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)

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. 

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

2020 Genitourinary Medicine ARCP Decision Aid

The decision aid below is for trainees on the 2016 curriculum

PDF icon 2016 Genitourinary Medicine ARCP Decision Aid.pdf

Forms and guidance: 

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

PDF icon Mapped GUM and GIM competencies to support GIM 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

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