Entry requirements, skills and interests (chemical pathology)

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 chemical pathologist 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 and then two or three years of core training. 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. 

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

Skills and interests

 Chemical pathologists need:

  • the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with patients and staff from a wide range of backgrounds
  • the ability to influence others and to prioritise effectively
  • a strong interest in biochemical processes and how these affect disease
  • good practical skills
  • self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • excellent leadership ability and organisational skills to manage the laboratory
  • good problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • the ability to work well within multidisciplinary teams
  • scientific curiosity and an analytical enquiring mind
  • precise attention to detail

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.

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