Congratulations to all those who have passed PLAB 2. The big step is almost done.
The next step after getting PLAB 2 results is to get yourself registered with GMC.
You can begin the registration process immediately or wait for the congratulations email from GMC which you will receive 2 days after passing your exam.
The following are the steps to begin with the GMC registration:
Step 1: Login to your GMC account and click on the registration.
Step 2: Go to my application
Step 3: Click on apply
Step 4: Click on continue with application
Step 5: Route selection, where they ask Do you have EU rights. Click NO (yes if you have one)
Step 6: Next question is Do you want to apply for entry into either the Specialist register or GP register. Click NO (unless you are choosing that path)
Step 7: If you have completed internship which is accepted by GMC, then click Yes, if not then click no (You will get full GMC registration if completed internship, if you haven’t then you’re eligible for provisional registration)
Step 8: Click on apply.
After you have completed the above mentioned steps, you will then be directed to the registration form where you have to give the details of your internship, any gaps and work done within last 5 years.
1. Your Internship Details:
You fill in the internship details here. Don’t mention the whole internship year in a single line. Fill in the detail of each rotation separately.
GMC _ Your internship details
2. Name Details:
Write you name as per you passport and degree certificate
3. Recent Professional Experience:
In this section you provide details of your work experience in the last five years. You’ll also provide details for any periods when you were unemployed or not engaged in medical practice including, for example, extended holidays or maternity leave.
Make sure you don’t leave any gaps, not even of a single day and that all the dates are in continuity.
4. Registration and Licensing History:
In this section you provide details of registration with any medical authority that you are registered with.
Since I was not registered, I did not fill in any details and moved to the next section.
5. Fitness to Practise – Your Health:
GMC wants to know if you have any health problems that might affect your job once you start working in UK. If you have any medical condition answer accordingly. Almost all the answers will be no if no medical conditions.
I’ve ticked no for all the boxes
6. Declaration of Fitness to Practise:
In this section GMC wants to know if you ever had any trouble with the law. (Read carefully and answer)
I had ticked no for all the boxes.
7. Final Declaration:
By signing this declaration, you’re agreeing to GMC’s rules and regulations.
After signing the final declaration, you proceed to the payment.
I paid 203 GBP, as I’m a recent graduate with only internship experience and the period between my graduation and registration is less than 2 years.
After you have submitted the application, GMC will send you and email, mention what all documents you need to email or post them.
You’ll need to email them the PDF copies of following documents:
- Primary medical qualification certificate (MBBS degree).
- Certificate(s) of good standing.
- Evidence of your knowledge of English (IELTS).
- Evidence of completion of an acceptable pattern of internship (Internship/House job certificates).
You can also use the evidence of internship form (link of which will be provided in the same GMC email) and submit. This is what I did because we only get internship certificate which just mentions all the rotations in one line and the starting and ending date of our internship and not the details. So I used this form to provide the details.
For those who can’t get Certificate of Good Standing, like me, you can fill the employer’s reference form (Link also within the same GMC email) and get it filled and signed by your supervisor. In my case I had to get it filled and signed by the Ministry of Health under whom I was doing my internship. (MOH does not provide GSC for interns as they are not registered with them and also are not considered to be their employees)
You have 28 days to send the documents to GMC otherwise they’ll close your application and refund the fee, and you have to make a new application.
Now the next step is to wait for the response from GMC. They’ll let you know if they require any further documents or if your documents have been verified and approved.
For me it took around 1 and 1/2 month to get registration because GMC wanted and letter from MOH stating that registration was not required which MOH was refusing to give me. And after lot of explaining and emails to GMC they finally agreed (keeping in mind I was the second IMG from my university to apply for GMC registration after internship, it took around 3 months for my colleague to get it done). Also MOH was not replying to their emails so I had to keep on calling, emailing and visiting them frequently.
If GMC asks you for any further documents, you need to email them ASAP.
If GMC has verified your documents, they’ll then send you an email stating that your documents have been verified and you need to come for an ID check and they’ll mention what documents you need to carry with you for your ID check.
So after GMC has emailed you that you need to come for an ID check, you need to book an appointment for ID check. You’ll have 3 months from the date you received the last email to go for ID check otherwise you start the process all over again.
How to book appointment?
- Go to you GMC account and login.
- Click on my appointments
- Book the date.
It might be easier for you to book an appointment after your PLAB 2 results as the dates get filled up soon. You might consider booking 4-6 weeks after you PLAB 2 results have been announced if you have all the documents ready. Incase you’re not able to get things done by that time, it’s ok, you can book another date for ID check but make sure its before the 3 months time gets over.
WHAT HAPPENS AT ID CHECK?
So finally I’m done with my ID check and got full registration with license to practise.
So after you book your ID check date either in London or Manchester office, go there 10-15 min before time and they’ll give you a visitor card and tell you to wait.
for the time you are waiting take out the documents they told you to bring for ID check and keep them ready.
One of the person working there will call you in and make you comfortable, will confirm your identity and ask for the documents to verify them and give you a declaration form to sign. usually takes around 30-40 minutes and that’s it done.
They’ll send you the registration documents within 5-10 days (5 days if within UK and 10 days if outside). Your name will be on the registered doctors portal and on your GMC online account on the same day of your ID check itself.