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Hi guys,

Let me preface this; I am a Canadian student seriously considering applying to UK for medical undergraduate programs! I am not wanting to ever go back to Canada; in regards to IMG residencies in Canada! I understand the process of becoming a doctor is different in the UK from Canada & from the information i've gathered, I like the UK system better!

I tried to look this up but couldn't find any [good] answers;

Q: Is every postgrad MBBS/MBCHB doctor guaranteed a spot for FY1+FY2?

Q: Does everyone attain placement in a speciality or general practice training?

Q: Will being an international student affect my chances of getting into a FY1, FY2, Speciality training or General practice training position?


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A: No, you are not guaranteed a place for FY1, let alone FY2. However, so far everybody has been placed in recent history at FY1, but this is not a cast-iron guarantee. FY2 opens up to competition from the EU, so again, no promises. Odds are pretty damn good though.

A: No place is guaranteed. Again, the odds are with you, but it might take a few years of applications or you may end up working in a speciality that wasn't your first choice.

A: Check yourself against the eligibility. Have a read of the handbook. However, being international but from a UK awarding body shouldn't stand against you. http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/pages/home
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FY years basically yes, unless it changes (it might).

Speciality - something like 10 percent are actively unemployed each cycle (i.e. looking for work but can't find it). It heavily depends on desired job though - I'd you want neurosurgery and nothing else your chances are much smaller than psychiatry, for instance.

The medicine itself is quite different here too. Fewer investigations and more examinations. Plus the way is funded.
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Thanks so much guys! This has helped a lot! I'll keep you posted if I can think of any other questions!
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