Training and development (tropical 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.

Before embarking on specialty training at ST3 potential tropical medicine doctors need to complete either:

Core Medical Training (CMT) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) - acute medicine and pass the examinations leading to membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). CMT is a two-year programme and ACCS is a three-year programme.


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After the CMT or ACCS the next stage of training is:

Combined Infection Training

Combined infection training is a two-year integrated laboratory and clinical training programme that covers basic skills in medical microbiology and virology, infection prevention and control and tropical medicine. Combined infection training includes Part 1 Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathology (FRCPath) examinations.

ST3 Specialty Training

Specialty training ST3 in tropical medicine takes a further three years.

This part of the training includes two years in a UK recognised tropical centre, in London, Liverpool or Birmingham. A further 12 months is spent in an overseas resource poor setting that has been recognised for training.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the NHS Person Specification for Tropical Medicine ST3. This will be available next time there is recruitment into this specialty.

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.

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

In order to be fully qualified as a consultant in tropical medicine it is also necessary to complete a full-time Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The length of training can vary, for example it is possible to train flexibly if you fulfil the criteria for Less than Full Time Training, (LTFT).

Joint training

It possible to undertake joint training in:

*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.

Experience of extra-curricular activities, achievements and interests relevant to tropical medicine are also desirable.

Selection panels also look for evidence of academic and research achievements, which as well as additional academic qualifications include prizes, awards, distinctions, publications and presentations. An understanding of research, audit and teaching is also important as is evidence of the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team. Good leadership and organisational skills are also important.

A demonstrable interest in and understanding of the specialty is also required.

Find out more about the specialty:

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 tropical 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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