Training and development (dermatology)

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 dermatology is available from the GMC.

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

CMT programmes generally take two years to complete and three in the case of ACCS and paediatrics. They consist of four to six placements in medical specialties which must include direct involvement in 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 the full MRCP (UK). Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

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

Trainees who wish to achieve a CCT in General Internal Medicine (GIM) as well as dermatology must apply for an advertised dual training programme at the outset.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment for dermatology.

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

A significant proportion of the trainees in dermatology 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, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in dermatology as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience 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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