International Trainee Support Scheme

The International Trainee Support Scheme is an online based scheme that is aimed at supporting overseas doctors and scientists (also known as ‘International Medical and Science Graduates’) who are planning to sit the College’s fellowship examinations.

The International Trainee Support Scheme (ITSS) will provide structured support, advice, training and guidance to overseas doctors and scientists who are planning to sit the College’s FRCPath Part 1 and Part 2 examinations. Following the pilot in 2017, the scheme has been now opened to all overseas doctors and scientists.

The Scheme is currently available in the following specialities:

  • Histopathology
  • Medical Microbiology (Recruitment is now open for the April 2019 intake)

Under the scheme, doctors are encouraged to register with the College at least twelve months before they intend to take the exam. Those registering with the scheme will benefit from the following:

  •  International Trainee membership of The Royal College of Pathologists;
  • Access to a web-based system which will support workplace-based assessment and trainee e-portfolio (also known as the ‘Learning Environment for Pathology Trainees’ (LEPT) System). This is speciality dependant and different Scheme fee applies. 
  • Access to e-learning materials and courses covering the curriculum, training and examination preparation;
  • An assigned College Mentor/ Educational Supervisor;
  •  A self-assessment tool and Personal Development Action Plan (PDAP);
  • Directed learning and assignments designed to address any gaps or weaknesses in knowledge, skills, understanding and behaviours;
  •  Detailed examination feedback (through the assigned College Mentor/ Educational Supervisor);
  •  A free copy of the College’s quarterly Bulletin and all College mailings (including the monthly e-newsletter) for the duration of training;
  • Priority access to the College’s Medical Training Initiative (MTI) and Clinical Attachments & Observership Schemes, which will enable Scheme Trainees to come to the UK for up to 24 months to undertake a period of higher speciality training and/or research; and
  •  Membership of the College’s International Trainee Forum (currently in development).

 

Application Process and Timetable

1. Deadline for 2018 Applications

Medical Microbiology

Recruitment is now CLOSED for the April 2019 intake. The applications from overseas doctors who are planning to sit the FRCPath Part 1 or Part 2 in Medical Microbiology and who wish to benefit from the additional support provided by the International Trainee Support Scheme will open again next autumn. 

The applications for this year are now CLOSED. 

Please be aware, that the places on the Scheme are limited. Applicants who will be successful in securing place on the Scheme will commence the programme in April 2019. 

Application process & Timetable 2018 (Med Micro)

 

Histopathology

The applications from overseas doctors who are planning to sit the FRCPath Part 1 or Part 2 in Histopathology and who wish to benefit from the additional support provided by the International Trainee Support Scheme will open again next autumn. 

The applications for this year are now CLOSED. 

Please be aware, that the places on the Scheme are limited.

Application Process & Timetable 2018

 

2. Eligibility

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, applicants must:
a)  Intend (or be prepared) to sit the relevant fellowship examination no earlier than autumn 2019 for Histopathology and spring 2020 for Medical Microbiology
b)  Submit the application IN FULL by the application deadline

Please be aware, that applications that are INCOMPLETE will be automatically rejected.

3. How to apply

Doctors wishing to apply should complete the online application form here for Histopathology and Medical Microbiology. 

4. Successful applicants

The applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application once the deadline has passed.
Successful applicants for Medical Microbiology will be notified during the week beginning on Monday, 19 November 2018.

5. The Scheme cost

The Scheme Admission Fee to join the Scheme in Histopathology is £495 (inclusive of access to the relevant e-portfolio) and £455 to join the Scheme in Medical Microbiology (not including access to the relevant e-portfolio).

 The payment is only required once the successful applicant has been offered a place on the Scheme. 

Please contact us via international@rcpath.org should you have any further queries.