Training and development (ED)

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 endocrinology and diabetic medicine is available from the GMC.

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

Programmes generally 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. A significant proportion of trainees are training less than full time.

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.

Specialty training lasts for a minimum of four years (ST3-6). The majority of trainees, however, seek to acquire the additional competencies to enable them to achieve a dual CCT in Acute Internal Medicine or General Internal Medicine and for them in most cases training will take a further year (ST3-7).

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

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