The physican specialty recruitment office (PSRO) team based at Health Education England works closely with us to coordinate recruitment to UK medical specialty training programmes.

IMT recruitment

The specialty recruitment process includes recruitment to posts in the training programmes of:

  • Acute care common stem: acute medicine (ACCS-AM)
  • Internal medical training (IMT)

This includes all posts in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Recruitment to both programmes is combined in the single process, so candidates wishing to be considered for these programmes will complete the same application form and attend a single interview.

Recruitment to core medical training (CMT) has now ceased.

For further information visit the IMT Recruitment website.

ST3 recruitment

There are 24 specialties included in the coordinated recruitment process at ST3 level. The processes recruits to national training numbers (NTN) for these specialties in England, Scotland and Wales, and locum appointment for training (LAT) posts in Scotland and Wales; with Northern Ireland also participating in the specialties of clinical genetics, medical oncology and palliative medicine.

Many specialties include dual training with general internal medicine (GIM) in the majority of programmes. It is not usually possible to apply for GIM without dual certifying with another specialty. 

The curricula and training pathways for specialties are changing and recruitment will change accordingly from 2021. For further information please see the new internal medicine webpage.

For further information on the current recruitment process to higher medical training visit the ST3 Recrutiment website.

Useful links

Careers resources

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has developed an online Medical Careers Resource.

The Royal College of Physicians, London has careers resources tailored for core and specialty trainees.