Career pathways in medicine and surgery

You have sat your medical finals and the powers that be (the General Medical Council) have decided that you are fit to practise as a doctor and have awarded you provisional registration. So what comes next? This chapter explores the options available to medical graduates upon starting work within the NHS and the current government plans for career progression in the medical profession. As medical career pathways are currently undergoing constant evolution, readers are requested to stay abreast of the latest changes in the system through visiting the MMC website.

Postgraduate training in the UK is currently undergoing substantial change. The NHS, under the MMC (Modernising Medical Careers) flagship, aims to improve patient care by delivering a modernized and focused career structure for doctors. Thus, from August 2005, all newly qualified doctors embarked on a two-year foundation programme.

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