Training and development (cardiology)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

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The approved postgraduate training programme for cardiology is available from the GMC.

A small proportion of the trainees in cardiovascular medicine are training less than full time.

You will need to complete a two-year general medical training after your two-year foundation programme. General medical training has a choice of two pathways:

A recent survey of cardiology trainees showed that the median time for completion of the foundation programme and general medical training is six years (range 4-17).

The JRCPTB has issued guidance on dual CCT training in Cardiology and General Internal Medicine (GIM).

An MRCP (UK) or equivalent qualification is required for entry at ST3. Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition. View the competition ratios on the specialty training website.

Specialty training in cardiology (ST3-7) normally takes five years although two thirds of trainees undertake research which adds a minimum of two years. Successful completion of specialty training (ST3-7) will enable you to gain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and to be registered on the Specialist Register in cardiovascular medicine.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for cardiology ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

Getting in tips

These tips will give you some ideas to add to your CV. Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you. 

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