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:

  • Internal Medicine Training (IMT)
  • Acute Care Common Stem - Internal Medicine (ACCS-IM)
Latest news and developments: 

A new curriculum for dual training in GUM and Internal Medicine will be implemented in August 2022. Trainees entering GUM in August 2021 will transfer to the new curriculum unless it is not safe or practical for them to do so. Trainees who started training prior to August 2021 can remain on the current curriculum and will not be required to transfer but will be encouraged to transfer where possible. Please see our transition page for general information and the Curriculum section below for specialty specific guidance.


The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the capabilities 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.

A new curriculum for GUM and Internal Medicine has been approved by the GMC and will be implemented in August 2022. The curriculum and supporting syllabus are given below.

Genitourinary Medicine 2022 Curriculum

GUM Specialty Syllabus 2022

The following guidance has been produced by the GUM SAC to support the implementation of the new curriculum. 

Transition guidance 2022 GUM curriculum

Implementation of IM training in GUM

Q&As on the new curriculum, recruitment and workforce

The previous GUM curriculum is available below. Earlier versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

PDF icon 2016 GUM Curriculum FINAL

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. 

The decision aid below is a revised version for use during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please also see the JRCPTB guidance

PDF icon GUM ARCP decision aid for 2021

The standard ARCP decision aid is given below 

PDF icon 2016 Genitourinary Medicine ARCP Decision Aid

Forms and guidance: 

Guidance on transition and gap analysis

It is recommended that a gap analysis is carried out for doctors in training who will transfer to the new curricula and dual train with internal medicine from August 2022. Please see the guidance and form below. 

New group 1 specialties gap analysis guidance - updated February 2022

New group 1 specialties gap analysis form

Mapped GUM and GIM competencies to support GIM CESR applications

The SAC has prepared the following guidance to support trainees who wish to apply for specialist accreditation in General Internal Medicine (GIM) via the CESR route. The first document maps the GUM curriculum to the current GIM curriculum, the second is a mapping for the new Internal Medicine stage 2 curriculum. Further information is available on our CESR webpage

Mapped GUM and GIM curricula to support GIM CESR applications

PDF icon Mapped GUM and IM stage 2 curricula to support IMS2 CESR applications

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