Please do not keep asking Consultants for guidance.
Consultants in the UK don't
like to be contacted directly. This puts
them off straight away and you start off on a
Please ask your sponsor in your institution, to
get in touch with one of us here.
I suggest that the Senior consultants in your
parent institution can form a Selection Committee
and select the best candidates for Training in
UK and correspond with us. On my part, I have
a few of our Old Students here who might be able
to help if they are willing and able.
Sort out your paperwork before you approach anyone
i.e. Royal College and GMCTry
to get Hepatitis B immunisation and Antibody titre
certificate before coming here (Occasionlly some
hospitals don't accept the Antibody levels certificate
from Overseas, so you may have to repeat the test)If
you can get police verifiction from overseas,
it might save you time.
If you qualified in India, try to do DNB wherever
possible because it is a Nationwide exam and is
likely to be more uniform whereas the MD is more
You should try to do 1 Year out of Anaesthesia
as this is increasingly expected by the Royal
College of Anaesthetists(RCA)
I will keep adding more guidelines as time passes.
Feel free to ask me questions whenever the answers
are not available on any of the links provided.
I will do my best to answer them.
For Visas, do not misrepresent your visit. Remember
that the Immigration authorities write every word
that you utter and can use it against you if you
try to change your visa status. I have even known
them to send people back to their parent country, even after they
have got a job, merely because they said initially,
that they were just visiting.
Not to forget the Social aspects! Once you are in the UK, you will need a lot of information about accommodation, banking, gas, electricity, cars, etc.
A kind gentleman has compiled links for a lot of these essentials for living in the UK. Living in the UK
click on this link to go to the site.Clinical
Attachment(Click on the link to go to the sample
contract form) is granted by the College Tutor
based on the capacity of the Hospital and the
Institutional policy in force at the time. Remember
it is not something we can "give" at our will
attachments must be arranged between you and the
The Royal College of Anaesthetists cannot assist
in this process. Time
spent in clinical attachments cannot be recognised
towards UK trainingPlease
do not ask me to arrange a Clinical Attachment
for you. I will not be responding to any emails
asking me to do this.
Almost all Trusts have stopped offering Clinical Attachments now
Never Never register with Locum Agencies when
you first arrive! You can only do Locum Appointments for Training (LAT),
approved by the RCAYour GMC Limited Registration will
be granted for a specific post on specified dates
in a named hospital.If you work for an agency moving between
will risk the GMC withdrawing you Limited Registration.
you want to take up a Locum Appointment for Training
(LAT) post this
cannot be done through an agency. LAT posts have
to be approved by the
local Postgraduate Dean and are advertised in
the medical press eg The
British Medical Journal.
Locum Appointments for Training (LAT).
Remember that most consultants who are willing
to sponsor you, have not done any Locums other
than in the hospital that they work in.
Locum jobs get you the worst lists and can land
you into trouble and finish your career off before
you even start.
It also uses up your Permit Free period of Training.
You will also permanently lose the support of
any Consultants who are willing to sponsor you.A lot of people
don't seem to know the training structure in the
General information is available on the RCA website
publication pages http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/publications/
in The CCST in Anaesthesia Part I and the detailed
syllabus is contained in The CCST in Anaesthesia
Parts II to IV.
Go through the Primary FRCA syllabus
and read books like the one by Smith & Aitkenhead
(which describes Anaesthesia exactly as it is
practised in the UK).
Practice talking and answering questions. Ask
your teachers to conduct mock interviews and mock
viva's. There is a lot of preparation involved
and this in turn involves a lot of hard work for
the sponsors (both in India and UK) and the sponsored.
A lot of us don't do well in Interviews because
we don't practice. It is a lot harder than we
think!Try these links
for tips on Interview techniques and CV writing:Useful
tips for InterviewsSome advice is also available on the FAQ page (click on the link to take you there) Fresh Gas Flow is a website by Dr Prasanna Tilakaratna. Please go through the "Anaesthesia Scan" which would be useful for problem solving in Interviews and exams. CV
Click on the links below to go to some useful
sites which give tips on CV writing:Indi_go
Click on this link to go to the Yahoo Group of Indi_go. You have to join the group (Free!) to access the Forum. In the main menu on the left, click on "Files" and you can see some expert advice on CVshttp://www.alec.co.uk/cvtips/index.htmhttp://www.soon.org.uk/cvpage.htmhttp://www.cvcl.co.uk/personnel.htmhttp://www.writinghelp-central.com/
schools of Anaesthesia now have a mentoring system,
in which a Consultant is the Mentor (friend, philosopher
and guide) to one or more trainees. This
helps the trainees approach a designated person
who guides them professionally and if need be
outside the professional circle as well.This
makes it easier in our stressful specialty to
cope with the stress and strain at work and outside.How
to best utilise your trainingAfter
your initial acclimatisation, get hold of one
very good and sympathetic SHO or SpR and hang
on to them! Follow
them around on lists and more importantly during
on calls. All SHOs have to undergo a Competency
based assessment before they do solo On Calls.
if you shadow someone good during your breaking
in period, you will much more capable of comfortably
doing your on calls when the time comes.Yes,
it is a little extra hard work, but well worth
Regarding the English Test, I have no personal
experience. So speak to people who have actually
taken the test.What
I believe is that most of us Overseas Doctors,
are good at written English and spoken English
(having an accent does not mean we can't "speak"
Speaking well, is more about vocabulary and grammar
and construction of sentences than a British accent
(Natural or acquired)I strongly recommend making an effort
at speaking to friends and colleagues in English
and also listening to the Radio, especially group
discussions. Very few in UK speak the classical
BBC News kind of English. Preparation is the key to any exam of
any nature, so be prepared!ASSOCIATIONS
is a British International Doctors' Association
(BIDA) which helps with Induction, Mentorship
and generally provides support to Overseas Doctors.British Association of Indian Anaesthetists (BAOIA)