Entry requirements, skills and interests (paediatrics)

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.

Entry requirements

Before you train as a paediatrician you must complete a degree in medicine and have obtained a MBBS or equivalent qualification. Find out about getting into medical school.

You then need to complete a two-year foundation programme. After successfully completing your first year of foundation training you become eligible for registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC). Foundation training includes undertaking rotations in a range of specialties including paediatrics.

To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.

Read the person specification which gives the requirements for entry into ST1.

Entry to ST3 requires MRCPCH Foundation of Practice (FOP) and Theory and Science (TAS). Entry to ST4 requires full MRCPCH.

Skills and interests

Paediatricians need to have the following skills and interests:

  • be good communicators
  • enjoy working with children and their families
  • have good team working and an excellent sense of humour
  • have the potential to become a good diagnostician - infants and children often present with undifferentiated illness which they may not be able to describe
  • emotional resilience
  • patience and sensitivity when managing critical illness or disabilities in infants and children

What other specialties use a similar skill/competence set?

There is a crossover of skills and competencies with many different medical specialties.

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