Walton Shernaz, Finlay Andrew
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Hull York Medical School (H.Y.M.S.), Hull, United Kingdom
Department of Dermatology, The Princess Royal Hospital, Saltshouse Road, Hull, HU8 9HE, United Kingdom
There has been a recent surge of overseas trainees arriving in the U.K. and applying for clinical attachments. Most of these doctors have obtained the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (P.L.A.B.) certificate prior to seeking training posts. The General Medical Council (G.M.C.) offers limited registration to trainees after obtaining a suitable post. After successful completion of a year, they can be considered for full registration. To avoid disappointments in fulfilling one's goals in career progression, a good understanding of the training system needs to be obtained before embarking on a difficult and often lengthy career path.
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Prior to entry into specialist training, all trainees are required to complete a minimum period of 2 years General Professional Training (GPT) in approved Senior House Officer (SHO) posts, including 6 months of acute unselected medical admissions. A period of similar training in India may be considered by the Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training (JCHMT) on an individual basis.
· MRCP (UK or Ireland). Most trainees in the U.K. or Ireland will have obtained this diploma during their 2 years of GPT. Applicants who do not hold the MRCP diploma must satisfy the appropriate higher training body i.e. the JCHMT, that their qualifications and experience are equivalent to those required of U.K. applicants. The following overseas qualifications in General Internal Medicine are currently recognised as equivalent to the MRCP for entry into specialist training:
American Boards of Internal Medicine
FCPS (Pakistan) FRACP Part 1
FCP (South Africa) MHKCP
MD (Columbo) M Med (Singapore)
FRCP (Canada) M Med (Malaysia)
Aspiring trainees with other qualifications would be unwise to assume that their qualification is equivalent and should obtain the MRCP(UK) if they wish to train in the UK.
Further information on the JCHMT and specialist training in the UK may be found on: http://www.jchmt.org.uk
Pre-registration house officer post (one year) followed by…
Dermatology Diploma / Degree Courses for Dermatologists
MSc (CLINICAL DERMATOLOGY)
St. John's Institute of Dermatology, London
A full-time course and lasts a full calendar year commencing every October. The course includes pharmacology, histopathology, infectious diseases, immunology, contact dermatitis, tropical diseases and photobiology. The course is designed mainly for overseas doctors wishing to take up dermatology as a career and who have three years postgraduate experience and within those three years a minimum of six months training in dermatology. There is a requirement for a dissertation. For further details:
Diploma in Dermatological Sciences and MSC in Dermatology
Department of Dermatology, Cardiff University, Cardiff.
The Diploma in Dermatological Sciences is a structured programme designed for doctors who wish to specialise in dermatology. The course gives firm grounding in the fundamentals of clinical and scientific dermatology. New modules in surgical and cosmetic dermatology have recently been added to the curriculum.
The full-time course covers a complete academic year commencing in October each year. Examinations held at the end of the course lead to the Diploma in Dermatological Sciences. After the successful completion of the Diploma course, students are eligible for progression to the MSc Degree. The duration of the MSc course extension is from July - November (a total of five months) and consists of taught and dissertation elements. For further details:
Diploma in Dermatology Examination
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
This examination is held twice yearly, usually in March and October. To be eligible to sit the examinations, satisfactory evidence of the following must be provided:
For further details:
Dermatology Diploma Courses For General Practitioners
Diploma In Practical Dermatology
This is a 30 week international e-learning distance course organised by the Department of Dermatology, Cardiff University. This is a highly interactive web-based course aimed at improving the knowledge of GPs concerning dermatology in practice. For further details:
This is a 30 week distance learning course with clinical training days in London aimed at improving the knowledge of GPs concerning dermatology in practice. For further details: