Training and development (GM)

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 geriatric 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.

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 enter specialty training in geriatric medicine at ST3 level providing they have adequate breadth of experience. All trainees obtain dual accreditation in geriatric medicine and general internal medicine (GIM) which takes a minimum of five years (ST3-7).

Some trainees elect to undertake an additional one-year training scheme in stroke medicine to achieve sub-specialty recognition. Stroke medicine is a sub-specialty training programme open to neurology, geriatric medicine, acute medicine, rehabilitation medicine and clinical pharmacology trainees. Trainees should express an interest in stroke training before their final year so that the first year of stroke training can be integrated into their main specialty training. A second year of advanced stroke medicine training is required to reach the level required of consultants. Entry to stroke training is by competitive interview.

There are specific academic training programmes that include Academic Clinical Fellowships during core training. These lead to a period of full-time research to undertake a PhD and then to an Academic Clinical Lecturer position where trainees are able to combine clinical and academic work on a 50/50 basis. Out of programme research opportunities are also available to those doing conventional clinical training.

17% of trainees work less than full time (LTFT) at present and good opportunities for LTFT working exist throughout the career path.

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

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 geriatric 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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