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KIMSHEALTH IMT Foundation Programme

As you are aware in the UK, post-MBBS Trainees have to undergo a Foundation Programme for two years, as opposed to one year of compulsory rotatory Internship in India, prior to joining Internal Medicine Training (IMT). The acquisition of knowledge during the foundation years forms the base for preparation of the upcoming Internal Medicine Training and thus, the MRCP (UK) examinations.

Moreover, the educational strategy for undergraduate medical course in India is quite different from that in the UK and passing the MRCP(UK) Part 1 exam requires a skillset level which is usually achieved only after intense and focused study. Results of our IMT candidates, for MRCP(UK) Part 1 over the past years indicate that the exam is more challenging to the Indian candidates and despite their preparations, majority are unable to pass within the specified time.

Under these circumstances, we have decided to focus more on guiding and preparing the Trainees for Part 1 through a Foundation Programme which would provide them with the necessary skills, knowledge and technique to succeed in the exam. We also believe that such programme will serve as a valuable pathway for MRCP aspirants and also to all medical graduates who aim to pursue higher medical training.


To help potential candidates for Internal Medicine Training (IMT) to build their core knowledge of medicine, helping them get adapted to the MRCP(UK) examination pattern via extensive academic training and giving them an edge over other Internal Medicine Training (IMT) programme in India.


Six months (April 2024 to October 2024).


Candidates must hold an MBBS degree from one of the recognized National or International Medical Institutions which are listed by the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. They must have completed the mandatory Internship and received the permanent registration from Medical Council of India (MCI) or State Medical Council (SMC).

Structure of the Programme

The proposed Foundation Programme would be for a duration of six months (April 2024 to October 2024), followed by the commencement of Internal Medicine Training (IMT) programme for three years from November 2024 onwards.

This is keeping in mind that no disruptions in the transition period from Foundation Training to Internal Medicine Training, which may prove as a distraction.

The following points form the basis of the Foundation Programme:

  • Daily classes in the form of topic-based explanations and question solving.
  • Academic sessions on core concepts, high yield topics with emphasis on areas of concern and commonly neglected topics by Trainees (Medical Ophthalmology, Palliative Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Statistics).
  • Weekly / bi-weekly tests will be conducted on the topics being discussed.
  • The marking & feedback to the Trainees will be done on a one-on-one basis, highlighting deficiencies and areas to work on, with this being documented in an official manner. Marking & feedback from the faculties will be taken into account while offering IMT seats.
  • During the period of this programme, the Trainees would be permitted to see patients under direct supervision.
  • They would be a part of the Internal Medicine department for a period of six months, and will help them for the ward work with no compromise on the attendance of academic sessions.
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