Metabolic Medicine is a sub-specialty allied to chemical pathology (clinical biochemistry). Doctors working in metabolic medicine combine an understanding of biochemistry and metabolism. They deal with adult patients where the chemical processes in the body do not function properly and may cause various health problems.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, MBBS. 2 years foundation doctor training. 2 years core medical training (CMT1–2) or 3 years acute care common stem (ACCS CT1–3), followed by 6 years higher specialist training in chemical pathology or general internal medicine (ST3-ST8). Alternative routes are possible – please refer to the training and development page. This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
Expected working hours and salary rangeDoctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends, on call possible. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
Desirable skills and valuesFor this role you will have a strong interest in biochemistry and metabolism. This will be aided by your ability to lead a team, whilst developing and evaluating services. Having excellent communication skills supports your excellent problem-solving and reasoning skills. You're familiarity with research methods and a willingness to keep up-to-date with research and advances in treatment is essential for your role.
ProspectsThere were 15 consultants in metabolic medicine in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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