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Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme

MTI 2023 update

Key dates, updates to eligibility criteria and applications process, and answers to frequently asked questions

If you’re already taking part in the RCOG's MTI scheme as a trainee or as an NHS hospital/trust, please visit the MTI resources page.

The Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme allows international medical graduates to come to the UK to train within the NHS.

Introduction to the MTI scheme

The MTI scheme allows International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to come to the UK for a maximum of 2 years to train within the National Health Service (NHS).

IMGs benefit greatly from the knowledge, skills and techniques learned within the NHS and can use them to improve the level of patient care in their home country on their return.

In addition, UK hospitals who provide a placement for IMGs benefit from increased workforce capacity and the skills and knowledge that IMGs can share with their UK colleagues.

During the placement, IMGs follow a similar assessment process to UK trainees. The expectations of IMGs in terms of their performance and targets should be based on the same standards as UK trainees at ST2 level initially, until, with support from the hospital, they move to ST3-5 level for the majority of their placement.