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Out of Training

Welcome to the Out of Training section. This part of the website is still under construction and we will be adding articles shortly. Please make use of the information and links below.

Visit the Resource Section or Recommended Books below.


You may find the following websites useful in your out-of-training journey. While we have provided a comprehensive list, we recognise it is not always complete. If you have any recommendations please let us know by getting in touch.

Adventure Medic is an award-winning, free, online magazine for students and healthcare professionals interested in wilderness, expedition and humanitarian medicine.

DisasterReady aims to better prepare humanitarian and development professionals for the critical work they do by providing high-quality online learning resources at no cost.

Plan My FY3 believe that junior doctors planning their time out of training should be able to access the right information, and the right opportunities, at the right time. View their guides.

The Sebbatical Guide will help you to realise your sebbatical dreams by giving practical and pragmatic information, and helping you put the foundations in place.

The Mezzofanti Guild is an online blog which provides advice for language learning. Visit this site to find out strategies for simpler language learning and recommended resources.

Fluent in 3 Months is about finding the quickest route to speaking a new language. This blog shows how to become fluent in a new language in just a few months before you travel.

Visit italki for a language learning marketplace that connects students with the most dedicated teachers around the world for 1-on-1 online language lessons.

Medic Footprints is a UK based organisation that seeks to support the career and lifestyle needs of medics by connecting them with career new and interesting career opportunities.

This webpage outlines the different types of out of programme opportunities (OOPs) as well as important points to consider before deciding to take time out.

This webpage explore the initiatives undertaken by HEE to improve the experience of doctors in training, including information on improving flexibility in training.

This webpage explains the new initiative by HEE for 'Out of Programme Pause' and lists the local deanary programmes.

This article explains the GMC definition of out of programme opportunities. They explain the various types available and offer guidance to deaneries and trainees.

A statement that gives guidance to deaneries, medical royal colleges and trainees on the management of absences from training and their effect on a trainee's certificate CCT date.

This certificate confirms to regulators in other countries that a doctor is in good standing with the GMC. It shows whether they are registered with the GMC and if they have any restrictions.

This article by the British Medical Association covers a list of things you should consider before working abroad as a doctor.

Recommended Books

You may find the following books useful in your out-of-training journey. We recommend using as it supports independent bookshops and increases author royalties.

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