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  1. Tropical medicine

    Tropical medicine doctors treat patients with a wide range of tropical infections including malaria and hepatitis. They diagnose, investigate and manage imported infection.

    Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. You’ll then complete two years of foundation training, two years of core training (CT1-2) and two years of specialty training in combined infection (ST3-4). Following that there’s three years of specialty training in Tropical Medicine (ST5-7). This period of training will include completing your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
    Doctors 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 highly likely. Pay scales (2017): NHS consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
    You’ll need to keep calm in emergencies and have good problem-solving and decision-making skills. You’ll also be able to communicate effectively, and have strong organisational and leadership skills, working well in a team. You’ll need a good knowledge of geographical medicine and a willingness to work overseas in challenging conditions.
    There are approximately 30 consultant posts in the UK (but most are outside of the NHS). Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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