Medicine is a field of study which combines science and clinical learning, in which scientific knowledge and concepts can be applied to clinical practice. Doctors’ deliver care to the highest standards alongside a multi-disciplinary team including other clinical and non-clinical professionals. A degree in medicine is varied and suited to those who are intellectually curious, as well as those who possess empathy and compassion.
Areas within medicine
With over 60 specialties’ here are some examples of the career areas within medicine in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:
Care of the Elderly
Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery
Types of roles available:
- +Emergency Medicine
Doctors in emergency medicine carry out the immediate assessment and treatment of patients with serious and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. They work mainly in accident and emergency departments of hospitals but can work in other settings such as minor injuries units, at major events or regional trauma networks.
Speciality training (after completing the two-year foundation programme) to become an emergency doctor takes a minimum of six years.
- +General Practitioners (GPs)
General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment.
GPs work as part of a wider team that promotes, prevents and offers treatment. They care for people with chronic illness and long-term conditions, aiming to keep them well in their own homes.
Speciality training (after completing the two-year foundation programme) to become a GP takes a minimum of three years.
Paediatricians help manage medical conditions affecting infants, children and young people. They work with a range of patients, from babies through to teenagers. Their responsibilities can include caring for acute cases on wards and in accident and emergency departments, as well as outpatient consultations and managing long-term conditions. They work closely with patients’ families and carers.
Speciality training (after completing the two-year foundation programme) to become a paediatrician takes a minimum of eight years.
- +General Surgeon
General surgeons perform a wide range of surgery, often in emergency situations, and make up 25% of all consultant surgeons.
They work in one of the largest surgical specialities and are expected to perform a wide range of surgeries which can include:
- kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation
- trauma to the abdomen
- certain skin conditions
- childhood conditions
Planned surgery is an important part of the work but they also play an important role within emergency departments. Acute abdominal pain is the most common emergency requiring surgery and they regularly operate for conditions such as appendicitis, hernias and gallstones.
Speciality training (after completing the two-year foundation programme) to become a general surgeon takes a minimum of eight years.
Typical Entry Requirements
Training to become a doctor starts with medical school to complete a degree in medicine which is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). Medical school can last between four and seven years depending on the route taken and qualifications already held. After graduating, training continues with the following:
- 2 -year foundation course of general training
- 3 to 8 years of specialist training, depending on the chosen area of medicine
- A 4-year graduate entry programme into medicine is an option for those who already have a degree in a science subject (minimum upper second).
Each medical school will have different entry requirements, so it is important to check with universities directly as to their own requirements.
Where you could work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:
- +Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC)
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- +Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT)
- +Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS)
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- +Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH)
- +General Practice (GP)
- +North West Anglia Foundation Trust (NWAFT)
- +Royal Papworth Hospital (RPH)
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