International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP)
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International Surgical Training Programme
The International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP) match-making scheme remains closed until further notice. This is while we deal with a backlog of applications and aim to migrate the application process onto a new online platform.
Announcements will be made on the RCS social media pages when applications re-open.
Please note that emails received requesting details regarding the programme and eligibility requirements will not be responded to during this time. All information can be found on our website.
GMC Sponsorship Scheme
The GMC Sponsorship Scheme remains open for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who have already been offered posts in the UK directly by trusts and require GMC sponsorship and/or the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa. This scheme is not intended for IMGs who require the RCS to find them a post.
IMGs are requested to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a GMC Sponsorship Scheme application pack.
The International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP) operates within the generic Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme and provides a route for high quality International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to obtain sponsorship for GMC registration and the supporting Tier 5 visa so that they can undertake training and development in UK hospitals for a maximum of 24 months.
The ISTP aims to:
- contribute to improving the quality of healthcare internationally
- provide overseas surgical trainees with a period of training and development in the UK before returning to their home countries where their patients and colleagues can benefit from the skills and experience they have obtained in the UK
- foster relationships between UK hospitals and international institutions
- support the UK’s international development objectives.
The College is committed to providing a training opportunity which benefits the overseas surgical trainee, their home country and the UK hospital/institution in which they will be working.
Please read the latest guidance on recent changes to the MTI Scheme
Please note that ISTP applications have now closed for 2018.
Further announcements regarding our next round of applications will be advertised on our website on 21st January 2019 so please check the website then.