Training and development (respiratory 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 respiratory 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:

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 respiratory medicine at ST3 level after completing core training (or an equivalent pathway). ST3 training takes a minimum of four years.

Most trainees decide to train in both GIM and respiratory medicine. To do so, they must compete for a place on a dual CCT programme and spend a minimum of five years in ST3 specialty training.

It is also possible to train in Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) as well.

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

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the NHS Person Specification 2017 for Respiratory 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, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.Getting in tips

If you follow these tips, they will 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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