Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children's International Fellowship Programme was launched in Autumn 2017 and offers a bespoke training programme to candidates from across the world in an unparalleled range of paediatric specialities.
Our Fellowships are aimed at international postgraduate medical trainees who are already well advanced in their specialty training and are looking to gain sub-specialist expertise at a world-renowned centre of excellence.
Interested applicants will need to be financially supported by their home country organisation and will have to meet our entry requirements before being accepted on to the programme. Please note that GOSH does not provide scholarships or funding for this scheme, and you must meet our entry requirements for consideration.
During my fellowship time at GOSH I have had the privilege to be surrounded by a brilliant team of doctors, nurses and workers. Working directly with patients at the ward as well as following up with patients in the outpatient department familiarized me to different types of patients, all in which added to my professional experience as well as excellent preparation for understanding and effectively engaging with people. Also, GOSH provided me with the experience to perform medical procedures such as bronchoscopy, total lung lavage, etc. Furthermore, attending multidisciplinary meetings had added value to my knowledge development as well as medical practices in the UK and how they can later pertain to Kuwait and the surrounding region. In short, I would recommend GOSH to any future candidate.
What are the entry requirements?
Entry requirements for the International Fellowship Programme:
- Have funding agreed with your home organisation to commit to a full time UK salary (equivalent of £50,000) AND a placement fee (GOSH does not provide scholarships or funding for this scheme).
- A medical degree that is acceptable to the UK General Medical Council (GMC).
- Have four years or more of specialty training at the time of entry.
- Have a postgraduate qualification in their chosen specialty (such as Membership or Fellowship of a United Kingdom Royal College, or an equivalent relevant postgraduate qualification from their home country).
- Be in full time clinical work for the year directly prior to their Fellowship start date and to have been in clinical work for a minimum of three out of the five years prior to commencing the fellowship.
- Have already obtained the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) from a British Council SELT (Secure English Language Testing) centre with an overall score of 7.5 or more and with a minimum score of 7.0 in each domain in one sitting* or The OET (Occupational English Test) Medicine version with a score of B in each domain, undertaken at a SELT British Council Testing centre. Please note that required certificates are valid for two years from the date obtained.
- Alternatively, candidates may apply if they are already registered with the GMC and have, or will have, completed at least four years of speciality training.
Interested applicants will need to be financially supported by their home country organisation and will have to meet our entry requirements before being accepted on to the program.
For more information about the IELTS, and IELTS providers in your country, please look on the British Council website.
Why do a fellowship?
The International Fellowship Programme welcomes doctors who wish to further train in preparation for obtaining a consultant staff position in their home country.
The Fellowship Programme will provide a unique experience for the individual doctor and can be partly tailored to their needs. The programme offers hands on experience of patient cases with world leading paediatric experts. With unrivalled access to medical education alongside opportunities within research and academia through GOSH's partners, the program offers doctors a rare chance to gain career defining skills in their chosen area of paediatric medicine.
A Fellowship will be for a minimum of one year, and a maximum of two years. The Fellow will be embedded in their chosen department and will be assigned a dedicated consultant mentor who will monitor and review their progress and guide them.
The Fellow will be a fully involved and active member of the clinical team and will see and manage patients under the guidance of the senior staff, attending multidisciplinary meetings, ward rounds, clinics, operating theatres etc. They will have every opportunity to take advantage of our range of formal teaching, lectures, Grand Rounds, and online training modules.
Fellows will be welcome to become involved in research projects if they so wish (in line with senior UK trainees) and will broadly follow the UK higher curriculum of training for their chosen specialty.
Why choose Great Ormond Street Hospital?
GOSH is an international centre of excellence in paediatric care. It is dedicated to helping children from around the world to fulfil their potential and is globally recognised as one of the few world-class hospitals for children with multiple, rare or complex conditions.
With over 60 different clinical specialties and sub-specialties, GOSH has the UK’s widest range of specialist health services for children, on one site. The hospital has over 300 world-class consultants who form experienced multidisciplinary teams that work together to provide the best care possible for children experiencing a complex range of conditions.
GOSH has 19 specialised national services, and is the largest paediatric centre in the UK for children's heart problems, brain surgery, renal transplantation, intensive care, craniofacial reconstruction and gene therapy. In partnership with the University College Hospital we form the largest centre in Europe for children with cancer.
Together with the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, we form Europe's largest academic centre for research and education in children's health and disease. We train more paediatric specialist doctors than any other centre in Europe and have Europe’s largest nurse education programme.
GOSH’s location at the heart of London means that the hospital is uniquely placed to unite world-leading experts under one roof, facilitating unparalleled collaborations that will help to change the lives of seriously ill children not just at GOSH but across the world.
GOSH is uniquely placed in the UK as we are both an official General Medical Council (GMC) Sponsor allowing us to support entry on to the UK Medical Register, and also an official UK government Visa Sponsor (for the necessary Tier 2 visa).
This dual Sponsorship status allows us to streamline the process for International Fellows to enter and work in the UK.
What can we offer you?
The Fellowship Programme will provide a unique experience for the individual doctor and can be partly tailored to their needs. The programme offers hands on experience of patient cases with world leading paediatric experts. With unrivalled access to medical education alongside opportunities within research and academia through GOSH's partners, the programme offers doctors a rare chance to gain career defining skills in their chosen area of paediatric medicine.
The programme is managed by the International Education Team which sits within the GOSH Learning Academy and has strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital’s established Post Graduate Medical Education (PGME) department.
The team is in place to help you transition into your new role and support you throughout your fellowship. You will be joining a community of international medical graduates and can find out more about the move to the UK and the hospital on the PGME webpage. The team are on hand during your time at GOSH to help you and answer any of your questions.
What specialty can I do a fellowship in?
GOSH is able to offer a limited number of fellowships across a broad range of prestigious paediatric medical, surgical and diagnostic specialties and sub-specialties.
A list of the specialities at GOSH include:
- Audiological medicine
- Cardiac Imaging
- Cardiac Intensive Care
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service
- Cleft lip and palate
- Clinical Genetics
- Cochlear Implant
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Dental and Maxillofacial
- Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre
- Haematology and Oncology
- Infectious diseases
- Interventional radiology
- Metabolic medicine
- Orthopaedic and spinal surgery
- Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Palliative care
- Paediatric Pathology and Paediatric Neuropathology
- Plastic surgery
- Specialist neonatal and paediatric surgery
Three things make GOSH a unique place for training: variety and amount of cases, the support from expert supervisors, and the multicultural staff. During my two years of training in metabolic and clinical genetic department, I have been under the supervision of two amazing supervisors who supported me and met me regularly to make sure that I have achieved my goals. Moreover, I have been exposed to a lot of rare metabolic and dysmorphology cases who I have not seen before, learnt from the way of approaching and managing those children. In addition, the multicultural environment enabled me to freely practice my beliefs and engage into the work quickly. Overall, the fellowship at GOSH is a good opportunity for anyone seeking to be trained in an advance centre and with leading experts in the field, definitely I will recommend it to the future candidates.
Living in London and working at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been exceptional, the rheumatology team were brilliant and a joy to work with and I have learned a lot from everyone. During my time I attended specialised multidisciplinary clinics, participated in various research projects and have been involved with patients with rare and very complex conditions. I will be taking best practices and fond memories home with me.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, please fill in our online form.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information