Career Path for Doctors

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Medical degree (usually 5 years)

The undergraduate course, studied at university, provides students with some exposure to the different specialties within medicine. It involves basic medical sciences, core learning and practical clinical tasks.

Foundation Training (2 years)

All doctors take this stage to learn the basic clinical skills in medicine, surgery and general practice. Once graduates begin their foundation training, they are entitled to a salary from the NHS.  You will work in different medical specialities to gain experience and help decide what suits you.  After successfully completing the first year of this stage, medical school graduates are qualified for registration with the General Medical Council (GMC).

Core Medical Training (2 years)

During this time, doctors build on the skills gained during their foundation years, undertake continual workplace assessments and choose a speciality.

Specialty training or General Practice Training (between 3 and 6 years)

Doctors continue to study and specialise while they work towards the career path they eventually would like to follow.

Apply for career grade positions and continue professional development (CPD)

Either a consultant or a GP Principal. All doctors are expected to continually demonstrate that their skills are up to date and they are fit to practice medicine.



Adapted from: BMA How to Become a Doctor 2016
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