After you graduate

A different kind of graduate

GMC registration

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB BS joint degree from the two universities, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Foundation Programme

Medical school graduates continue to train for two years while working as junior doctors in the NHS, in Foundation Year 1 posts. This two-year foundation period forms a bridge for newly qualified doctors between medical school and specialist training. Trainees gain experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and GP surgeries.

To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

In North and East Yorkshire, Foundation training is coordinated by the North Yorkshire East Coast Foundation School, one of three sub-deaneries within the broader Yorkshire and the Humber Postgraduate Deanery. We have close links with the Deanery, as the majority of our graduating students choose to stay in the Yorkshire region to continue their training.

Future changes to GMC registration

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens, UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB BS degree. It is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC is currently considering whether to introduce a formal assessment that all doctors would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced, applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.