Why did you choose to work for NHS in the UK vs any other country you could have gone to?

Asked by anon (Female, 23) - 3 months ago

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Hafsa Ahmed - 3 months ago

I few reasons really.

The UK is one of the few countries where as an IMG, you really can apply to any specialty and have a real chance. One of the major issues when applying for training in places like Canada or the US is that your options are usually limited and your application is reviewed after local graduates have applied. The UK system of application for specialty training is a bit more transparent. There's a point based system. IMGs have gotten into almost every specialty I can think of.

Second reason, I wasn't completely sure of what I wanted to do longterm(still not, lol) and the UK afforded me time to figure that out. Here, you can work as a non trainee prior to getting your certificate of completion of training. That's not a possiblity in North America.

Applying for residency is super cheap here - basically free. This included applications and entrance exam fees. You sometimes even get reimbursed for travel costs.

Straightforward applications - when applying for training, you apply once nationally. You don't have to worry about applying individually to each program.

The UK is quite diverse. That was a huge sticking point for me.

These are some of the reasons I applied for training in the UK. If you would like to know more about training in the UK as an IMG, please feel free to attend a course organized by the British Somali Medical Association tomorrow - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-medical-graduate-course-tickets-108558066098

Hope that answers your question!

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