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International Surgeons

Our College supports more than fourteen thousand members dedicated to achieving excellence in patient care by helping to reduce the cost of education and training.

Members from outside the UK are welcome to join our College. International Members benefit from a discounted annual subscription fee, use of the internationally recognised post-nominal, eLearning and personal funding opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

Member

This is a table outlining the eligibility for Membership of the Faculty of Surgeons.

Examination Pass Postnominal Sponsor requirement
Intercollegiate MRCS exam MRCS(Glasg) 0
I have not passed the MRCS intercollegiate exam and practice out with the UK MRCPS(Glasg) 2 sponsors (1 must be Glasgow Fellow)
I have not passed the MRCS intercollegiate exam and I practice in the UK N/A Please arrange to sit the relevant Membership exam as listed above.

Current Member of College – MRCPS(Glasg) upgrading to Fellow

Eligibility:

  • On GMC specialist register (if in UK)
  • Min 10 years’ post award of MRCPS(Glasg)
  • Evidence of 5 years in a substantive consultant post or equivalent
  • Evidence of Fellowship by examination of an approved local/national professional body or equivalent certification
  • Contribution to College: Evidence of existing contribution to College life or willingness to undertake activities in pursuit of the College’s objectives and values
  • 1 sponsor (Glasgow Fellows)

Internationally recognised postnominals

MRCS(Glasg) is a GMC acceptable post graduate qualification.

MRCPS(Glasg) is not a GMC acceptable postgraduate qualification.

For full advice on any matters pertaining to GMC registration – please contact them directly.

To be eligible to use a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow postnominal, you must retain your membership.

Sponsors

Sponsors must be Fellows in good standing of the Glasgow College or another UK/Irish Medical or Surgical Royal College (where applicable). If you are unable to provide sponsor(s) who are current Fellows of this College, please refer to our regional and international advisors who may be able to assist.

To help ensure your application process goes as smoothly as possible, please ensure you review the application checklist. Don't hesitate to contact the Membership Team with any enquiries.

Fellow

Status Key eligibility for application review Sponsor(s)
Passed the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination (JCIE or JCSFE)
  • Pass of Intercollegiate Specialty Examination (JCIE or JCSFE)
0
Passed FRCS (Ophthalmology) examination offered by this College
  • Pass of FRCS (Ophthalmology) examination offered by this College
0
International medical graduate with MRCS
  • Evidence of 5 years in substantive consultant post or equivalent
  • Evidence of 10 years post completion of recognised local/national postgrad qualification
  • Evidence of Fellowship by examination of an approved local/national body (see list below)
  • Evidence of existing contribution to College life or willingness to undertake activities in pursuit of College objectives/values
1 Glasgow Fellow
International medical graduate without MRCS
  • Evidence of 5 years in substantive consultant post or equivalent
  • Evidence of 10 years post completion of recognised local/national postgrad qualification
  • Evidence of Fellowship by examination of an approved local/national body (see list below)
  • Evidence of existing contribution to College life or willingness to undertake activities in pursuit of College objectives/values
2 Glasgow Fellows, of which one must have gained fellowship via the Exam route (i.e. JCIE/JSCFE/FRCS(Ophth) exam)
Current Member of College – MRCPS(Glasg) upgrading to Fellow
  • On GMC specialist register (if in UK)
  • Evidence of 5 years in substantive consultant post or equivalent
  • Evidence of 10 years post award of MRCPS(Glasg)
  • Evidence of Fellowship by examination of an approved local/national body (see list below)
1 Glasgow Fellow

Approved Professional Bodies

  • Academy of Medicine of Singapore (Surgery)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Bangladesh (Surgery)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (Surgery)
  • College of Surgeons of Hong Kong
  • College of Surgeons of South Africa
  • College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (Surgery)

Approved Certification Bodies

  • American Boards of Surgery (all specialties)
  • Equivalent European qualification as determined by the College
  • MS or DNB qualification in Surgery from an Indian Medical Institution considered appropriate for such an award by the College

Application checklist

To complete your application, please ensure you have the following details:

  • Name (Including Title)
  • Date Of Birth
  • Email Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Place of Work
  • Job Title
  • Specialty
  • Primary qualification; date awarded and name of awarding institution
  • Professional qualification – this is any other memberships held with other Royal Colleges, or equivalent.
  • Academic qualification – this is any further post graduate qualifications you hold. For example the MRCS diploma.
  • Sponsor(s) as required

In addition to the above fields within the application form, we must receive the following documents along with your application:

  • Evidence of any of your qualifications
  • An up-to-date CV
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