Competent Authority Pathway FAQs

I have passed the PLAB test, but I have not had any GMC-approved supervised training. Am I eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment?

No. You must meet all requirements, including the requirement for successful completion of Foundation Year 1 or 12 months supervised training (internship equivalent) approved by the GMC in the UK or another AMC-designated competent authority country.

I have passed the USMLE, but I have not completed graduate medical education within a residency program. Am I eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment?

No. You must meet all requirements, including two years of graduate medical education within a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

I have passed the New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX), but have not done a rotating internship. Am I eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment?

No. You must meet all requirements, including successful completion of the required rotating internship (four runs accredited by the Medical Council of New Zealand).

I am registered in the UK, but have no PLAB test result and no supervised training. Am I eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment?

No. You must have passed the PLAB test and undertaken the 12  months required supervised training in the UK or in another AMC-designated competent authority country. Alternatively, you can have a degree from a GMC-accredited university in the UK plus supervised training approved by the GMC.

I am a UK graduate, but have no GMC-approved supervised training. Am I eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment?

No. You must meet all the requirements for general registration in the UK; that is, you must have an accredited degree plus GMC-approved supervised training.

I am a UK graduate who has completed supervised training in Australia. Am I eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment?

If your supervised training in Australia has been approved by the GMC, you are eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment.

When I completed my internship rotations, the MCNZ did not require four rotations. I met the internship rotation requirements by completing six months in surgery and six months in psychiatry. Am I eligible for Competent Authority Pathway assessment?

You will need to provide evidence from MCNZ that the internship rotations of six months surgery and six months psychiatry was acceptable for registration at that time before you will be considered eligible for assessment under this pathway.

How do I know whether the training I have done is approved by the GMC?

You will need to provide evidence from the GMC that you have completed the required 12 months training.

If I fail the Competent Authority supervised assessment, can I take the AMC examinations?

Yes. The Competent Authority Pathway assessment does not preclude you from taking the AMC examinations.

 
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