Training and development (clinical genetics)

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.

The approved postgraduate training programme for clinical genetics is available from the GMC website at GMC curriculum for clinical genetics.

You will need to complete core training after your two-year foundation programme. Core training has a choice of three pathways:

Programmes consist of four to six placements in medical specialties which must include direct involvement in the acute medical take. Trainees record their workplace based assessments in an ePortfolio which they continue to use in specialty training.

Applicants for specialty training at ST3 should also hold either the full MRCP (UK), MRCPCH, MRCGP or equivalent postgraduate qualification. Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

Entry from other specialties such as obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, general practice and psychiatry is welcomed.

Trainees can enter specialty training in clinical genetics at ST3 level. ST3 training takes a minimum of four years.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment.

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

Some trainees enter the specialty having already completed an MD or PhD while others take time out of their training programme to undertake a research degree.

A significant proportion of the trainees in genetics are training less than full time.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges 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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