The International Medical Graduate (IMG) Training Initiative provides one possible route for overseas doctors wishing to undergo structured postgraduate medical training within the public health service in Ireland. The IMG Training Initiative enables suitably qualified overseas postgraduate medical trainees to undertake a fixed period of active training in clinical services in Ireland.

The purpose of the IMG Training Initiative is to enable overseas trainees to gain access to clinical experiences and training that they cannot get in their own country, with a view to enhancing and improving the individual’s medical training and learning and in the medium to long term, the health services in their own countries.

This initiative will facilitate participants to access a structured period of training and experience as developed by an Irish postgraduate medical training body to specifically meet the clinical needs of participants as defined by their home country’s health service. The period of clinical training that will be provided under the IMG Training Initiative is ordinarily 12 months for Radiology, after which the overseas doctors will be expected to return to their country of origin. The Initiative is aimed primarily at doctors from countries with less developed health sectors and is not intended to lead to settlement in Ireland.

Training under this Initiative can be provided in clinical departments approved for postgraduate specialist training in Ireland as long as the training position is incorporated into an IMG training programme that is tailored to meet the IMG appointee’s educational and training objectives and takes into account the needs of the health service in the doctor’s home country.

The purpose of the IMG Training Initiative is to provide a defined medical education and training package which has been developed by an Irish postgraduate medical training body to meet the clinical needs of participants as defined by their home country’s health service.  

Governance of IMG Initiative:

The IMG Training Initiative was launched in June 2013 and is overseen and governed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the postgraduate medical training bodies in Ireland on a collaborative basis through the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies. The IMG Training Initiative is managed and governed at a national level by a committee comprised of agreed representatives from the HSE and the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies in Ireland. The implementation of the IMG Training Initiative requires both the HSE and the Irish postgraduate training bodies to develop robust and collaborative working relationships with overseas educational partners and sponsoring agencies and states.  

Application Procedure:

Complete application form with all relevant documentation uploaded, then submit same in one single pdf document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please ensure you submit your application payment form separtely. 

Closing date for applications:  2nd June 2023 @ 12 noon.

Entry Requirements: 

  • Possession of a Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists or an equivalent qualification (Saudi Boards)
  • All candidates must have completed four years of accredited training prior to commencement of International Medical Graduate Higher Training Initiative
  • All candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council on the Supervised Division of the Register. (
  • All candidates must have passed the IELTS/OET Exam with an overall score of IELTS 7.0 (6.5 in all four categories) / OET Grade B in all categories prior to making an application.  IELTS/OET test results for those applying for National Training Programmes must be current and dated within two years of the date of application for the particular Training Programme.

Supporting Forms for Completion of Application:

IMGTI Application Form 2023

IMGTI Applicant-Declaration-Form

IMGTI Application Payment Form 2023

IMGTI Job Descriptions 2023

IMGTI Post Ranking Form 2023

Guidance on English Language Requirements


Successful Applications

Following completion of the interview process, candidates will be informed of their acceptance or non-acceptance on the internal medical graduate training initiative.  The successful candidate must, prior to taking up appointment, obtain: 

  • Supervised Registration – Irish Medical Council, Lynn House, Portobello Court, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Ireland. Tel: (00 353 1) 496 5588, Fax: (00 353 1) 496 5972. 
  • A certificate of Medical Insurance from one of the recognised medical insurance Companies i.e. Medical protection Society or the Medical Defence Union. 
  • Atypical Visa – The first step is the completion of an online application form, which can be accessed via the following link: Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Section, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
  • Work Permit – Department of Enterprise and Employment, 65a Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. 
  • Provide a Police Clearance Certificate from countries where you have resided for 6 months or more. This must be an original document. 
  • Register with the Faculty of Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists Professional Competence Scheme.

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