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This page contains information on the specialty of geriatric medicine, one of the 18 specialties participating in RCP-SRO-coordinated ST3 recruitment.
Geriatric medicine (often referred to as 'care of the elderly') is the largest specialty in the UK in terms of consultant numbers.
With society's demographic change and more people living to an old age, the specialty continues to gain both importance and prominence.
Geriatric medicine - trainee characteristrics
It is important that any doctor considering geriatric medicine as a career should:
- have an interest in and aptitude for dealing with older people
- have a caring and empathic nature
- enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams
- be able to communicate easily with colleagues, other health professionals, patients and carers
- be enthusiastic and have leadership potential
- enjoy complex decision-making and prioritising medical problems
- have an interest in ethical issues.
Working/training in an ST3 geriatric medicine post
Geriatric Medicine is an extremely enjoyable and challenging field to work in, no two days are the same!
It offers the individual an opportunity to specialise not only in the care of older people, but also to sub-specialise and develop an interest in related problems such as stroke, falls, dementia, continence, and movement disorders.
Doctors can work in different clinical settings including acute care, rehabilitation wards and the community.
Although it is possible to train in geriatric medicine alone and obtain a single CCT, it is strongly recommended that trainees pursue 'dual training' in geriatric medicine and general (internal) medicine (GIM), which takes five years to complete (or pro-rata if training less-than-full-time).
Dual training ensures that specialists of the future have the necessary skills to deal with all the problems which may occur in old age.
If trainees wish to pursue specialist stroke medicine training as well, this requires an additional year of training (extending training to a total of six years).
- NHS medical careers
- JRCPTB specialty page
- RCP (London), My specialty
- 2010 curriculum (revised August 2012)
- 2013 person specification
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