Genitourinary Medicine

About the specialty: 

Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) involves the investigation and management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. It is mostly outpatient based but does include inpatient care of HIV infection. It can also include more specialised services such as young people's clinics, genital dermatoses, sexual dysfunction and psychosexual medicine and outreach services for sex workers and drug users.

Essential requirements of a genitourinary physician are enjoying contact with patients, being able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and good communication skills. It is important to be non-judgemental and feel comfortable about discussing sensitive issues such as sex.

There is also a public health element to the specialty with the need to perform partner notification (contact tracing), and to collect and report surveillance data in order to detect changing trends of infections.

Entry into Genitourinary Medicine training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are two core training programmes for Genitourinary Medicine training:

  • Core Medical Training (CMT)
  • Acute Care Common Stem - Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM)
Latest news and developments: 

The curriculum has been reviewed and a new version was approved by the GMC in September 2016. The 2016 curriculum and ARCP decision aid will go live on 1 December to coincide with World Aids Day. Guidance on implementation of the new curriculum can be found in the forms and guidance section below.


A new curriculum for GUM will be implemented in 2022, subject to GMC approval. Please see the draft curriculum below.

Genitourinary Medicine DRAFT Curriculum

The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.

Please refer to the guidance on implementation of the 2016 curriculum in the forms and guidance section below.

PDF icon 2016 GUM Curriculum FINAL.pdf

PDF icon 2010 GUM (amendment 2012).pdf

Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

ARCP Decision Aids: 

The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. Trainees on the 2016 curriculum should use the 2016 ARCP decision aid. Please see the forms and guidance section for further information. 

PDF icon 2016 Genitourinary Medicine ARCP Decision Aid.pdf

PDF icon 2010 GUM ARCP decision aid (revised 2014).pdf

Forms and guidance: 

2017 National Trainee Survey reports

The following reports are based on the results of the 2017 National Trainee Survey. For copies of older reports email

PDF icon 2017 GUM NTS Generic Indicators.pdf

PDF icon 2017 NTS GUM Specialty Specific Questions.pdf

2016 Curriculum implementation guidance

The document below provides guidance on the implementation of the 2016 curriculum on 1 December 2016.

PDF icon Guidance on implementation of 2016 GUM curriculum.pdf