BMA streams careers advice for international doctors

by Tim Tonkin

Doctors from around the world have taken part in a BMA event, in partnership with Trewlink, offering information and advice on starting a career in the NHS. 

Location: International
Published: Tuesday 27 April 2021
telemedicine, GPs, covid-19

More than 700 doctors attended the event on Zoom – streamed on Facebook Live – which provided guidance on CV tips, clinical attachments, and applying for a job in the NHS, on 24 April.

The event, which was aimed at overseas doctors already in the UK, and those considering coming to the country, also saw BMA staff answer a ranged of submitted questions and highlight further sources of information and support. 

In recognition of the challenges faced by many overseas doctors and students coming to work or study in the UK, the BMA seeks to provides a wide range of support services, ranging from guidance on working in the NHS to career development and training opportunities. 

Better CVs

In recognition of the challenges faced by many overseas doctors and students coming to work or study in the UK, the BMA provides a wide range of support services, ranging from guidance on working in the NHS to career development and training opportunities. 

During Saturday’s event the BMA’s head of local recruitment Natalie Fitzpatrick and medical careers consultant Sophia Bourne, provided advice on a range of subjects including: 

  • How to develop an effective CV, portfolio, personal statement and covering letter as part of a job application
  • Advice on how to best meet an employer's expectations in an application
  • What are clinical attachments and how to apply for them 
  • Outlining the range of learning modules that are free to access with BMA membership 
  • Explaining the various UK medical career pathways.

Interrupted aspirations

The session also acknowledged the challenges and disruption to medical practice and training resulting from COVID-19 and sought to provide guidance to overseas doctors and international students on visas, GMC registration and exam cancellations during the pandemic. 

Since the event there have so far been 872 sign-ups to the association’s IMG Newsletter and digital support pack.  

Click here to watch the webinar and for more information and guidance for international doctors and medical students, visit the BMA’s website.