For the purposes of medical education and training, the nation of Scotland is divided into four regions.

  • East of Scotland (Dundee, Perth)

  • North of Scotland (Inverness, Aberdeen, Shetland, Elgin, Western Isles)

  • South-East (Edinburgh, Borders, Fife)

  • West of Scotland (Glasgow, Dumfries, Forth Valley, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Inverclyde)

For further information on medical training in Scotland, please visit the NHS Education for Scotland website.

Internal Medicine Training in Scotland

For further information on IMT programmes in Scotland, please follow the links below to the Scottish Medical Training website:

ACCS [internal medicine] training in Scotland

For further information on ACCS-IM programmes in Scotland, please follow the links below to the Scottish Medical Training website:

NHS Education for Scotland offers a number features which benefit their trainees.

  • National teaching – a national teaching programme for Scotland Deanery with online sessions and recordings available afterwards.
  • Simulation – a three day bootcamp in the first year (details here) and further practical simulation training in subsequent years.
  • Quality improvement - we have an annual national conference for internal medicine trainees to present their QI projects.
  • Pre- ARCP support - our training programme directors meet with trainees before the ARCP assessment to offer help and guidance.
  • Academic environment - there are a small number of posts within the West of Scotland offering academic mentoring for interested core trainees. The GATE (Glasgow Academic Training Environment) posts help trainees attain additional academic objectives in preparation for subsequent application to competitive local and national research training programmes.

Scotland forms the northern third of Great Britain, with a population of over five million people, and a land border only with England.

The nation is steeped in culture, from the poet Robert Burns to famous historical characters like William Wallace. While being part of the United Kingdom, Scotland has retained its unique culture and national identity.

Scotland is a hub of learning, and has some of the oldest and best universities in the world; while Scots are renowned for contributions to engineering, medicine, science, philosophy and art. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Logie Baird, and Alexander Fleming are three Scots whose contributions to these areas have been inestimable.

Scottish life

Whatever pace of life you prefer, you can find it in Scotland. Large cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh provide cosmopolitan living; while the north of Scotland offers a more relaxed, laid-back lifestyle.

Most parts of Scotland feature major shopping areas, world-renowned restaurants, bars, nightclubs, traditional pubs, castles, museums...there is something for everyone.


Scotland's most popular sports are football and rugby; however, water sports, hill walking, cycling and skiing are also widespread. And of course, Scotland's traditional sports can be seen at the Highland Games.

In addition, Scotland is known as the home of golf, and has a large number of impressive courses.


As more and more people from all over the world choose Scotland to be their home, it is becoming ever more multicultural, accommodating many diverse communities. These include, but are far from restricted to, Pakistani, Indian, African, Eastern European, Western European, Irish, Chinese, and many, many others.

There are places of worship for most religions throughout Scotland; in particular, Glasgow is an especially diverse city in this respect.

Further information

For further information on living in Scotland, please follow this link to the Scottish Medical Training website: