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I called the British Dental Association to ask what the chances of me being able to get a job were if I were to come back home to practise as dentist (obtaining a Pakistani degree). Apparently if you are already a British national going abroad to obtain a degree (outside the European Union) there may be a possibilty you may not have to do all the conversion exams.
Rules have recently changed.

This means on your return after you have a pllied for a VT licence (Vocational Training Lisence) you are called up for an interview with the BDA (London). This interview is almost like a viver examination in which they can ask you about literally anything to do with what you have covered at your dental school (so they expect you to know your stuff properly) not exactly a walk in the park!

If you clear the interview above a certain boundary you dont have to do any of your IQE's (International Qualifying Exams). You will however have to pass your licence examination after you Vocational Training year and your obviouslty exempt from your ILETS if your a Brit National (as long as you can speak with eligibility). Hope you find this useful.
 

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Great work there for finding out.

For British Med students who go abroad, and want to come back, they still have to take the Plab examinations.
 

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Do keep in mind only very few candidates clear the interview, the rest have to clear all the exams so dont breathe easy too soon!
 

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Do keep in mind only very few candidates clear the interview, the rest have to clear all the exams so dont breathe easy too soon!
i heard the actual "plab" gots scrapped reacently. its been replaced by another exam of some sort. is this true?

i heard about this "interview " from some friends also. what im hearing is that its nearly impossible to pass. the pass rates are horrendously low.

what the general concensus among the british high ranking doctors/politicians is that the majority of overseas doctors/dentists are to be recruited from the ever expanding eu. the subcontinent is being brushed aside and is not the force in exporting medical practitioners as it once was. my next door neighbours are all mbbs graduates from india. i aint takin the ****, but they work as "illegal" workers for 10 pounds a say doing a lot of odd jobs and they revise the rest of the time that god sends. they are in an atrocious condition.

but i gather u r a uk citizen, so the whole work permit scenario doesnt apply to u. so u r in a better situation than the subcontinental nationals, and things will be easier for u.
 

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i heard the actual "plab" gots scrapped reacently. its been replaced by another exam of some sort. is this true?

i heard about this "interview " from some friends also. what im hearing is that its nearly impossible to pass. the pass rates are horrendously low.

what the general concensus among the british high ranking doctors/politicians is that the majority of overseas doctors/dentists are to be recruited from the ever expanding eu. the subcontinent is being brushed aside and is not the force in exporting medical practitioners as it once was. my next door neighbours are all mbbs graduates from india. i aint takin the ****, but they work as "illegal" workers for 10 pounds a say doing a lot of odd jobs and they revise the rest of the time that god sends. they are in an atrocious condition.

but i gather u r a uk citizen, so the whole work permit scenario doesnt apply to u. so u r in a better situation than the subcontinental nationals, and things will be easier for u.
The Plab test is still going on, and hasn't been scrapped!

Concerning the pass rates, basically from what I know there is English exam and Clinical exam, if you prepare for the Plab, then there should be no problem, since alot of people pass it. You just need to prepare specifically for it, buy a lot of Plab books, and practice.

Things change in the medical world, sometimes there is a need for doctors, sometimes there is more competition (like now for Junior doctors posts)
 

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The Plab test is still going on, and hasn't been scrapped!

Concerning the pass rates, basically from what I know there is English exam and Clinical exam, if you prepare for the Plab, then there should be no problem, since alot of people pass it. You just need to prepare specifically for it, buy a lot of Plab books, and practice.

Things change in the medical world, sometimes there is a need for doctors, sometimes there is more competition (like now for Junior doctors posts)
yeah ur right. i guess if u open the plab book u will have no problems whatsoeverer in passing with the upper percentiles. how silly of me! DOH!:happy:
 

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Basically if you come back with a degree from Pak and you're a British National you're exempt from doing the ISLETS (English exams)... well obviously only if you can speak english well (which due to assumption you kinda picked up over the last 20years or so).
The conversion exams happen on average over a period of 1 year, sitting an exam every 3 months (or so). Due to high influx of medics over the past year (from eastern europe mostly) these exams have been crammed so if you think you're brains enough to crush them in 6 months you'll soon have the option to do so.
There is a hierachy type system, british qualified dentists are given priority, then the europeans and then finally the docs that qualify from other countries. However if you do find a good VT post, pass all your exams and subsequently enough experience where you qualified from because less important.
 
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