This section of the website provides guidance on points that require consideration before applying to IMT, this includes:

  • What and where - which specialty you are interested in (ACCS-AM, IMT or both) and in which regions would you consider working.
  • When to apply - information about the dates of recruitment rounds can be found on the dates & posts page.
  • Where to apply - applications should be made through the Oriel System.
  • Applying time - in previous recruitment rounds, candidates have reported spending around 10 hours or more on registering & applying - late applications cannot be accepted - so ensure you have enough time to complete your application and aim to submit it in good time before the deadline.
  • Information and documentation required - the application form requires you to enter a substantial amount of information about your career, experience and achievements to date. Additionally, you will be required to prepare a large amount of documentation for interview to demonstrate your eligibility and evidence your achivements. It is advisable to familiarise yourself with this so you can ensure you have everything you need.
  • ACF applicants - if you have applied for an academic clinical fellowship at CT1/ST1 level in a medical specialty, in most cases you will need to also apply to the IMT process to be clinically benchmarked. The page on this area explains how this will affect you during the recruitment process.
  • Round 2 - guidance on applying in the second round.
  • Future recruitment - summary information on future recruitment rounds.

Other information

We have published an applicants' guide which can be downloaded from the document library. The guide gives a brief overview of the whole process and is a good starting place for those not familiar with how the process works who want a summary before they start getting into the detail.

In addition to the information provided on this website about the process, there are many other sources from which to get information about specialty training, medical careers, specialties etc. Links to some of these other organisations can be found in the other links section.

As well as these websites, it is advisable to speak to colleagues, such as current ACCS-AM/IMT trainees or supervisors who have some experience of the recruitment process in previous rounds, who can give a more personal insight into applying.

Getting a head start

Given the length of time it can take to complete an application, there are things you can do before the window opens to get a headstart on making your application. Firstly, you can complete registration on Oriel and add information which will be transferred to your form when you start your application; see the Oriel application system section for details about this. 

Another thing you can do is to draft  certain sections of your application offline, before the application window has opened. This is particularly the case for individuals who are aware that they will be busy during the application period. We have published the word counts from some of the parts of the application form which require longer written answers below so you can prepare them to paste into your application form. 

Evidence page

The evidence page of the application form includes the areas on which all applications will be scored and it is a requirement to enter supporting text to justify your selection. Guidance relating to each domain can be found on the application scoring section of this website, along with the maximum word count allowed for each section.

Supporting page

The 'commitment to specialty' and 'achievements outside of medicine' parts of the supporting page of the application form  require written answers that you could prepare before applications open.

Commitment to specialty

In this space you are asked to describe how you believe you meet the person specification and there is a word count limit of 400 words.

Achievements outside medicine

In this space you have another opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the person specification through achievements that are not related to medicine and there is a word count limit of 150 words.