RCOG MTI Scheme Postponement
Update Monday 23 March 2020
As a result of the increased spread of COVID-19 the RCOG has taken the difficult decision to postpone intake into the MTI scheme.
The decision has been made to ensure that MTI placements provide suitable training opportunities, and protect the health of trainees, NHS staff and patients, along with supporting the global containment and reduction in the spread of COVID-19.
We hope to be able to recommence placement in the coming months. We will be in touch with all short listed applicants for MTI and those Trusts that have already requested a placement under the scheme in the coming weeks to update on when we may be able to recommence placements.
The RCOG has taken this decision as a responsible action in these exceptional circumstances. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Our hospital has requested a placement under the scheme for 2020, what will happen next?
We will be closely monitoring the situation and will recommence the scheme as soon as possible. The RCOG MTI Office will be in contact again in the coming weeks with an update.
Our hospital intended to request a placement under the scheme, what should we do?
We are currently not processing requests for MTI. If you are interested in placing under the scheme please contact MTI@rcog.org.uk and we will contact you once we recommence placements under the scheme.
Will wait listed MTI applicants still be placed under the MTI scheme?
The RCOG will endeavour to honour all short listed applications, should a suitable placement become available.
Applications for MTI 2020 have now closed.
Applicants will be contacted in early February 2020 following the assessment panel reviews to advise whether or not their application has been successfully shortlisted to the next stage of the process: IRC interviews.
The requirements for the MTI 2020 round have changed.
Before beginning your application or contacting us, please make sure you read all the information and instructions on this page.
All information relating to the application process and eligibility to apply to MTI 2020 can be found on this webpage, or in the FAQs for doctors section.
Please note that for MTI 2020 applicants are no longer required to organize an interview with their IRC Chair prior to making their MTI application. Please do not contact your IRC Chair.
Timeline and key dates for MTI 2020
Monday 14 October 2019
|Applications open for MTI 2020
Thursday 31 October 2019
|Assessment of Training (AoT) deadline for MTI 2020
Friday 22 November 2019 at 23:59 UK time
|Applications close for MTI 2020
|20/24 January 2020
||Complete applications assessed by the MTI Selection Panel
|Friday 7 February 2020
||Finalisation of shortlist
|Friday 13 March 2020
||Completion of IRC interviews for shortlisted candidates
|Friday 20 March 2020
||Finalisation of successful / waitlisted candidates
Checklist for a complete MTI application
Your complete MTI application must consist of the following:
- PDF or Word document bundle of:
- Application form
- Assessment of Training (AoT) approval letter
- IELTS score sheet OR Occupational English Test (OET) score sheet
- Passport copy
- Certificates, publications, additional attachments
- 2 professional references – sent to MTI directly by supervisors
- Head of department (HoD) form – sent to MTI directly by HoD
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You must provide a complete application with all the documents listed below.
Please clearly state your name (in full as it appears in your passport) and RCOG registration number on each document.
All forms should be downloaded, completed and emailed to email@example.com before the deadline.
Any incomplete applications will not be considered.
1-4: Combine your own documents into a bundle
The following documents 1-4 should be completed and combined into one single document (bundle).
You must send this bundle attached in one single email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the following email subject:
MTI Application 2020 _ [your name in full] _ [your RCOG registration number]
- Application form (Word document 921kb)
- Scanned copy of your valid IELTS certificate OR scanned copy of your Occupational English Test (OET). This must be valid until the end of December 2020.
- Scanned copy of the Assessment of Training (AoT) letter from the RCOG Examination Department, confirming your assessment of training for the Part 2 MRCOG.
- Scanned copy of your passport
The combined bundle should also include scanned copies of any relevant certificates, publications, or additional documents.
All of the above documents must be sent in one (1) email, ideally in the same bundle. We will not be able to track documents for MTI application sent in separate emails and different dates. Before submitting the application, please make sure all required documents for the application are correctly attached and complete.
5-6: Professional references and HoD forms
The following documents 5-6 must be completed and sent to email@example.com directly by/from the supervisors and Head of Department themselves.
- Two (2) professional references (Word document 905kb)
- You must ask two (2) referees to complete the reference form for you. One of these must be someone who currently supervises your training.
- Referees should be Members or Fellows of the RCOG but we will accept references from other supervisors should you have problems with contacting Fellows or Members.
- Reference forms must be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org separately, and must come directly from the referees themselves.
- Head of department (HoD) form (Word document 905kb)
Your Head of Department must complete and send the form directly to email@example.com.
If you do not have a direct Head of Department, please ask the most senior supervisor in O&G to complete this form.
Please note that the HoD must not be one of your 2 professional referees.
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- We must receive all parts of your application by the deadline for your application to be eligible. Incomplete applications, or applications received after the deadline, will not be assessed.
- There is no flexibility in the criteria for the scheme. All applicants must ensure they obtain the correct IELTS/OET score and have the required amount of postgraduate training with no gaps in employment in the last 12 months.
- Complete applications which meet the full criteria will be taken forward for assessment by the MTI Selection Panel in January 2020.
- You will not be contacted until your application is marked by the assessment panel. Please accept the automatic reply message as confirmation of receipt of your application.
We receive an incredibly high number of applications and cannot respond to individual enquiries regarding the application and assessment process.
- If your application has met the standard set at the assessment meeting, you will then be required to attend an interview with the local International Representative Committee (IRC) chairs. Following this, you will be informed whether you have been successful / waitlisted in the MTI 2020 round. However, this does not mean that you will receive a job offer. Successful candidates will be matched with available posts in order of the scores obtained during the assessment (highest scoring applicants will be matched with hospitals first). The number of placed applicants will depend of the number of jobs being offered.
- If you do not hear from us about the placement until end of June 2020, please consider your application unsuccessful and consider applying the following year.
- Unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted individually. We regret we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
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- Candidates who are successful can expect to start their placements in the UK around August/September. Occasionally the start date may differ but candidates will receive full information.
- Successful candidates will be guided through the steps of GMC registration and visa application. Therefore, please do not enquire about this before finding out if you have been successful.
- We run only one round of MTI applications per year. The 2020 round opens in October 2019.
- Placements on the MTI scheme are paid. The salary that the MTI doctor receives is in line with trainees at a similar level in the UK. All trainees can expect to commence their MTI training at an equivalent salary to ST3 level. Some hospitals take prior international experience into account and some do not. This is at the discretion of the hospital and not the RCOG.
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You must meet the following criteria to be considered for selection.
- You must have passed the Part 1 MRCOG exam.
- You may hold the Part 2 MRCOG exam. If you attempted and failed it, you are still eligible for the MTI scheme.
- You must not hold the Part 3 MRCOG.
- Language testing
You must have a valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate, IELTS Academic, OR you must hold a valid Occupational English Test (OET) score of A or B.
For IELTS Academic this means:
For more information, please see the GMC's website on Evidence of your knowledge of English.
- A score of at least 7.0 in each of the four domains of the academic test (speaking, listening, reading and writing) as well as a score of no less than 7.5 overall.
- If you score less than 7.0 in any of the four domains of the test we will not be able to accept your certificate, even if your combined score overall is 7.5. This score must be achieved within a single sitting and the IELTS certificate must be in date (it has a 2-year validity) on your first day of your employment in the UK. You are requested to provide the IELTS certificate even if your courses were taught in English.
You can now sign up for a free Understanding IELTS online course to prepare for your language exam.
- Assessment of Training (AoT)
You must have 4 years of supervised postgraduate practice in O&G which has been approved by the RCOG Examination Department. This process is referred to as 'Assessment of Training' (AoT). You will need to submit your Assessment of Training approval letter as evidence.
- If you obtained the AoT letter in previous years, please use this document for your MTI application. There is no need to re-apply for the AoT approval letter if it has been issued to you earlier.
- If you have not had your training assessed, download the AoT form here and following the application process carefully:
- Send your completed AoT application form to the Exams Department and include 'MTI 2020 applicant' in the subject line of your email.
- The AoT application deadline (for MTI 2020 applicants) is Thursday 31 October 2019. This is so that your AoT application can be fully processed, and an approval letter sent to you, in time for the MTI application deadline. There are no exceptions to the AoT deadline. AoT applications sent after the closing date will be processed for the following MTI round.
- Your AoT approval letter must be submitted as part of your application bundle of documents by the MTI deadline of Friday 22 November 2019.
- For queries about the AoT, please read the AoT FAQs or contact the Exams Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The MTI scheme is specifically designed for doctors in training under supervision with fewer than 10 years' experience of working in the specialty. The focus of training is general, at UK ST level years 3-5, aiming to pass Part 2 and Part 3 MRCOG.
- We will not consider applications from doctors with more than 10 years' experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- You must have no right of residence in the UK, EU, EEA or Switzerland. You must also not be in the UK on a dependent visa.
- You must not have held a UKVI Tier 5 visa in the preceding 5 years. A further tier 5 visa cannot be issued within this period.
- You must be a resident of one of DFID 28 countries, low income country or a lower-middle income country (as defined by the World Bank). Applicants from other countries may find that they may not receive their visa sponsorship certificates, even if found to be eligible at the assessment stage.
- You must not have previously attempted and failed the General Medical Council (GMC) Professional and Linguistics Assessment Board (PLAB) test. If you passed the PLAB test, you are eligible to apply for the MTI.
- The GMC requires trainees to have been engaged in medical practice for 3 years of the last 5 years, including the most recent 12 months. Clinical attachments/observerships do not count. Please contact the GMC to clarify any doubts regarding your gaps in employment and your eligibility to be registered as the GMC may consider exceptional cases.
- All applicants for the MTI scheme will need to detail all posts from the time of obtaining their primary medical qualifications in their employment history. Any gaps in employment (unless clearly explained e.g. maternity leave) will result in rejection of the application.
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