Evidence of your internship or foundation for future practice

An internship is formal practical clinical training completed after your undergraduate primary medical qualification training. In the UK, this is called Foundation Year 1.

If you have completed an internship

To recognise that you have completed an acceptable internship, you must have done at least 12 months' continuous medical practice in an approved training post in a public hospital. You must have done this either immediately before or after you graduated.

Your internship must have included:

  • at least three months in medicine and three months in surgery in a training programme which lasted between 12 and 18 months,
    or
  • at least six months in medicine and six months in surgery in a training programme which lasted for 18 months or longer.

Posts that involved observation (such as clinical attachments, shadowing, observerships and clerkships), rather than active medical practice with direct patient contact, are not acceptable.

What do I need to provide? 

You'll need to send us a certificate or letter of completion from your institution, which gives details of the dates and specialties of your rotations.

If you completed an internship in the UK, you’ll need to read our guidance for moving from provisional registration to full registration. 

If you haven’t completed an internship

If you didn't complete an internship, or if your internship doesn’t meet the criteria detailed above, we may accept evidence that you practised for two years continuously after you graduated.

We will check that your practice:

  • was undertaken in a public hospital that meets the standards for regulation within its jurisdiction and has established supervision, safety and governance systems in place
  • includes at least three months practising medicine, continuously and without interruption
  • includes at least three months practising surgery, continuously and without interruption
  • was completed under supervision.

What do I need to provide?

You'll need to give us a letter from the hospital on letter headed paper, which gives details of the dates and specialties of your practice.