Entry requirements, skills and interests (renal medicine)
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.
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 renal medicine, try to get experience in the specialty or related areas such as intensive care 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:
- organising and managing your workload effectively
- changing priorities when required
- adopting a holistic approach to patient care, eg establishing a rapport with patients, supporting patient self-management, providing continuity of care
- communicating accurately and clearly with patients and colleagues
- working in partnership with the renal multi-disciplinary team and other professionals (reflecting the various problems of co-morbidity present in most patients with chronic renal disease, eg diabetic nephropathy)
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