Entry requirements, skills and interests (respiratory 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 respiratory medicine, try to get experience in the specialty or related areas such as intensive care medicine or palliative 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:
- excellent communication skills to work well with patients and colleagues
- an empathetic approach towards patients with chronic disorders
- a strong general medical knowledge base and a willingness to keep up-to-date
- an aptitude for practical procedures
- an ability to recognise multisystem diseases
- team working in a multidisciplinary team
If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.