In this section there is a page for each physician specialty, and a few others which accept trainees from a core medicine programme. The majority of these are coordinated nationally by the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office (PSRO), however, where this is not the case links have been provided to who is coordinating recruitment.

Group 1 and Group 2 specialties

Specialties accepting trainees from a core medicine programme have been divided into two groups:

  • Group 1 - these programmes require the full three years training in internal medicine training (IMT) or equivalent, and all programmes will dual specialise with general internal medicine.
  • Group 2 - programmes can be entered after two years of IMT or equivalent and do not involve training in general internal medicine. Many of these specialties also accept trainees from a non-physician pathway. 

It is indicated below by the reference to 'G1' or 'G2' which specialty is in which group.

PSRO-coordinated specialties

Stroke medicine

The PSRO coordinates the recruitment into sub-specialty training in stroke medicine. Details on the recruitment process for this training programme can be found at the following page:

Non-PSRO coordinated specialties

General internal medicine

Please note that in most cases you cannot apply directly to general internal medicine (GIM). Training in GIM is done in parallel with Group 1 specialties and it is necessary to apply for one of these if you wish to train in GIM. However, please see the general internal medicine and general internal medicine/stroke medicine pages for exceptions to this. 

Specialty pages

Each specialty contains a summary of the specialty and links to other resources. Those coordinated by the PSRO also contain the following:

  • Who do I contact  - most specialties are managed by a lead region, this page tells you who to contact for queries about your application.
  • Planing your application - information on any non-standard eligibility criteria and details of how the specialty organises their recruitment process.
  • Interview dates & posts - including a table with post numbers broken down by region as well as dates for both interviews and when evidence will be required to upload.
  • Interview & scoring - specific information about the interview format, questions areas, appointability criteria and how the total score used for ranking will be calculated.
  • Data - data from previous rounds including: application and post numbers, competition ratios, scoring data and fill rates. Data from the current round will be added here as it can be confirmed.

More information on specialties can be found on the NHS Medical Careers and JRCPTB websites; including curricula, assessment methods, details of training programmes, etc.