Training and development (pharmaceutical 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 pharmaceutical medicine is available from the GMC.

You will need to complete core training (or equivalent such as core surgical training) after your two-year foundation programme. Core training has a choice of two pathways:

Pharmaceutical medicine specialty training (PMST) ST3 training takes a minimum of four years (ST3-6).

To enter PMST, trainees must hold Associate (Trainee) membership of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.

All trainees must also sit and pass the Diploma of Pharmaceutical Medicine exam.

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

There are opportunities for flexible training.

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

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in pharmaceutical 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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