The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible mark on every aspect of life. Post-graduate training did not escape unscathed. It has led to delayed implementation of anticipated changes. For example, the Medical Licensing Assessment scheduled to replace PLAB will jo longer be implemented in 2023 as planned but in 2024.
As part of the Excellence by Design, the GMC recommended changes to post graduate training curricula. Colleges developed new curricula to include generic professional capabilities to be implemented in 2020. Due to the COVID pandemic, the planned 2020 implementation has been pushed back to 2021 by the Joint Committee of Surgical Training (JCST) for example.
These sorts of changes undoubtedly impact IMGs. It is not unreasonable to imagine there will be teething problems with the MLA therefore if you’ve been putting off your plans to obtain a license through PLAB, perhaps you should take advantage of this extra time.
IMGs who face challenges getting into training programmes often take the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialty or GP Registration (CESR, CESRGP). Doctors who follow this pathway are responsible for ensuring their portfolios are comprise equivalent capacity to doctors in training programmes
It is therefore imperative that IMGs on either of these pathways, review the curriculum changes that are planned and understand how the pandemic will impact their training pathway.
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For more information visit:
CESR and CEGPR Application Process; GMC Online available from: https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/cesr-cegpr-application-process
JCST Statement update August 2020; Available from: https://www.jcst.org/jcst-news/2020/08/07/news-item/