International opportunities

We can only achieve our goals with the support of our members.

We want UK and International members that are passionate about improving primary care and family medicine globally.

Now Open: RCGP CONFERENCE EXCHANGE (Vasco da Gama Movement)

We are looking for 10 GP trainees or GPs who have finished their training within the last five years to take part in this year’s RCGP Conference Exchange. Successful applicants will live and work in countries that participate in the Vasco da Gama Movement. The Conference Exchange will run from 30 September to 7 October 2018. The successful applicants will experience UK general practice in Scottish host practices before attending the RCGP Annual Conference in Glasgow. You will have to pay for your own flights, accommodation and meals/entertainment. The organising team is currently fundraising to support the conference registration fees for the selected participants of this exchange. Please note that we will not be able to confirm this until mid-summer 2018.

Planned Schedule: 

Arrival on Sunday 30 September and departure on Sunday 7 October 2018.
Sunday: Arrival & welcome meeting in the evening
Monday, Tuesday:  Time at host GP practice 
Wednesday: Sightseeing – details to be confirmed 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: RCGP Annual Conference (poster presentation)
Sunday (or Saturday night): Departure

To Apply:

Please complete an online application form, which includes an abstract (250 word max.) for a poster you will present at the conference. Poster title: “What recent innovation in general practice/family medicine from your home country could be applied in the UK?”
Please note that the 2018 conference exchange is only open to doctors from countries participating in the Vasco da Gama Movement.

Deadline for Application: 15 June 2018

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than Monday 16 July 2018.

For any further questions please contact Dr Stuart Holmes 

Now Open: International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill Memorial Awards

GP with patientsThese awards offer GPs and family doctors the opportunity to undertake projects or study outside of their home country. Successful participants experience family medicine overseas in order to enhance their effectiveness, develop knowledge of best practice and make a difference at home and abroad.

Any General Practitioner can apply for the awards (including RCGP members or non members and, UK residents and international GPs at any career stage.)

Awards range from £200-£2000.

These awards can be used for:

  • International exchange or study to increase the quality of education and delivery of general practice or family medicine. 
  • Overseas travel from the UK to study aspects of health care relevant to general practice in the UK.
  • Overseas doctors to visit the UK to study an aspect of primary care relevant to their own country's family medicine needs.
  • General practitioners from the UK to travel overseas and help other countries develop their primary health care systems.

Please review the guidelines [PDF] before applying.

Apply

Please be aware that the spring round has been completed. Autumn round will open end of August. Please submit completed application form [Word] as one document.

Deadline for ApplicationTo be announced 

Please email all applications to international@rcgp.org.uk marked "International Travel Scholarship Application" in the subject line.

Erasmus+

Discover European general practice through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

The RCGP is offering 38 funded places for UK AiTs (all years) and FIRST5s within 1 year CCT through the European Commission's Erasmus+ grant to undertake a two-week long placement observing general practice in one of 10 European countries. Exchanges can take place between 1 September 2016 and 31 March 2018. Countries offered include Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

Please see links for further guidance on Erasmus+ and information on Hippokrates exchanges.

To apply please complete the application form [Word]  including an application statement (500 words maximum) outlining the reasons for applying, including your learning objectives and outcomes and your CV. Applications should be sent by email to erasmusplus@rcgp.org.uk

You can read some of the exchange reports below:

Out of Programme Experience (OOPE)

GP Trainees can gain a great deal from the opportunities provided by working/training in a developing country. The Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) gives GP trainees a unique opportunity to take a year out of training to work in a different setting which will enhance competencies, improve confidence and equip GP trainees to become future leaders with the profession.

Many deaneries are actively encouraging these either through Global Health Fellowships or through a range of one year quality assured posts in countries ranging from South Africa to Zambia and India (London Deanery).

Further information

See past reports to get a first person perspective of OOPE participants:

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