If I were to get a medical degree from a university in the EU, would I be at a disadvantage when it comes to getting a job in the UK?
EU Medical degree Watch
- Thread Starter
- 20-07-2016 19:37
- 20-07-2016 23:10
It depends where you go. Most of the European medical schools include a foundation year as part of their training, which is equivalent to the F1 year in the UK. From my understanding, you cannot apply for a provisional license to practice if you've done a foundation year, but instead apply for full registration. This means that you have to apply for F2 training posts, and it sounds as though there are far more applicants for these than vacancies. The alternative route is to qualify as a specialist in whichever country you studied and then come over.
There are some countries, such as Poland, which do not have a foundation year as part of their courses. The GMC website http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/regist...ifications.asp lists which countries have programs which are eligible for provisional registration. If you went to a medical school where you'd be able to get provisional registration then I think it would be pretty much the same as if you stayed in the UK.
I have no idea what impact Brexit will have on this. If you do decide to study abroad, you should be aware there's a good chance things will have changed if you want to come back in 5-6 years,
- 22-07-2016 17:14
I think it may be an issue if you are not taught in English, and also I am not sure what will happen post-Brexit.
- 23-07-2016 23:14
You wouldn't be at any formal disadvantage as long as the UK remains within the European Union (as distinguishing between degrees awarded in the UK and other Member States is unlawful) but it's anyone's guess what will happen post-Brexit. Both the GMC and the Royal College of Surgeons of England have already made noises about the need to regulate EU-trained as there are concerns in some quarters about language issues and whether training in all Member States is truly equivalent.