Immunology is the branch of medicine concerned with the body’s defence system known as the immune system. Immunologists study how the immune system functions and they treat patients with immune system disorders.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, MBBS or equivalent. 2 years foundation doctor training, 2 years core training (CT1-2) during which the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) is obtained. This is followed by 5 years specialty training (ST3-7) leading to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists(FRCPath). 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'll be able to use statistics and computerised data effectively. You will also have the ability to deal with a wide range of clinical problems. This will include handling dual clinical and laboratory responsibilities, and having a good knowledge of the techniques used in immunology labs. These skills will be supported by your good communication, team working and leadership skills.
ProspectsThere are 73 consultants in immunology in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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