In this section you can find:
- The overall timetable for both rounds of the 2019 recruitment year (below). Post numbers for both recruitment rounds will be confirmed and published closer to the time.
- Round 1 interview dates and post numbers (click on the tab above).
- Round 2 interview dates and post numbers (click on the tab above).
Dates subject to change
Whilst we do not expect the timelines published to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, you are advised to check this page periodically.
Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.
2019 round 1
|Timeline for 2019 IMT recruitment (round 1)|
|Specialty advertisements published||(by) Wednesday 31 October 2018|
|Provisional post numbers published||(by) Friday 26 October 2018|
|Applications||open - Wednesday 7 November 2018 (10am, UK time)
close - Thursday 29 November 2018 (4pm, UK time)
|Longlisting completed||Wednesday 19 December 2018|
||Thursday 20 December 2018|
|Invitation to interview||Friday 21 December 2018|
|Interview booking deadline||2 January 2019|
|Interviews held||Monday 14 January - Wednesday 20 February 2019|
|Specific dates are available under the grey Round 1 tab at the top of this page|
|Programme preferences open||
open - Friday 15 February 2019
close - Monday 25 February 2019
|Offers made||the first set of offers will be made no later than Monday 4 March 2019 (5pm, UK time)|
|Interview feedback released||Friday 8 March 2019|
|Offer holding deadline||Friday 8 March 2019 (1pm, UK time)|
|Offer upgrade deadline||Friday 15 March 2019 (4pm, UK time)|
|Post start date||Wednesday 7 August 2019|
2019 round 2
|Timeline for 2019 IMT recruitment (round 2)|
|Specialty advertisements published||(by) Wednesday 13 February 2019|
|Applications||open - Tuesday 26 February 2019 (10am, UK time)
close - Thursday 14 March 2019 (4pm, UK time)
|Longlisting completed||(by) Monday 25 March 2019|
|Shortlisting completed||(by) Tuesday 26 March 2019|
|Invitation to interview||(sent by) Tuesday 26 March 2019|
|Interview booking deadline||Monday 1 April (8am, UK time)|
|Interviews held||Wednesday 10 April - Friday 26 April 2019|
|Specific dates are available under the grey Round 2 tab at the top of this page|
|Programme preferences open (approximate dates)||
open - Thursday 18 April
close - Friday 26 April
|Offers made||the first set of offers will be made no later than Tuesday 30 April 2019 (5pm, UK time)|
|Interview feedback released||Friday 3 May 2019|
|Offer holding deadline||Friday 3 May 2019 (9am, UK time)|
|Offer upgrade deadline||Friday 3 May 2019 (5pm, UK time)|
|Post start date||Wednesday 7 August 2019
Provisional programme numbers & interview dates
The information on this page will be updated once it can be confirmed.
It is the intention that initial programme numbers for all regions will be published prior to the application opening date, although this cannot be guaranteed. Numbers will be updated as and when notifications are received from each region and will be checked later in the round when programme preferences are open for selection.
Candidates can be interviewed at any of the centres listed below, regardless of where they wish to work. When choosing your preferred centre you should do this on the basis of your availability and the most geographically convenient available. There is no benefit to being interviewed at one region over another based on where you want to train or any other reason.
While it is difficult to predict exactly the level of competition for IMT programmes, we have published data on previous years' recruitment to this website. This will give an indication of the possible competition rates in each region.
Provisional interview dates and post numbers
|Region||ACCS-AM posts||IMT posts||Interview dates|
30 Jan - 31 Jan 2019
24 Jan, 29 Jan & 30 Jan 2019
29 Jan - 30 Jan 2019
15 Jan - 17 Jan 2019
16 Jan - 17 Jan 2019
29 Jan - 31 Jan 2019
24 Jan 2019
23 Jan - 25 Jan 2019
28 Jan - 4 Feb 2019
15 Jan - 17 Jan 2019
5 Feb - 6 Feb 2019
7 Feb - 8 Feb 2019
22 Jan & 25 Jan 2019
11 Feb - 12 Feb
|East of England||
|London & South East||
|Yorkshire and the Humber||
*Scotland post numbers
If you are interested in working in Scotland, a breakdown of post numbers by the four Scottish deaneries is available on the Scottish Medical Training website. This has details of all specialty training post numbers in Scotland, including specialties which are not part of the PSRO nationally-coordinated process.
Please note that whilst we endeavour to keep the IMT website up to date, the SMT website will always be the more accurate one where they differ.
In round 2 all interviews for the round are expected to be held across five interview centres in the following locations: Cardiff, Leicester, London, Newcastle and Southampton. As in round 1, candidates will remain in contention for all vacancies available nationally, regardless of where the interview takes place.
Below are the dates for the round 2 interviews:
17 April 2019
10 April 2019 & 11 April 2019
25 April 2019 & 26 April 2019
23 April 2019 & 24 April 2019
25 April 2019 & 26 April 2019
Vacancies for round 2 largely depend on the number of programmes which are unfilled after the close of round 1; although it is common for new vacancies to be added which were not available in round 1.
There are two tables lower on this page with vacancy numbers for round 2:
- The first table shows the number of posts unfilled in 2019 round 1 that may be available in round 2 for each region. These numbers are indicative of the posts that will be available in round 2 as these are subject to change as regions add or remove posts. For example, all posts in London were filled in round 1 in previous years, but more posts were added for this region in round 2.
- The second table contains a breakdown of previous years' post numbers for round 2 as a guide since applications will close for round 2 before round 1 is fully completed.
|Indicative post numbers, round 2 2019|
|East of England||5||38|
|Kent, Surrey and Sussex||2||34|
|North West - Mersey||0||30|
|North West - North Western||0||30|
|South West - Peninsula||1||23|
|South West - Severn||5||0|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||1||35|
|Post numbers, round 2 2015 - 2018|
|East of England||1||29||0||37||1||44||1||47|
|Kent, Surrey & Sussex||0||11||0||10||0||33||0||18|
|NW North Western||0||25||0||18||0||28||0||19|
|Yorkshire & Humber||1||51||1||69||0||88||0||72|