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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 and qualifications required

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.

Expected working hours and salary range

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.

Desirable skills and values

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.

Prospects

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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