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Respiratory medicine

Doctors in respiratory medicine diagnose and treat conditions affecting the respiratory (breathing) system, ie the nose, throat (pharynx), larynx, the windpipe (trachea), the lungs and the diaphragm.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. 2 year foundation doctor training, 2 year core medical training and 4 year specialist training (ST3-6). This period of training will include 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 per 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): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

For this role you'll have a strong general medical knowledge base and a willingness to keep up-to-date with current research, this will support your ability to recognise multi-system diseases. You'll also enjoy and have an aptitude for practical procedures and have an empathetic approach to patients with chronic conditions. You will have excellent communication skills with both patients and colleagues and be able to work well in multi-disciplinary teams.

Prospects

There are 935 consultants in respiratory medicine in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching
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