The process of GMC registration roughly takes about 2 to 6 weeks for most doctors with some lucky ones even getting it within 5 days. I had anticipated mine to take roughly 6-8 weeks little did i know mine was going to take 8 months; yes eight tough months. This was a period where i had the chance to exercise the following virtues; faith, patience, persistence and the powerful duo of fasting and prayer.
My timeline for GMC registration in summary was as follows; Please note my experience is a very unique one but i believe it will speak to someone out there.
- 1st November 2019; Applied for GMC registration having collected all the documents required; internship completion certificate, Certificate of good standing, Degree certificate and the IELTS certificate.
- 21st November 2019; My application was closed awaiting an inquiry into my Primary medical qualification( please check out my blog post”When the dream seems so far”
- 21st November- 2nd March 2020; Primary medical Qualification inquiry.
- 2nd March 2020; Primary medical qualification accepted.
- 12th March 2020; Re-applied for GMC registration
- 9th June 2020; Received GMC registration.
The two most important milestones in this journey were 2nd March and 9th June. There was a point along the way i though these two things may never happen. I did a lot of fasting and praying because there were many times i reached a point when there was nothing else i could do but surrender to God. This journey taught me great lessons that i will surely use in the next phase of my life.
Lesson 1; Faith can only be exercised in the valleys of life.
Many times as Christians we desire to have faith not knowing that it can only tested in trials. Case in point is Isaac in Genesis 26:2. The Lord instructed Isaac “Do not go down in Egypt, but do as i tell you. Live as a foreigner in this land and i will be with you and bless you…”. Isaac lived in Gerar after this encounter with God. We would expect his life to smooth in this land after all he was living under the Lord’s instruction. Isaac however faced lots of resistance from the Philistines living in that land but this did not stop him from thriving in this land. He built many wells in this land that later benefited his descendants.
Lesson 2; The Lord’s plan is to prosper you.
Jeremiah 29:11″ For i know the plans i have for you, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you hope and a future” This is one of the verses that reminds me that everything happens for a reason. My original plan was to start work in February 2020 but because of the above circumstances this did not materialize then shortly after my degree being acceptable the world went into the COVID 19 lock down. During this time i thanked God that i was at home with my family. I surely saw the hand of the Lord in my life so i want to remind you today that even the delays are for your own good.
Lesson 3; Be still…
Psalms 46: 10 ” Be still and know that iam God”…My journey reminded me of the Israelites in Exodus 14. While the Israelites had camped at Pi Hahiroth, they saw the Egyptians pursuing them and became terrified. They started blaming Moses for taking them out of Egypt but Moses n vs 14 reassured them”The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still,” I had many trying moments along this journey but this verse really calmed me. I was reminded that the Lord works when we are still therefore however bad the situation is you need to be still and surrender to the Lord, he will definitely come through for you.
I have been so lazy to write this article but i hope that it blesses someone out there. If you have any questions feel free to contact me below, remember the Lord blesses us to bless others. This process has been a big testimony in my life because there were so many times i would have chosen to given but the holy spirit kept me persisting till we won this battle so as i conclude this article i want to remind you; DO NOT LIMIT GOD; REACH FOR THE STARS!
Dr Carolyn Nansubuga.