Can anyone with English as mothertongue, preferrably working in medicine, make a professional check of my CV and covering letter? I am from non-English speaking country, want to work as a doctor in Great Britain. Although I tried to make the best I can, I am not sure that all mistakes in grammar, spelling and punctuation were found and corrected. I would appreciate your help greatly, even can pay a reasonable amount of money via paypal for example, if your help will be really of high quality.
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Dear Sir or Madam!

My name is Dr Aliaksei Papou, I am a Clinical Lecturer in Vitebsk State Medical University, Vitebsk, Belarus. I would like to ask your advise on medical training in the UK. If my request is not within your responsibilities, please let me know where I should send it.

My aim is full-time position at Specialist Registrar post in rheumatology in the UK.
I have 6 years of postgraduate experience in Medicine, including 4 years of work in the Department of Rheumatology. In June 2004 after defending thesis I have been given the scientific degree Candidate of Medical Sciences (PhD equivalent in Belarus). The detailed list of qualifications is given in my CV which is attached to this email.

Currently I do not have General Medical Council registration. I would like to consult with you do I have chances to be exempted from PLAB on the basis of completion of Basic Specialist Training. After graduating from university instead of 12-months internship I had 2 years of medical residency in Belarus (training course called clinical ordinature, 'klinicheskaya ordinatura' in Russian language, it is developed in our country for the best postgraduates). I would like to know can it be accepted as Basic Specialist Training (according to the data I found on your site, it fits the criteria - 2 years, admission and early follow up of acute emergencies, exposure to acute unselected medical take).

In June 2005 I took IELTS test with total band score 8, Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking Modules 9/9/6/7, respectively. Unfortunately, IELTS writing module result was not so good as I thought, so, if my training can be accepted as General Professional Training, I want to take IELTS once again and receive minimum 7.0 in each band. If the training cannot be accepted, I will probably take PLAB test without retaking IELTS.

And one more question. Probably I must seek only Senior House Officer position in the UK, not Specialist Registrar. In this case, which I do not prefer and may be I will not follow, I ask your advise whether there are any other routes for Higher Specialist Training in the UK (via sponsorship, ISS, Training in Academic Medicine, or other routes). Although I have heard that to get job in a university is very hard, I am interested in Academic Medicine route also because I would like not only to have medical training but to continue research work.

My CV is attached to this email as PDF-file. If you need any additional information, please contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration, I appreciate your help!

Dr Aliaksei Papou,
Clinical Lecturer,
Vitebsk State Medical University,
Vitebsk, Belarus
Dr A. Papou PhD

Full-time position at Specialist Registrar post in Rheumatology, with opportunities to conduct medical research.

November 2004 Qualification of Rheumatologist, Belarussian Medical Academy
of Post-graduate Education, Minsk, Belarus.
June 2004 Candidate of Medical Sciences degree (PhD equivalent), Belarussian Medical Academy of Post-graduate Education, Minsk, Belarus.
June 1999 Physician qualification, Medical Faculty, Vitebsk State Medical University, Vitebsk, Belarus.

Full name: Aliaksei Papou
Date of Birth: 16 February 1976
Nationality: Belarussian
Country of current residence: Belarus
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Children: No

April 2004 - to date
Rheumatologist, Professorial Consultative Medical Diagnostic Center, Vitebsk.
Outpatient management (part-time position in private patient care institution).
September 2001 - to date
Clinical Lecturer, the Department of Internal Medicine II, Vitebsk State Medical University.
Treatment of patients in the Department of Rheumatology of Vitebsk Regional Clinical Hospital, tutorials with 5th and 6th year students of Vitebsk State Medical University (full-time position).
August 1999 - August 2001
Senior Laboratory Assistant, the Department of Internal Medicine II, Vitebsk State Medical University.
Part-time job with simultaneous study in medical residency. Scientific, teaching work, tasks in support of the department's activities.

August - November 2004
Advanced training course "Rheumatology", the Department of Cardiology and Rheumatology, Belarussian Medical Academy of Post-graduate Education, Minsk, Belarus.
2000 - 2004 Candidate of Medical Sciences thesis, the Department of Internal
Medicine II, Vitebsk State Medical University.
Thesis "Clinical and instrumental diagnostics of lumbar spine lesions in rheumatoid arthritis and primary osteoarthritis", defended in Belarussian Medical Academy of Post-graduate Education
10 June 2004.
May 2004 Training course "Ultrasonographic Diagnostics in the Internal Medicine", the Faculty of Improvement Professional Skills with Refresher Course, Vitebsk State Medical University.
June 2003 Training course "Selected Issues of Internal Medicine", the Faculty of Improvement Professional Skills with Refresher Course, Vitebsk State Medical University.
September 1999 - August 2001
Medical Residency, the Department of Internal Medicine II, Vitebsk State Medical University.
Residency in General Internal Medicine, training in departments of Vitebsk Regional Clinical Hospital in all subspecialities of internal medicine, on call duties weekly, theoretical education.
1996 - 1999 Advanced Course of Medical English, Vitebsk State Medical University, qualification of Translator.
1993 - 1999 Medical Faculty, Vitebsk State Medical University, Vitebsk, Belarus.
6 years of basic medical degree course, including practical training. Grade point average - 4.73 (out of 5.0, top 10%).


Patient management
4 years of rheumatologic practice in the Department of Internal Medicine II, located in Vitebsk Regional Clinical Hospital (1200 bed district general hospital covering all major specialties). Approximately 500 hours of inpatient management a year - usually 6 patients, male and female, daily visits. Outpatient practice - on average 10 patients a week. Participations in hospital ward rounds, consultations, case conferences in the Departments of Rheumatology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Haematology, Allergology, Gastroenterology and Pulmonology in Vitebsk Regional Clinical Hospital (weekly ward rounds, 1-2 consultations a week).
Personal experience in wide spectrum of rheumatic disorders: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, crystal-mediated articular diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, inflammatory myopathies, Sjogren's syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome and reactive arthritis, temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica, Wegener's granulomatosis, Churg-Strauss syndrome, polyarteritis nodosa, Takayasu's arteritis, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, Behcet's disease, relapsing polychondritis, Lyme disease, rheumatic fever, osteoporosis, osteonecrosis, back pain, fibromyalgia, regional disorders of joints and related structures, etc.
Investigation, diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of patients, work in multidisciplinary team. Interpretation of laboratory investigations, imaging techniques. Aspiration and injection of joints and soft tissues (2 years' experience). Ultrasonography of liver and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, joints and soft tissues (3 years' experience). Treatment of concomitant internal diseases of in- and outpatients. Emergency care, including on call duties on Vitebsk region.

Teaching experience
4 years of tutorials (approximately 400 hours a year) for fifth- and sixth-year medical students in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine (covering all subspecialities), the Basics of Clinical Ultrasonography. Development of manuals, tests, exercises for students, other training aids.

English - IELTS total score 8.0, Russian and Belarussian - mother tongue.
Computer skills: competent with wide range of software, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Statistica, SPSS, Adobe Photoshop, Intranet, Internet, multimedia programs; typing, desktop publishing, website design etc.
Psychotherapy and psychology (2000-2003 studying in Moscow Gestalt Institute, Certificate of Gestalt-psychotherapist). Special interest in psychosomatics and rheumatic diseases as psychosomatic disorders.

22 publications to date in Belarus and abroad. 12 presentations of research work, clinical cases at local, external and international professional meetings, congresses and workshops. Detailed information is available upon request.

Intellectual Brain Games (IQ Score 148, MENSA Certificate, captain of team), Eastern martial arts, music, reading.

Professor A.Litvjakov MD PhD, Head of the Department of Internal Medicine II, Vitebsk State Medical University.
Professor T.Tjabut MD PhD, the Department of Cardiology and Rheumatology, Belarussian Medical Academy of Post-graduate Education, Minsk, Belarus.
Dr A.Sychev, General Manager of Professorial Consultative Medical Diagnostic Center, Vitebsk.
Dr T.Sapego, Chief of the Department of Rheumatology, Vitebsk Regional Clinical Hospital
hello aliakesi.

i am dr sandhu kirandeep from india also passed out from vitebsk med university in 2001. i am very happy to see your achivements in medical profession. i lived in 5 hostel on frunze street. i think you also lived there. i passed united states medical licensing exam this year. planning to join residency in internal medicine in us next year. contact me if you get this. ok bye best of luck for your future.

it seems u people have great knowledge in med. science.Im msc in physiology i want to start mphil kindly help me in choosing topic or web site name by which i can get help.

i will be thankful.

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Dear Aliaksei,

I think your CV is very good but you should specify more about your pubblications and your clinical experience, expecially you should be able to specify for how long you worked in a department and who was your tutor.

About publications you should report the names, the title and the journal.

Best whishes

Graet thanks for everyone who replied my post! Please explain me how should I list my publications if they are in Russian language, nobody will understand what is written, I consider. May be I must give translation of titles, journals etc?

To dr sandhu kirandeep - really, I lived in hostel 5, room 55. Glad to meet you! But how can I contact you?
hello sir,

I' have gone through u r letter.U r a professor with lot of working experiences thats not enough to work in U.K , as a doctor .I will tell u the procedures, first u have to give IELTS. theiris a coaching class in near by British Embassy.after taking that u have to go for plab.part 1 and part 2.after taking plab their is no guarranty that u will get a job.May be the job for u is little bit easier.b'coz u have got more work experience and u r a professor. U can work in Australia, any way u have to take IELTS.in australia u can take plab also.BUT u can work in australia and simultaneously u can give plab.thats the benefit.For u as a professor it should be easy to find a job in Australia.My best advise,take TOEFL,give USMLE.and apply for a job in U.S.A..Their u will get ur deserved status.

I'm a ex Belarussian graduate.foriegner ,my email is [edited out]
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Dear Al

I am a vascular surgeon in the UK and come out to Belarus - to Minsk to do clinical trials, I have had a look at your CV and letter. My professional opinion is that the format you have chosen is not ideal, do you have a word version of the letter and CV so I can add tracked changes. I will help in what ever way I can.



James, I've edited out your email/postal addresses as we don't permit them in Anon posts. (Also, you'll be spammed up to the eyeballs if you post it here.)

It would be better to register as a user and then contact Al by email.

Hello Aleiksei,

I will check you C.V. if you want me to.. have you had any responses yet?

Hi Aliaksei. I'm from Georgia. You can contact me if you need some advice with GMC registration and PLAB exams. Here is my e-mail Email Removed
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