Training and development (paediatrics)

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.

Length of training

Undergraduate study at medical school varies from 5 - 6 years, depending on whether an intercalated degree is taken or not. The Graduate Entry Programme into medicine is generally 4 years in length. Find out more about medical school.

After medical school doctors undertake a two-year foundation programme. Find out more about the foundation programme.

Training after the foundation years begins at ST1. It will usually be completed within eight years of full-time training

The training pathway

The training pathway consists of three levels. All trainees follow levels one and two of the general paediatric curriculum. At level three they decide whether to continue in general paediatrics or to apply to complete their training in a chosen sub-specialty.

Those wishing to enter subspecialty training may apply in competition for National Grid training in one of the 17 paediatric subspecialties, with entry at ST6 or 7 depending on the specialty curriculum.

StRs who are training in general paediatrics will be matched to year ST 6-8 posts by their local training programme directors (TPDs) in accordance with local availability of training opportunities, trainee requirements and preferences. GMC has information on the postgraduate training curriculum for paediatrics.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in paediatrics as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

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