Access our new resource to learn about the range of opportunities.
The RCPE believes that careers in the medical specialties can be very rewarding professionally and is keen to encourage more doctors to make their careers in medicine. However, we recognise it can be difficult to gain an accurate understanding of the medical specialties and how they compare before committing to a specialty. We also appreciate that it can be difficult to change specialty once you have committed to it. Our Trainees & Members’ Committee has, therefore, developed a new open-access online medical careers resource which is aimed at medical students and trainees and designed to support and inform decision-making about your future career.
Within the medical careers resource we aim to provide an objective overview of the 32 medical specialties and sub-specialties recognised by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians’ Training Board. This contains personal perspectives of each specialty written by senior trainees or recently appointed consultants who have trained in that specialty. The specialty profiles contain information on –
- the training programme content and duration;
- exam (entry) requirements;
- mandatory training requirements;
- opportunities for out of programme research;
- a typical day in the life of a specialty trainee or consultant;
- pros and cons of working in the specialty;
- how this specialty differs from others;
- tips for success in applying for the specialty; and
- external quality-assured sources of further information.
In addition, the careers resource contains profiles of the SAS grade for doctors interested in an alternative career path to specialty training.
This resource is currently in development; to date we have published profiles for 22 specialties and we will be adding profiles for the remaining specialties in coming weeks. We will also be adding profiles comparing Core Medical Training to the Acute Care Common Stem; profiles on less than full time training and academic foundation options; and Top Tips for FY1 and CV building.
Visit our medical careers resource.