I am an oversea doctor planning to pursue a career as an ophthalmologist in the UK. 
Can I do so without PLAB? 
If you can get sponsorship from the UK consultants you may gain exemption from PLAB. Write to the Royal College of Ophthalmologist for details. Further information from the site is as below:

Sponsorship of Overseas Qualified Doctors for the purpose of Exemption from the PLAB Test and granting of Limited Registration 

Thank you for your enquiry concerning the College Sponsorship Scheme for limited registration with exemption from the PLAB* test. 

It is important to understand that in normal circumstances overseas qualified doctors should obtain limited registration with the General Medical Council by sitting the PLAB test. 

In special circumstances where the applicant is of exceptional ability this College may recommend exemption from the PLAB test by agreeing to sponsor the applicant for a period of training or research in the United Kingdom. 

This Sponsorship Scheme requires the applicant to have the support of a UK consultant who holds a substantive or honorary National Health Service appointment and who is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The applicant also requires an overseas sponsor who must be known personally to the UK consultant and who should be a Fellow of the College or a distinguished ophthalmologist. 

The candidate should demonstrate his or her ability to read, write, speak and understand English by passing module B, medical component, of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to a minimum of band 7.0 in all four categories (this test can be taken under the auspices of the British Council in any of the one hundred and eighty centres in the one hundred and ten countries). The College requires the result of this test before the application can be processed. 

The UK consultant must be able to offer the applicant a post which is recognised by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for training. This post must be in the unit of the UK consultant or, if the post is part of an established training rotation, it must include a period in the unit of the UK consultant. Approximately three months notice is required to process applications at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. 

The UK consultant must apply formally to the College for sponsorship on behalf of the applicant. Full details and application forms will be sent to the potential UK consultant sponsors on request. 

*PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) is a test of medical knowledge and use of English. Details may be obtained from the General Medical Council, 178-202 Great Portland Street, London, WIN 6JE.

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