Training and development (gastroenterology)

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 gastroenterology 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 supervised learning events 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 gastroenterology at ST3 level. ST3 training takes a minimum of four or five years depending on the pathway chosen. Most consultant gastroenterologists in the UK and most specialty registrars training in gastroenterology choose to train both in their specialty and in general internal medicine (GIM) which takes a minimum of five years. Trainees are expected to spend time in a busier hospital and to have six months each of core liver and nutrition training. There are a number of different pathways from ST3 which enable trainees to develop sub-specialty expertise.

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

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for gastroenterology ST3. Arrangements for less than full time (LTFT) training and work patterns are now well established.

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.

For information about integrated medical and academic training in gastroenterology, see the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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 gastroenterology 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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