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Specialty Recruitment

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Recruitment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are links to frequently asked questions for trainees in relation to the impacts on training in Scotland, as well as UK National Recruitment. Please note that these are updated on an ongoing basis so please check back regularly for updates. 

Scotland specific - can be found here on the Scotland Deanery website. 

UK National Recruitment - can be found here



2 April 2020 Update

Thank you for your patience whilst contingency plans have been put in place and approved. We are now in a position to confirm further details, please click here

30 March 2020 Update

Following the cancellation of all face-to-face recruitment, contingency plans have been reviewed for all medical and surgical specialties by senior clinical representatives from across the four nations, and junior doctor representatives from the BMA JDC and AoMRC trainees’ committee, supported by the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection (MDRS) team. A number of general principles have been agreed to support the appointment of doctors to Medical training programmes, which will allow August 2020 start dates to be maintained. Please click here

23rd March 2020 Update

We are keen that medical recruitment is disrupted no more than absolutely necessary and, as such, are urgently working will all Royal College recruitment teams to reschedule these recruitment events. For more information, please click here

17th March 2020 Update

All interviews (17 March onwards) postponed. For more information please click here.




The introduction of the new internal medicine curriculum means that early  stage training for medicine is changing. This change has understandably created uncertainty and anxiety for trainees who need to understand their options for applying to programmes in 2021. This applies especially to those who have undertaken core medical training (CMT) or ACCS acute medicine (ACCS-AM) and wish to return to physicianly training at internal medicine year 3 (IMY3). Guidance is available that provides an indicative position describing what trainees can expect over the next few years of physician training recruitment, including the likely provision of training posts, to help trainees plan their careers:

Within this guidance is a link for trainees who were in CMT subsequent to June 2016 and who are not currently in a training programme (other than CMT/ACCS-AM) to express interest in IMY3 training posts in 2021, and the guidance provides further details of that process:

CMT/IMT TPDs and Associate Postgraduate Deans are available to discuss individual circumstances further and to offer support at this career planning stage.



From 6 October 2019, all medical practitioners have been added to the Shortage Occupation List in the UK. This means that all medical practitioners are exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and can apply for any specialty in any recruitment round, subject to eligibility, and will be considered for posts alongside UK/EU/EEA nationals and other settled workers. 

All applicants for specialty training must hold or be eligible to hold full registration with the GMC/GDC, and Applicants to Public Health will still be subject to the RLMT.

Full details can be found in the 2020 Applicants Guide.


Scotland Deanery - further information

Visit the Scotland Deanery website for more information on training in Scotland, policies and programme management.


Improving Surgical Training

Learn more about the new Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot programme.