International Graduates

The International Medical Graduate (IMG) Training Initiative provides one possible route for overseas doctors wishing to undergo structured postgraduate medical training within the public health service in Ireland. The IMG Training Initiative enables suitably qualified overseas postgraduate medical trainees to undertake a fixed period of active training in clinical services in Ireland.

The purpose of the IMG Training Initiative is to enable overseas trainees to gain access to clinical experiences and training that they cannot get in their own country, with a view to enhancing and improving the individual’s medical training and learning and in the medium to long term, the health services in their own countries.

This initiative will facilitate participants to access a structured period of training and experience as developed by an Irish postgraduate medical training body to specifically meet the clinical needs of participants as defined by their home country’s health service. The period of clinical training that will be provided under the IMG Training Initiative is ordinarily 24 months, after which the overseas doctors will be expected to return to their country of origin. The Initiative is aimed primarily at doctors from countries with less developed health sectors and is not intended to lead to settlement in Ireland.

Training under this Initiative can be provided in clinical departments approved for postgraduate specialist training in Ireland as long as the training position is incorporated into an IMG training programme that is tailored to meet the IMG appointee’s educational and training objectives and takes into account the needs of the health service in the doctor’s home country.

The IMG Training Initiative is managed and governed at a national level by a committee comprised of agreed representatives from the HSE and the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies in Ireland. The implementation of the IMG Training Initiative requires both the HSE and the Irish postgraduate training bodies to develop robust and collaborative working relationships with overseas educational partners and sponsoring agencies and states.

For more information on the management of IMG clinical placements and the entry requirements to participate in an IMG programme please see below the attached National IMG Framework Document.

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