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Medical Degrees Recognition
UK Recognition of medical degrees in the UK
The General Medical Council (GMC) is responsible for determining who may practice medicine in the UK and which medical schools are accepted. All doctors who want to practice in the UK must obtain GMC registration.
Graduates from M&D-partnered medical schools based in Europe usually experience very few or no academic restrictions registering as a doctor within Europe, including the UK.
Graduates of medical schools based outside of Europe, including the Caribbean, are usually required to pass the PLAB examination administered by the GMC. Only students graduating from GMC recognised courses may take the PLAB. Passing this exam allows students to move on to Foundation year 1 or year 2 training at NHS hospitals in the UK.
However please note that recognition policies may change. We therefore advise that recognition of medical qualifications be confirmed by contacting the GMC directly via their webpage: Click here
Information regarding registration for doctors is also available on the following page: Click here
US Recognition of medical degrees in the US
Graduates are usually required to pass all steps of the USMLE examination before they may obtain a licence to practise medicine in the US. Graduates from Caribbean medical schools are taught under USMLE guidelines, with the intention to have a high USMLE pass rate. Therefore, students interested in practising medicine in the USA are strongly advised to consider studying medicine at a Caribbean medical school.
For information on the recognition of medical or dental degrees in countries outside the UK, please contact the medical council or equivalent in the relevant country in which you intend to gain recognition.