The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an international organisation with members from over 90 countries and a long history of international activities and collaborations.
A quarter of our members (approximately 3,200) are from overseas.The majority of our international members are originally from Egypt, Australia, India, US, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
The RCS recognises that the movement of doctors, patients and surgical innovation across borders greatly impacts surgery in the UK. Active engagement in international affairs supports the advancement of surgical standards in the UK and abroad, benefiting our members and their patients.
The new international strategy, agreed by RCS Council in 2013, sets out the following main directions in which the College wishes to direct its efforts when supporting surgery internationally:
- Provide greater international opportunities for the College to deliver surgical education and training
- Raise the standards of surgical services globally
- Support surgical initiatives in low-income countries to improve treatment and care
- Support and engage our international membership
Dental and surgical examinations are regularly held overseas.:
Accreditation: RCS offers an accreditation service for overseas courses, programmes and events.
online resources are available to international members of the College.: A range of
fellowships, awards and grants are available for trainees and surgeons overseas.: Various
Faculty of Dental Surgery: The NACPDE provides information for qualified dentists who wish to work in the UK and those interested in postgraduate study in the UK.
Career Support: The Surgical Careers website provides wishing to train or work in the UK.
The International Office
The RCS International Office is the main point of contact for all queries from international surgeons and stakeholders who wish to find out more about opportunities and ventures overseas.
The International Office’s remit is to coordinate and provide assistance to all departments across the RCS in relation to international activity. The International Affairs Board, which meets quarterly to review and scope the College’s international activities, is the focal point for the College international discussions.
For any other queries related to RCS International activities, please contact our International office:
t: 020 7869 6053