The information on this website is currently aimed at recruiting for posts starting in August 2019. The website will be updated over the summer and early autumn of 2019 and is expected to be refreshed for 2020 recruitment by the end of September 2019; however, the timeline for the round has already been published.

When specific information is confirmed this will be added to the website but in the meantime the information for 2019 is a good guide as to what to expect for 2020 recruitment as most things will be largely the same.

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 criteria , planning your application , applying interviews 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 view the relevant  person specification prior to applying.

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

Internal medicine training

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

2019 recruitment

There are two rounds of recruitment to programmes starting in August 2019:

  • Round 1 opens for applications at 10am on Wednesday 7 November 2018 and closes at 4pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.
  • Round 2 opens for applications at 10am on Tuesday 26 February 2019 and closes at 4pm on Thursday 14 March 2019.

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.

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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 email helpdesk can be contacted with any queries relating to the IMT recruitment process. Normally, responses to all queries will be within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

To contact the helpdesk, please send an email to

Any important announcements will be added to this website and noted in the news section, as well as being announced on our twitter feed.

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 Richard Butterworth & Dr Jo Szram
Clinical Leads for the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office