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Section 1: Information about the writer

Madawi Ismail

CT2- Hull

Section 2: Scope of practice in the UK:

  • Typically for the UK junior doctors CMT is the stage coms following completion of the foundation program (F1 , F2 ).
  • If you would like to do any medical specialty, you need to complete Core Medical Training and acquire the full MRCP(UK) Diploma in order to enter specialty training at ST3.
  •  (you can also acquire the CMT competencies via MTI or nay other SHO post and get them signed off and apply to ST3 if you have completed all membership exams)
  • Exposure will be given to a wide range of medical specialties, as this will involve a number of different posts – typically either four or six months in duration

Section 3: Type of Training/ Route to Training

Coupled/ uncoupled /LAT …etC

Section 4: Subspecialties

To be Continued

Section 5: Application Process

  • You need to know the dates as early as possible to plan well for your applicationinformation about the dates of recruitment rounds can be found on this link
  • Applications should be made through the Oriel SystemYou need to register before make an application.

quick-tip-e1366327676423I recommend you do so as early as possible because it may take long time to complete(  10 hours or more on registering & applying – late applications cannot be accepted) so ensure you have enough time to complete your application and aim to submit it in good time before the deadline.

For information about oriel system See link :

  • Information and documentation required for the Application form (through oriel system );

this requires you to enter a substantial amount of information about your career, experience and achievements to date.

If you need ‘Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competence’ (see details under person specification ) you will have to upload it at this stage to your application form so get it ready.

Find more detailes about application form here:

  • Information and documentation required for the interview

you will be required to prepare a large amount of to demonstrate your eligibility and evidence your achievements. I strongly recommend that you read the guide in how to prepare the document for the interview in early stage and start to prepare your folders exactly as advised in the guideline as soon as you submitted your application bearing in mind this could take very long time and need preparations as early as possible

Fined guide in document preparation for the interview here


Section 6: Requirements To Get Into Training (Person Specification):

Foundation competences

1-foundation competences

To apply for CMT you should be

  • Current F2 of a UK affiliated foundation programme or
  • Completed foundation programme, after 1 January 2013 or
  • If you have not completed, or will not complete, a UK foundation training programme You will need to obtain The ‘Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competence’

You can download from here:

This must completed by a consultant who has supervised you for a single period of three consecutive months (at least)

The ‘consultant’ could be a general practitioner, clinical director, medical superintendent, academic professor, or anyone on the specialty register (or eligible for that level if your supervisor is not based in the UK).


Advanced Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK or equivalent


Minimum Experience

Either be employed currently in foundation programme or 

have a minimum of 12 months’ experience after full GMC registration or equivalent ((by August 2016, this will change at least 24 months experience working as doctor to be eligible (12 months pre-registration and 12 months post-registration).

  • GMC registration – as part of your 24 months, you must have at least 12 months’ experience aftereligibility for full GMC registration.
  • For those who qualified outside the UK can take this to mean 12 months experience after their eligibility for full registration with their equivalent of the GMC; you do not necessarily have to have worked for 12 months after full GMC registration in the UK.
  • Any ‘specialty’ – Experience in all specialties/programmes counts (provided this is postgraduate working/training), irrespective of whether this is a training programme (eg foundation in the UK), medical specialty, general practice, psychiatry, etc.


 no more than 18 months’ experience in medical specialties (not including foundation modules) by time of intended start date. You can calculate this time by following the guide in the link below

Equivalence of overseas training

Regions will assess the medical specialty experience of candidates by reviewing the experience section of their application form.

Foundation equivalence – single-year programs

The pre-registration  year  will considered as equivalent to the UK F1 year, and then the subsequent year of training/work undertaken by a candidate as equivalent to the UK F2 year; and thus exclude both years when considering the maximum experience figure.

UK eligibility

UK eligibility

For Non-UK/EEA nationals with restrictions on working in the UK (currently) you can only apply for Round 2

As the RLMT will not have been satisfied in round 1 of the recruitment to specialty training

Find more details in link below

you can also find all information about visa in the following link

English language skills

English language skills

This can be demonstrated by one of the following;

1-    Undergraduate medical training completed in English

You will need to provide evidence so get a certificate from your university/collage

2-    Undergraduate medical training not completed in English

you will need to provide evidence of your English language skills; academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results showing a score of at least 7.0 in each domain (speaking, listening, reading, writing),with an overall score of at least 7.5, to be achieved in a single sitting and within 24 months of the time of application.

 Alternative methods: (If you have not undertaken undergraduate medical training in English, nor met the necessary requirements of the IELTS test ), The following may considered as an evidence;

  • UK NHS Experience

Over two years’ experience working in UK NHS post

(in some cases the region assessing your application may requires additional information. However, as your communications skills will be assessed as part of the CT1 interview, this does not commonly happen)

  • Supervisor’s testimony

letter from a clinician who has supervised your work/training, and can attest to your English language skills.

  • Other

In the event none of the above are applicable to your situation, you will have opportunity to state how you meet the criterion and explain your situation in the application form. After assessment you may asked to provide evidence or additional information before determining whether your application can progress.

GMC requirements

You must be registered by the General Medical Council (GMC) with up-to-date licence to practise medicine.

Other essential selection criteria

The following skills is essential and this will be evaluated from both your application and the interview.

  • Clinical skills – clinical knowledge & expertise
  • Academic skills
  • Personal skills including (Communication skills: Problem solving and decision making: Empathy and sensitivity: Managing others and team involvement; values)
  • Probity – professional integrity
  • Commitment to specialty – learning and personal development

You can read more about person specification here

Section 7: Important CV/Portfolio Perks (How To Achieve Them):

MRCP (UK) Part 1

This is a desirable criteria for CMT application. In addition it will help to have this done so you have enough time to complete part 2 (written and paces) during the CMT )  so tray to clear this exam as soon as possible

Additional related qualifications

e.g. intercalated degree, BSc, BA, BMedSci or equivalent.If you have any medical postgraduate degree, this will up your points

Research and audit skills

It’s essential to demonstrates understanding of research, basic principles of audit, clinical risk management, evidence-based practice.. atc.

Getting involved in research or audit project or having publications is desirable

Any publications including posters will get you more points in application assessment and possibly in the interview.


  • If possible, get involve in research project. this is very useful and will help to up your assessment points even when you apply for ST3 after completing CMT.
  • It’s easier to get a case report published as this usually not as complicated or time consuming as the research projects. Ask your consultant / registrar.
  • Get involved in audit or quality improvement project just ask your consultant or registrar if any project you can join or start (I think QIP is better because you can complete it in short time and they can be very easy)



An evidence of interest on teaching can get you more point  in both CMT and ST3 application


  • Try to get involved in teaching (delivering or organizing teaching scions for medical student or F1s in your hospital ) or get a teaching courses or degree if possible.
  • I think they conceder teaching experience form oversees so if you have worked as teaching assistant or involved in organise teaching home get a certificate or evidence.


Section 8: The Interview

If your application eligible, and you scored highly enough to progress through short-listing, then you will be invited to interview.

Interview preparation

Interview preparation

Before you attend interview you need to proper your documents; This includes:

  • Eligibility folder – which contains the documentation showing how you meet the essential person criteria in the person specification
  • Evidence folder – which contains the evidence of the achievements claimed on your application form
  • Other preparation – such as how to dress and travel arrangements
  • Probity – ensuring your evidence folder meets GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines

Find out more here :

Interview structure & content

Interview structure & content

You will progress through three separate stations, each of which will be staffed by two clinical interviewers

Station 1

Here  your application form will be reviewed.This will include all of the documentation you have brought along.

And here you will be asked about anything in your application or evidence you provided

The main areas for discussion here, and on which you will be assessed, will be your suitability and commitment to both CT1 and to the region at which you are being interviewed, as well as your achievements to date.

Station 2

This is a clinical scenario, which will be given to you before entering the station to read.

Usually the scenario  relatively brief (a few sentences )

you will then be asked questions relating to this scenario.

Try to do a quick mental preparation before entering the station considering the following points :

  • what next steps you would take
  • any potential treatments possible
  • any further information you would gather
  • how you would go about communicating with any people (eg patients, family members, colleagues) involved in the scenario.

You will be marked based on your handling of the clinical scenario and your communication skills; both in terms of you demonstrating how you would communicate with patients, colleagues, family, etc. in the scenario, and also your communication with interviewers at the station.

Station 3

ethical scenario, and a professionalism & governance question.

  • Ethical scenario

Prior to arrival at station 3, you will be given details of the ethical scenario to review (as with clinical scenario at station 2), and to prepare for further discussion at the station.

You will be assessed on your responses to the ethical scenario, as well as knowledge of the different considerations required.

  • Professionalism & governance

Usually by a short question by interviewers. this will not be given to you before arriving at the station

They will  assess your demonstration and understanding of professionalism and governance in a given situation.

Familiarise yourself with Good Medical Practice

You can find this in the following link;

Interview scoring

Interview scoring

During interview, you will be assessed on six independent aspects For each, you will receive two marks – one from each of the two interviewers assessing you on each aspect; thus giving 12 marks in total.

Each of these marks will be between 1 and 5; so with 12 marks awarded, the maximum score available here is 60.

This score is referred to as your ‘raw’ interview score – ie the score awarded to your interview as a whole, before any weighting is applied.

Details on scoring process can be found here

After the interview

After the interview 

If you are appointable you will be ranked in order of total score with this ranking used alongside programme preferences to determine offers.

Section 9: Competition Ratio:

To be continued

Section 10: Offers and Visa Issues and HEE

To be continued

Section 11: Speciality Exams

You will have to complete the membership exams during your core medical training (MRCP UK ) in order to be successful and able to proceed to the next step and work as a specialty registrar (ST3 )

In the current arraignment(2 years CMT) and because time is a big issue its recommended to do part 1 before starting your CMT ( this will be a favourable point in the application /interview )or at least in the very beginning of the program because you need to finch all 3 exams successfully in 2 years.

With the new arraignment you will have 3 years to get the membership (still better to start early )

I think talking about MRCP should be in separate section as it’s a big topic and difficult to cover here

Section 12: Speciality Courses

you will need valid ALS  an essential to apply for CMT.

Other courses like IMPACT, RAMSI, all medical procedure courses, teaching courses , and any other courses in any medical specialty you wish to apply for

Find more about IMPACT hear ;

Section 13: Rotations

Types; can be 4 or 6 months placement

Number of hospitals; is very much depend on denary it can be in one or more hospitals

Working pattern/ hours

In addition to normal working hours you will cover out of hours including weekends / nights and evening on call shifts

Section 14: Ranking of Deaneries

I cant advice in this matter I don’t know  (Official and Sudanese specific if known)

Section 15: Wages / Take Home Cash

To be continued

Section 16: MTI

Most of the MTI starts as CMT (CT1) unless they had their membership already and enough experience to work as specially registrar. If you come as MTI and had your CMT competencies signed off before your contract over you can apply for ST3

Section 17: Experience of Sudanese Doctors (Personal Experience)

 I think the most important thing in my experience is the fact that working more than 18 months in medicine outside UK  is not an issue I had longer experience in medicine both in Sudan and in the UK.  I think they didn’t count my experience in Sudan.

I had my MRCP part 1 and the written part 2 before applying to CMT and I think that was a big helped in getting me through the application and having enough time for paces and other things during my CMT.

I didn’t, still don’t know which deanery is the best to get trained in I think its very dependable in personal circumstances. For me I was very flexible about the places but still couldn’t get any non-biased advice in this regard.

Try to be up-to-date with your e portfolio and CMT requirement and avoid leaving this to the last minutes before ARCP ( progression assessment by the deanery) once you started your CMT tray to get an access to the e portfolio and familiarise yourself  with the way it works specially if you never had one before (it will take some time to get use to it ).

Also familiarise yourself with the Core Medical Training (CMT) ARCP Decision Aid

This will guide you through the curriculum and CMT requirement

Find 2015 decision aid here:

Section 18: Important Links and Websites

more information about MRCP exams

more information about IMPACT course

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