Our specialties

There are 30 different physician specialties. These range in size and scope from geriatric medicine (providing holistic care for older patients) through to nuclear medicine (using radioactive materials to aid diagnosis and treatment of disease).

Almost all physicians belong to one of the 30 specialties. Physicians are doctors who provide specialist medical care to adults. They diagnose and treat millions of patients every year with a huge variety of medical conditions, ranging from one-off illnesses to lifelong conditions.

How does the RCP work with specialties?

The RCP provides an opportunity for specialties to come together and speak with a united voice on issues that affect the entire profession.

We also work closely with individual specialties and specialty associations through our Joint Specialty Committees, our Medical Specialties Board and through regular meetings with specialty representatives.

The RCP relies on support from our specialties for many of our major projects, such as Medical care, which is a guide to delivering services in physician specialties and is written by authors who are nominated by specialties.