International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP)
The International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP) comes under 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 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 newest guidance on recent changes to the MTI Scheme
Get in touch
The 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.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7869 6053
We are able to answer calls Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm