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Renal medicine

Nephrologists (doctors in renal medicine) diagnose and treat diseases of the kidneys.

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 3 year specialist training (ST3-5). 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 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): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

For this role you'll have an holistic approach to patient care, communicating effectively with patients whilst working in partnership with the renal multi-disciplinary team and other professionals. You will also be able to organise and manage your workload effectively changing priorities when required. Your good communication and team-working skills are essential to your role.

Prospects

There are 523 consultants in renal medicine in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching
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