International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
Here at PGMC Plymouth, we recognise that International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are an invaluable part of our Trusts workforce and greatly contribute to the diverse teams we have within the hospital. However, transitioning into a different healthcare system presents unique needs and challenges. With this in mind, we are here to help support IMGs throughout their time at the Trust.
Being a junior Dr is a challenging career and everyone needs to access support at some point along their journey. IMGs are no exception to this and as such are encouraged to access all the support mechanisms available within the Trust. Please take a look at our Wellbeing page which details the support options available.
IMGs may also benefit from tailored support that recognises their unique challenges. As such, this page details some key information that we hope will be useful for IMGs and you can contact PGME Coordinator, Caitlin Taylor, at any time should you need help, support, guidance or a cup of tea! Caitlin supports all IMGs at the Trust - including those on a Health Education England (HEE) training programme, known as trainees, and Trust Grade Drs, who are not on a formal training programme.
In June 2021 we hosted our very first World Café Event for IMGs with great success. These events are designed to allow IMGs, many of whom have experienced significant isolation as a result of the COVID pandemic, to form social connections with other IMGs. We select a different cuisine to enjoy at each event and this is provide by the fabulous team at Nellies, the café situated within our Centre. Please keep an eye on out for upcoming World Café events and to register for our next evening.
There are a number of external resources designed to support IMGs - below are some of our favourites!
Road to UK - Two of our amazing IMGs at the Trust, Dr Ibreez Ajaz and Dr Mohammed Ivan, have created the Road to UK website and YouTube channel. This platform contains a wealth of information and videos about being an IMG in the UK, training pathways, career planning, exams and much more. We highly recommend this resource to any IMG working in the Trust.
IMG Network South West - This HEE supported network is designed 'to bring IMGs together to share experiences and ideas of working and training in the UK' by providing a safe space to share ideas and raise concerns.