Entry requirements, skills and interests (GM)

This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.

Entry requirements

Prior to starting your specialty training you need to have completed a medical degree followed by the two-year foundation programme and then two or three years of core training. If you have already made a decision to pursue a career in geriatric medicine, try to get experience of elderly patients on the acute medical take, special clinics or other wards.

To find information about getting into medical school, visit our applying to medicine pages.

To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.

Skills and interests

The skills and interests you will need include:

  • the ability to prioritise and plan
  • the ability to solve diagnostic puzzles
  • team working
  • empathy and the ability to communicate with older people
  • the ability to advocate against ageism and the stereotyping of old people
  • teaching and research (particularly if it interests you)

If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.

Find out more about NHS values.

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