SpR Entry Requirements

So you want to be a Clinical Geneticist...

Clinical Geneticists deal with a broad range of disorders, which is reflected in the wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines from which trainees are recruited. Entry to higher medical training in Clinical Genetics is at SpR level. Preferably three years (minimum two) general professional training, ideally involving both adult and paediatric medicine, is desirable. However, entry from other specialties such as obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, general practice and psychiatry is welcomed. MRCP, MRCPCH, MRCGP or equivalent postgraduate qualification is mandatory.

Whilst some trainees enter the specialty having already completed an MD or PhD, many others take time out of their training programme to undertake a research degree.

Opportunities exist within the specialty for Flexible Training. Your local Deanery can provide information on the possibilities within your area.

After obtaining a CCT in Clinical Genetics, it is increasingly possible to sub-specialise in an aspect of Clinical Genetics, e.g. Cancer Genetics.

Full details of current entry requirements are available from the  JRCPTB. Due to the ongoing changes in postgraduate medical training, prospective applicants are advised to contact JRCPTB for the latest requirements.

Doctors who meet the entry requirements are able to compete for Specialist Registrar (SpR) posts, which are advertised in the medical press (usually in the BMJ). Those who successfully obtain a post must complete a training lasting at least 4 years (often longer, as many people take extra time for research), based on the  published curriculum for Clinical Genetics.

Those choosing Flexible Training will have their training programme individually calculated according to time spent within the specialty.

The progress of training is formally monitored in two ways, and recorded in a log book (also called the 'Grey Book'). Monitoring is conducted by:
    1. Informal appraisals, held twice a year with educational supervisor.
    2. Formal annual assessments (recorded in a RITA).

Upon successful completion of training, the JRCPTB will award a CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) which allows the doctor's name to be added to the Specialist Register, and for them to apply for consultant posts within their specialty.