Training and development (renal 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.

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The approved postgraduate training programme for renal medicine 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 nephrology at ST3 level. ST3 training takes a minimum of three years.

The majority of renal physicians receive training in both renal and general internal medicine. This will normally include, from ST3, three years in clinical posts in renal medicine and two years in a GIM post. It is also possible to dual accredit with other related specialties such as intensive care medicine.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment for renal medicine.

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

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 encourage you to add valuable experience 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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