMC registration and so on.
    can you allowed me to use some of the imformation from your blog?

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