Switching medical specialty
This page provides advice, where to find support and useful links for those who are considering changing specialty.
If you are unhappy with your initial choice of specialty and are thinking of changing to another area, firstly consider the following:
- talk to your educational supervisor or NHS trust careers lead before you make any firm decisions. If you need impartial advice from someone outside of your trust, there may be an HEE local office/deanery careers adviser you can speak to
- in many cases you will have to apply again from the beginning and the training you have done already may not count towards the new specialty you have chosen
- there are some specialties with similar core training programmes to which it may be easier to switch, for example to psychiatry from GP training
- contact the royal college, college or faculty for your specialty, HEE local offices/deanery or the General Medical Council (GMC) for information on possible transfers
And don’t forget to check the person specification for your new chosen specialty. There are a few specialties within the physician specialties where the CMT or ACCS - Acute Medicine route is not the only way into ST3.
Click on the following links for additional useful information.
- details of the alternative routes into some specialties
- a real-life story from someone who switched specialties
- useful FAQs and real-life stories