Training and development (metabolic medicine)

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 metabolic medicine is available from the GMC.

Here is the NHS person specification 2017 for metabolic medicine.

After sub-specialty training in metabolic medicine has been completed, trainees will have the sub-specialty of metabolic medicine included in their entry in the GMC’s specialist register alongside their certificate of completion of training (CCT) in their main specialty, which is either chemical pathology or general internal medicine. Alternatively, metabolic medicine trainees might be awarded the Combined Programme Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESRCP) instead of the CCT. 

Before starting specialist training that includes metabolic medicine, you need to complete either:

As an alternative to CMT or ACCS, you may also be accepted for specialty training in metabolic medicine if you offer at least two years’ experience in physicianly medical specialties as defined by the JRCPTB.

You then need to apply for specialty training in chemical pathology or general internal medicine at ST3 level. Metabolic medicine training will occur in parallel with training in the parent specialty. Training is from ST3-8.

In combination with chemical pathology training for metabolic medicine takes five and a half years. When combined with general internal medicine training takes five years.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges or the GMC.

Getting in tips

These tips will give you some ideas 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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