Training and development (medical oncology)

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 medical oncology 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 can enter specialty training in medical oncology at ST3 level. ST3 training takes a minimum of four years.

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

Find out more about the ST3 recruitment on the National Recruitment into Medical Oncology

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

Trainees who wish to achieve a CCT in medical oncology and another specialty must have applied for and successfully entered a training programme which was advertised openly as a dual training programme.

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 medical oncology 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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