GMC Approved Medical Schools In Georgia

Last Updated on August 12, 2022

The State of Georgia Medical Board regulates all medical professional licensure and certification within the state. It is the responsibility of the external applicant to ensure that their application is not only complete, but also accurate.

In order to apply for medical school, you first need to find the right school. Use our list of approved schools to help guide you. After finding your potential college, ask them what they need from you. Some schools require a Pre-Accreditation Committee Application and an Area V Pre-Med advisor recommendation form. Other schools will require a completed transcript request form and a Program Director Evaluation form.

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GMC lists New Vision University – Georgia  

We are pleased to announce that the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK, has added New Vision University (NVU) to its list, following the application for registration by the first NVU medical graduates.

The first applications from the specific University are reviewed on a case by case basis against the GMC’s criteria as detailed below.Offer a minimum of 5,500 Clock Hours over at least 3 years

The GMC defines Clock Hours, as those hours spent in Lectures, Tutorials (Seminar Classes) and Clinical Training. This does not include hours spent in exams or carrying out independent work, also, the GMC does not recognise distance learning or online studies (exceptions apply during the pandemic). The GMC’s full published guidelines can be found HERE (the definition of Clock Hours is listed on page 7).

The MD Study programme at NVU offers 6,015 – 6,145 Clock Hours, broken into 5,745 from Core Modules, and 270-400 from Elective Modules (elective Clock Hours will vary based on the student’s choices).

It is important to note, that a minimum number of Clock Hours must be spent studying at a Medical University as previous studies from a non-medical course (for example a BSc degree) cannot have more than a set number of recognised credits.Be Part of the World Directory of Medical Schools.

Requirements for registration with the GMC

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The General Medical Council (GMC) is the medical authority in the UK. You need to be registered with the GMC and have a license to practise in order to work as a UK doctor. There are no exceptions.

The whole process of getting registered can be easy and quick, or difficult and long depending on how well you prepare your documents.

In this post I’ll walk you through all the requirements you’ll need to submit for GMC registration so your experience will be as smooth as possible. The exact combination of documents will be different for each doctor depending on individual circumstances but we go over the important requirements here.

Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ)

Your PMQ is your medical degree. The GMC will need to be satisfied that your PMQ is from a legitimate reputable university.

So is your university reputable according to the GMC? This is easy to check. It should be included on list A or B, and NOT on List C or D.

  • List A: World Directory of Medical Schools
  • List B: GMC approved list for schools not on the World Directory
  • List C: GMC “blacklist”
  • List D: GMC “greylist”

If your university is not on any of these lists, you should contact the GMC via email [email protected] for further advice.

Your university can appear on more than one list:

  • If your school is on list C, even if it is also on list A, then I’m afraid this is the end of your journey until the GMC removes your school from list C. You can email the GMC, but the chances of acceptance are low.
  • If your school is on both list A and D, then you may still have a chance. Graduates from schools on the “grey-list” are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Again, it’s best to email the GMC for guidance.

ECFMG and EPIC verification

Once you’ve established that you have an acceptable PMQ, you will need to have your certificate or diploma verified by a GMC-trusted third party. That’s where the ECFMG and EPIC come in; they are US-based organisations specialising in verifying credentials.

The verification process can take time, so the earlier you do this the better. An ideal time to do this is between after you’ve taken PLAB 1.

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Please click HERE to find NVU’s listing.Complete Clinical Rotations (including Medicine & Surgery) offered as part of the MD programme and overseen by the University.

NVU offers 3,255 Clock Hours of clinical rotations in approved hospitals, which constitutes the last 3 years of the MD course. Medicine and Surgery clinical rotations are also provided in specific departments as prescribed by the GMC in their list of specialty areas. NVU has set learning objectives and established processes to monitor the learning opportunities of each placement, as well as a final end of placement sign-off of the student’s experience within each placement.

In conclusion, we would like to highlight that it is irrelevant if previous students of a particular University have registered with the GMC or if a University indeed has had any graduates submit their documents for registration for it to be registered by the GMC, what ultimately matters, is that the Medical School meets the requirements or not. An article previously published by SME regarding this can be found HERE, and provides communication from the GMC itself verifying this.

As always, we strongly urge students to contact the GMC directly at [email protected] to make their own enquiries.FEATURED IN

Proof of clinical knowledge and skills

On top of your PMQ with ECFMG certification, you will need to demonstrate that you reach the standard level of medical knowledge and skills expected of UK doctors who have just completed internship.

This can be achieved through 6 main routes.

  1.  PLAB
  2. Acceptable overseas registration exam
  3. Relevant European qualification (REQ)
  4. Acceptable postgraduate qualification
  5. Sponsorship
  6. CESR/CEGPR

1. PLAB (UKMLA from 2024)

PLAB stands for the Professional Linguistic and Assessments Board. The exam has 2 components: PLAB 1 which is a written test, and PLAB 2 which is a practical test.

PLAB is specifically for IMGs who qualify outside the EU. UK graduates and EU graduates do not need to sit PLAB.

Fortunately with the right preparation, PLAB is a very manageable exam and there are good pass rates which are increasing year on year.

2. Acceptable overseas registration exam

As of January 12, 2021, you may be exempt from PLAB if you have previously passed any of the following licensing exams:

  • USMLE (Step 1, Step 2 CK & Step 2 CS)
  • AMC (MCQ Examination & Clinical Examination) or
  • MCCQE (Part I & II in English)

This is only applicable if you passed the exams before a certain date:

  • USMLE: On or before 13 March 2020
  • AMC: On or before 5 March 2020
  • MCCQE:  On or before 27 October 2020

You must also have passed the exam in no more than four attempts. If you sat the exam more than four times before passing, you will not be eligible to use this route.

Also, if you have taken and failed PLAB part 1 or 2 after you passed one of the above exams, then you are not eligible for this route.

3. Relevant European qualification (REQ)

As of January 1, 2021, IMGs who completed their Primary Medical Qualification (medical school) or are on the specialist register in the EU may be exempt from PLAB. This is now applicable even if you are not an EU national. EU nationals are no longer exempt from PLAB if they went to a medical school outside the EU. 

However, if your REQ is over 2 years old, you should be be able to show that you have been working since graduation. If you have not practiced for 60% of the time since graduation (or over the last five years, if you graduated more than five years ago) in a full time role, plus a minimum of 6 months in the last 12 months, then the GMC may require more information from you or they may require you to sit PLAB.

4. Acceptable postgraduate qualification (PGQ)

The GMC has a list of postgraduate qualifications that they accept for full registration. This means you can bypass PLAB by having one of the qualification on the list.

This list includes UK postgraduate qualifications such as MRCP and MRCS, but also includes some overseas qualifications so it’s worth checking if yours is on the list. 

  • If you have a qualification on this list, then well done! You have already demonstrated your skills and knowledge for full registration. You do not need to take PLAB. All you need to do is have your certificate or diploma verified through ECFMG along with your PMQ.
  • If you have a qualification that is not on this list, you could potentially write to the UK medical Royal College of your specialty to ask whether they would consider your qualification as equivalent to theirs. If your qualification is accepted, then great. If not, you can either obtain a new qualification that is accepted, or you can sit PLAB, or you can obtain sponsorship (see below).
  • If do not have a qualification on this list, you could gain one by sitting the relevant exam eg. MRCP or MRCS, or you can sit PLAB, or you can gain sponsorship (see below).

5. Sponsorship

It is possible to gain GMC registration without sitting PLAB or having an accepted PGQ. This is achieved through sponsorship. Some institutions provide sponsorship for GMC registration allowing you to bypass PLAB and PGQ. 

For more information about how you can gain sponsorship, please check the official websites and contact them directly. It’s always best to contact the sponsors directly for more information because rules change frequently.

Medical Training Initiative (MTI)

MTI is a type of sponsorship that allows doctors to work in the UK for a maximum of 2 years. Although your visa to work in the UK is only for 2 years, the GMC registration you gain is permanent and will not be revoked after 2 years.

MTI is a great option to gain GMC registration for those who do not plan to migrate to the UK permanently. If you’re interested in short-term training in the UK

6. CESR (Article 14)/CEGPR

If you are already a specialist overseas, then you may be able to gain direct registration as a specialties and be recognised immediately as a UK Consultant. This involves compiling a set of documents demonstrating that you have the equivalent training and experience of a doctor who has completed specialty training (residency in the UK). This is known as the CESR route.

If you are already a practising general/family medicine practitioner, then again, you may be able to do the same and be immediately recognised as a UK GP. This is the CEGPR route

It is a tedious process, and usually unsuccessful for those who do not have any UK experience, but it is a possibility and some IMGs have succeed with this.

Please note that is not enough to submit a CV of your work history for a successful application. The GMC typically expects 800-1,000 pages of documents detailing your training and experience.

Which route should you take?

You need to go through one of these routes to gain GMC registration: PLAB, PGQ or sponsorship or CESR/CEGPR. There are no other routes.

To help you decide which route is most suitable for you, we’ve written a whole guide that you can check out:

English proficiency

There are different ways to prove to the GMC that you can communicate in English as a medical professional. Which evidence you use depends on whether you are taking the PLAB route or the PGQ/sponsorhip route.

PLAB route

There are 3 options:

1. IELTS Academic version

  • To pass you need an overall score of 7.5 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the different sections (reading, writing, listening, speaking) all in the same test.

2. OET Medicine

  • You’ll need to score at least a ‘B’ grade in all sections in the same test to pass GMC requirements.

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3. Your PMQ

  • To use your PMQ as evidence of English it has to meet certain criteria:
    1. The PMQ was taught and examined solely in English, and
    2. At least 75% of your communication with patients, their relatives, and colleagues, was also in English.
  • You cannot use this route in any of the following circumstances:
  1. Your university is on this list.
  2. You have failed IELTS or OET in the past.
  3. Your medical school is not willing to produce a certificate confirming that they fulfil the English requirements.
  4.  It has been more than 2 years since you passed your final exam and you don’t meet the additional criteria (see below).
  • Even if you meet all the criteria, the GMC still holds the right to reject your PMQ as proof of English proficiency, particularly if you studied in a country where English is not the first and native language.

PGQ or Sponsorship route

There are 3 additional ways to prove your English proficiency if you are going through the PGQ route or the sponsorship route as long as you have not previously failed IELTS or OET.

  1. You’ve worked as a doctor in an English speaking country.
    • This is an option if your PMQ was not taught in English but you have worked as a doctor in a country where English is the first and native language for the past 2 years.
  2. You have a UK job offer.
    • If you already have a job offer in the UK and you have fulfilled your future employer’s own requirements for English then this is an option. However, most employers will require you to take an English test such as IELTS or OET.
  3. You passed an English test elsewhere.
    • You can use this option if you have passed the English test for registration in a country where English is the first and native language. So for example, you passed the test for registration in Australia. This has to be within the last 2 years.
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Proof of internship or equivalent experience

Provisional registration

If you are applying for provisional registration, then you can skip the requirement for internship. Keep in mind that with provisional registration, you can only apply to a formal FY1 training post through the UK Foundation Programme. You will not be eligible for any other type of job as a doctor, not even a non-training FY1 position.

Full registration through the PLAB route

If you’re applying for full registration through the PLAB route, the GMC will want to verify that you have had clinical-based experience and training equivalent to the first year of the UK Foundation Programme AKA Foundation Year 1 or FY1.

This can done through one of 2 ways:

  1. An internship programme of at least 12 months duration or
  2. Continuous postgraduate medical practice for at least 2 straight years.

While postgraduate work should obviously have taken place after graduation, internship can be either in your final year of medical school or the year right after graduation.

Both types need to have taken place at a public hospital under supervision. That means if you worked as a doctor seeing patients on your own in a private clinic or doing home visits, then this will not count.

There are also requirements for how much time was spent in medical and surgical rotations.

 Formal internship (12-18 months long)Formal internship (longer than 18 months)2 years postgraduate medical practice
Minimum time in medicine 3 months6 months3 continuous months
Minimum time in surgery 3 months6 months3 continuous months

You will need a certificate or letter from the hospital you completed your internship or postgraduate experience at. The letter must contain the dates and specialties of all your clinical rotations.

Full registration through the PGQ or Sponsorship route

In paragraph 6 of the GMC guidance for internship, it states that “applicants applying through the PGQ or Sponsorship routes are considered to have demonstrated the necessary experience for full registration.”

This means that your internship does not need to meet the same criteria as the PLAB route. If the GMC officer handling your case is giving you a hard time about internship even if you’re applying through the PGQ or Sponsorship route, do refer them to the guidance linked above.

5 year activity record

The GMC want to know what you’ve been up to after your medical degree for the past 5 years only. You do not do provide a record of activities for anything more than 5 years ago. The sorts of activities you can include in your record are: medical work, non-medical work, clinical attachments, unemployment, maternity leave, study leave, vacation, and career breaks.

You only need employer references if you’ve done medical work without being registered, or any non-medical work.

Registration through the sponsorship route requires that you have been actively practising medicine in the last 5 years.

You do not have to be continuously practising for the whole 5 years but you should have been active for 3 years in total, including the most recent 12 months.

Certificate of Good Standing

If you’ve been working as a doctor overseas anytime in the past 5 years, then the GMC expects that you are registered as a doctor with the relevant medical authority in order to legally practise medicine there. You will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) from that medical authority. 

  • If you are registered or hold a license with more than one medical authority, you need a CGS from each and every one you’ve been registered with over the last 5 years. 
  • If you have been registered somewhere in the past but haven’t been registered with them for more than 5 years, then you don’t need a CGS from them.
  • If you are registered somewhere in the last 5 years but have never actually worked there, you still need a CGS.
  • If there is no medical authority where you’ve worked, you’ll need to contact the GMC for further advice.
  • If you have been working without any registration or official license to practise because it is not required to work as a doctor for any reason, you’ll need to contact the GMC about your situation for further advice.
  • If you are not registered with any medical authority because you have not yet worked as a doctor, then you do not need to submit a Certificate of Good Standing

Some countries have a medical council or medical board for every region; check which ones the GMC accepts certificates from in this database.

Passport

Once your application is approved, you will have to come to the UK to have your passport verified for ID checks.  For those going through the PLAB route, the ID can be checked on the day of the PLAB 2 exam to avoid an additional journey to the UK.

Deadlines

These tend to be strictly followed although sometimes the GMC may grant some leniency if you contact them directly. If you do not fall within the set time limits and the GMC does not grant any leniency, then you will have to repeat some of the steps so do make sure you adhere to rules!

  • Your registration must be approved within 2 years of passing any English test.
  • PLAB 1 must be taken within 2 years of passing an English test, but if you wait this long you will have to repeat the English test for GMC registration.
  • PLAB 2 must be taken within 2 years of passing PLAB 1.
  • Your application for either provisional or full registration must be approved within 2 years of passing PLAB 2.
  • Your application for full registration must be approved within 3 years of passing a postgraduate qualification, if it has been more than 3 years then you will need to show that you have been working and kept updated since then.

Take note that these time limits are for when your registration must be approved. This means you do not have up to 2 or 3 years to apply. If you apply too close to the time limit, your registration may not be approved in time.

  • Any references from employers are only valid for 3 months.
  • A Certificate of Good Standing is only valid for 3 months.

Once you submit all your documents to the GMC your application will stay open for 3 months. During that time the GMC may request for missing documents. Each time they ask you will have only 2 weeks to produce the missing paperwork. This is usually not enough time for a lot of things!

So make sure you give everything they ask for the first time. 

If your application is not approved within 3 months then you will have to submit a new application and you might even need to repeat some of the requirements as they might be outdated by then.

What now?

Now that you know the requirements, its time to figure out your career path and plan ahead.

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Acceptable overseas qualifications

If your primary medical qualification is from outside the UK and is not a relevant European qualification, we need to make sure it’s acceptable in the UK. 

As part of your application, you’ll need to send us a copy of your qualification. 

There are some qualifications we already know aren’t accepted in the UK, or are only accepted in some cases. We list them in this guide.

You should check whether your qualification is acceptable before you start an application with us.

Once you have checked your primary medical qualification meets our acceptability criteria, you’ll need to have it (and your acceptable postgraduate qualification, if applicable) independently verified before we can grant your registration with a licence to practise. Read about what this means for you.Why read this guide?To find out how we assess qualifications and whether yours is acceptable. Next stepsIf you have an acceptable qualification, you can apply using GMC Online. 

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Overseas medical qualifications we may accept

We assess these qualifications on a case by case basis against our current criteria. Please note that the criteria we use to define an acceptable overseas qualification may change.

 CountryMedical institution 
ArubaAureus University School of Medicine (formerly known as All Saints University of Medicine)Xavier University School of Medicine 
Caribbean Netherlands (formerly the Netherlands Antilles)University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine 
Cayman IslandsSt Matthew’s University School of Medicine 
China Hangzhou School of Medicine, Hangzhou Normal University Shantou UniversityWeifang Medical College
Commonwealth of DominicaAll Saints University School of Medicine 
GeorgiaNew Vision University
GuyanaAmerican International School of Medicine
 IndiaGujarat University – Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Medical Education Trust Medical College (AMC MET Medical College)
IndiaRajiv Ghandi University of Health Sciences – Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences
JapanNara Medical University
MauritiusUniversity of Technology Mauritius Anna Medical College
PhilippinesUniversity of the East Ramon Magasaysay Memorial Medical
RussiaNizhny Novgorod State Medical AcademyNorth-Western Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov (formerly known as St Petersburg State Medical Academy n.a. I.I. Mechnikov, Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy and Saint Petersburg Medical Institute of Hygiene and Sanitation and Leningrad Medical Institute of Hygiene and Sanitation)Ryazan State Ivan Petrovich Pavlov Medical University Medical FacultySt Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University (formerly known as 1st St Petersburg IP Pavlov Medical Institute, 1st Leningrad IP Pavlov Medical Institute, St Petersburg State Medical University and Sankt-Petersburgsij Gosudarstvennij Medicinskij Universitet)St Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy (formerly known as St Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Institute, Leningrad Red Banner of Labor Medical Pediatric Institute and Leningrad Medical Pediatric Institute)
SamoaOceania University of Medicine 
Saint Kitts and NevisWindsor University School of Medicine (for students who graduated on or before 30 October 2012)International University of Health SciencesUniversity of Medicine and Health SciencesSt Theresa’s Medical University
Saint LuciaDestiny University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (formerly known as College of Medicine and Health Sciences)International American UniversitySpartan Health Sciences University (for courses commenced on or after 1 January 2009)College of Medicine and Health Sciences, St LuciaCollege of Medicine, International American University
Saint Maarten (formerly the Netherlands Antilles)American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (for courses commenced before 1 September 2019) 
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesAll Saints University College of MedicineAmerican University of St. Vincent School of Medicine Saint James School of Medicine
 Sri Lanka South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine
TanzaniaHubert Kaikuri Memorial University
UgandaKigezi International School of Medicine
Ukraine  Lugansk State Medical University located in Rubizhne (transfer student
United States of America Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic MedicineTouro University of California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) (this only applies to students who graduated on or after 1 January 2010)

What should you do if your medical school is listed?

If you are a graduate of any of the institutions on this list, and you are thinking of applying to sit the PLAB test or registering with us, please email [email protected]

You need to include your GMC reference number (if you have one) and full details of your medical school.

Why is your medical school on this list?

There are a number of reasons why we may add a medical institution to this list. For example, where we have information that:

  • the medical school offers courses that lead to qualifications that do not meet the criteria alongside some courses that do.

I am an administrator of a medical school on this list

If you are from a medical school which appears on this list, you can request a review of your institution’s qualification at any time. Simply complete the medical school qualification review form and send it to us, along with any evidence, for assessment. We also have guidance to help you complete the form. If you have any queries, please contact GMCRegInvTea[email protected] medical qualifications we do not acceptNextQualifications not listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools

Summary

In conclusion, the requirements you need to submit depend on which route you take. Which route to take will depend on your level of experience and training, and your ideal career pathway. PLAB is certainly the easiest starting point for the majority of IMGs who are quite early on in their careers. It is also the most flexible in terms of job and training opportunities. 

Whatever you decide, I recommend creating an online GMC account as early as possible and start completing your requirements systematically. Once all requirements are complete, it’s time to hit submit!

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