Training and development (rheumatology)

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.

The approved postgraduate training programme for rheumatology 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:

Programmes generally consist of four to six placements in medical specialties which must include direct involvement in the acute medical take. Trainees record their workplace based assessments (WPBAs) in an ePortfolio which they continue to use in specialty training.

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 higher specialty training in neurology at ST3 level. ST3 training takes a minimum of four years.

Some trainees choose to undertake training to achieve a dual CCT with General Internal Medicine (GIM). They will usually complete higher specialty training in five years (ST3-7).

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

View the ST3 person specification for rheumatology on the specialty training website.

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

These tips 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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