In recent years an increasing number of doctors have chosen to become SAS doctors rather than enter higher speciality training and this trend is set to continue as the demographic of the medical workforce changes and greater flexibility in working hours is sought.

SAS doctors have distinct training and educational needs from those of trainees and consultants. They are a diverse group with individual and often highly specialised skills. We believe it is vital that SAS doctors are better supported and that the SAS role must become a more attractive career option if we do not wish to risk losing highly skilled doctors from hospital medicine.

Evening Meetings

Please visit our Events Calendar for information on future RCPE SAS events.

Portfolio Pathway

To learn more about the Portfolio Pathway (formerly CESR), visit our Portfolio Pathway page.

Podcast - SAS Doctors

Published 11 October 2021.

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Dr George Thomas (T&MC) interviews Dr Mike Wilkinson about the role of SAS doctors, how and why doctors might consider this type of role, and the route to the specialist register via CESR (this is now called Portfolio Pathway - always refer to the latest guidance).

Dr Wilkinson is an Associate Specialist in Geriatrics and SAS Tutor for Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. HEE NE & North Cumbria Associate Dean for SAS Doctors & Dentists, and SAS Representative for RCPE Trainees & Members’ Committee.

We have a dedicated podcast website for all of RCPE's podcasts, including Clinical ConversationsCareer Conversations, Consultant Conversations, and Casenotes.

Join us

SAS doctors are also encouraged to join the College to benefit from a wide range of professional support.  Starting from as little as £5 per month (equivalent), and with membership categories for doctors with and without MRCP(UK), you can access online education through the UK Physicians CPD scheme (value £165 per year), support for revalidation, discounted attendance at College events and other membership benefits. 

We want to represent you and support your needs. Please let us know what the College can do for you. If you are interested in becoming involved on the sub-committee, we would be delighted to hear from you.