Training and development (GUM)

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 genitourinary 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 throuhgout 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 genitourinary medicine at ST3 level. ST3 training usually takes a minimum of four years.

The specialty aims to provide an integrated and comprehensive sexual health service, and incorporates opportunities to train in genital lesions and dermatoses, sexual dysfunction, contraception, adolescent health, sexual assault and public health. Some centres will also have a short-term placement in infectious diseases.

Successful completion of specialty training (ST3-6) will enable you to gain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and to be registered on the Specialist Register in genitourinary medicine.

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

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

The specialty is well suited to flexible training and working patterns.

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 genitourinary medicine 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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