Recruitment to IMT in 2020 has been completed. This website will be updated for 2021 recruitment during the summer and autumn of 2020 with a full update expected in October. In the interim, the information for 2020 can be used as a guide as to what expect for 2021.

If you are looking to apply to CT1-level programmes in internal medicine training (IMT) and/or acute care common stem: acute medicine (ACCS-AM), this website contains detailed information to help you. This covers recruitment to all UK training programmes in these specialties.

The  recruitment process section of the website is the home to the majority of information to help you navigate a recruitment round, including: dates & posts, eligibility criteriaplanning your application, applyinginterviews and offers.

In addition to the website, we produce an 'Applicants' Guide' which overviews how the process works and is a good introduction for those new to specialty recruitment; this is available to download from the document library.

It is advisable to visit the MDRS website  in order to view the relevant  person specification and download the applicant handbook prior to applying.

You may also wish to view data from previous years, including competition ratios.

Internal medicine training

Internal medicine training replaced core medical training from August 2019. You can read more about the programme and the changes in medical specialty training on the JRCPTB website.

2020 recruitment

There are two rounds of recruitment to programmes starting in August 2020:

  • Round 1 opens for applications at 11:30am on Monday 11 November 2019 and closes at 4pm on Monday 2 December 2019*.
  • Round 2 opens for applications at 10am on Tuesday 25 February 2020 and closes at 4pm on Thursday 12 March 2020.

The dates & posts page of the website has full details for both rounds. Dates can be subject to change, a news item will be published for any substantial changes.

* Application dates for round 1 were extended due to an issue with the original application form.

Stand-alone IMY3 Recruitment

Stand-alone year 3 IMT posts are starting from August 2021 with the recruitment process opening in October 2020. This is only open to those who have trained in a core medical training or ACCS acute medicine programme in the UK. 

There is a dedicated section of the website to the IMY3 recruitment process.

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Our  FAQs  section has the answers to many common queries but if you cannot find an answer to your question our PSP helpdesk can be contacted with any queries relating to the IMT recruitment process. We aim to respond to all queries within a maximum of three working days, although more urgent enquiries can usually expect a reply within a shorter time frame.

To contact the helpdesk, please submit a query to

Any important announcements will be added to this website and noted in the news section.

Physician Specialty Recruitment Office

IMT Recruitment is managed and coordinated by the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office (PSRO) based at Health Education England. The recruitment process is governed in coordination with the Royal College of Physicians of London, also working closely with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Dr Jo Szram
Clinical Lead for the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office