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GMC Registration via the USMLE Pathway

  • March 29, 2022

Most of you will be aware that the GMC accept the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) for consideration for GMC registration. 

Overview of USMLE?

The USMLE is a three-part exam for medical licensing in the United States. The USMLE evaluates a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, as well as exhibit core patient-centered abilities, that are critical in health and disease and provide the foundation for safe and successful patient care.

A committee made up of individuals from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the general public governs the USMLE. This committee is in charge of the program's general direction, as well as identifying and approving scoring and pass/fail processes, as well as any important policies and procedures.

Is my USMLE valid for GMC Registration?

Please note, you will be expected to have passed Step 2 CS on or before March 13th, 2020 and passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK at any time in order to use USMLE for your registration. If you desire to achieve FULL registration, you must still fulfil the standards set out by the GMC for all candidates. This will include having passed OET/IELTS. You can view the full list of requirements for GMC registration here.

How do I start the process?

The process is the same as if you used any other GMC approved postgraduate qualification:

  • Open GMC application on their website.
  • Obtain USMLE certificate and submit to GMC.
  • Submit your IELTS/OET.
  • Get a certificate of good standing (if applicable).
  • Ensure you have completed EPIC Verification
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Come to the UK for an identity check (Not applicable during Covid).

You need an acceptable pattern of internship in order to be eligible for FULL GMC registration. You will also need to provide details of your experience for the last five years as well as your registration or licensing history.

What happens next?

If the GMC require further information, they will ask you, and you should respond appropriately. If your situation changes, you should notify them as soon as possible. Once you have received confirmation of your GMC registration you will be eligible to work in the UK!

Relocating to the UK

If you are an international Doctor with USMLE who would like to relocate to the UK, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your relocation journey to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of blogs and vlogs to the group each day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos covering everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS.

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go with IMG Advisor the Podcast! You can listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

Finally, we have just launched our new Instagram, so if you are a member, feel free to follow us to view our posts and IGTV: @bdiresourcing


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