Medical careers

 

The Royal College of Physicians has always been involved with helping doctors train and excel in their medical careers. In 2012 this is as true as ever, and the RCP is an excellent source of information and guidance during a career in medicine. Our medical careers pages provide resources, links and insight taking you from leaving school and considering a career in medicine, to the later stages as a senior doctor. It is a way to understand the work we do, what RCP membership can do for you, and how the various stages of a physician's career fit together.

School leavers

Planning a career in medicine starts here, with the right choice of A-levels and engagement in extra-curricular activities such as work experience and volunteer schemes.

School leavers

Core and specialty trainees

This stage allows doctors to determine their career path. Through extensive training in a particular specialty, doctors work towards a certificate of completion of training (CCT).

Core and specialty trainees

Retired doctors

Many retired doctors choose to remain in touch with the profession, either through voluntary clinical work or social activities.

Retired doctors

Medical students

The undergraduate degree provides the foundations for medical training, through UK universities and hospitals, and leads to provisional registration with the General Medical Council.

Medical students

Fully qualified doctors

With specialty training complete, a doctor can apply for a job as a surgeon, GP, hospital physician, psychiatrist, or a whole host of other senior doctor posts, depending on their training path.

Fully qualified doctors

Foundation doctors

The two-year foundation programme marks the first stage of employment, during which they are trained in clinical and non-clinical competencies across a range of specialties.

Foundation doctors

Consultant physicians

This is a senior post for a doctor who has completed training in a medical specialty. Physicians work mainly in hospitals, diagnosing conditions, and giving advice or prescribing treatment.

Consultant physicians