Entry requirements, skills and interests (ID)

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 infectious diseases, try to get experience in the specialty or related areas, eg a TB clinic in respiratory, laboratory experience in microbiology, or rotation in  genitourinary medicine.

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:

  • managing time and resources for the benefit of patients
  • developing management plans for the ‘whole patient’
  • communicating well with colleagues and patients
  • team working and leadership in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • keeping up-to-date in areas such as epidemiology (how disease affects groups of people), virology, molecular medicine and bacteriology
  • safeguarding public health
  • initiating and participating in research

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.

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