Specialty specific guidance for CESR in Chemical Pathology

The new curriculum for Chemical Pathology has now been published. Due to the significant changes that have been made to the curriculum we will be offering applicants the opportunity to make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version of the curriculum.  This option of dual running of curricula will be available until 12 months after the point of implementation for CCT training, which will be August 2021.

Specialty Specific Guidance

The Royal College of Pathologists and GMC have produced guidance documents for each version of the curriculum.

How to apply

You can apply through your GMC online account. There is one application form which includes sections for both versions of the curricula. You should declare which curriculum version you wish to be assessed against in sequence one and only provide evidence in the sections of the application relevant to your curriculum.

2021 Curriculum

The GMC designed its new standards for postgraduate medical curricula Excellence by Design and its framework for Generic Professional Capabilities, published in May 2017, to help postgraduate medical training programmes re-focus trainee assessment away from an exhaustive list of individual competencies, towards fewer broad capabilities required to practice safely as a day-one consultant.

The 2021 Chemical Pathology curriculum integrates the 2010 Chemical Pathology and 2010 Metabolic Medicine curricula. Trainees will be expected to gain competencies in all five of the clinical domains described in the current 2010 Metabolic Medicine curriculum. This integrated curriculum will replace the current specialty and sub-specialty training framework.

The 2021 Chemical Pathology curriculum supports a flexible approach to training with broad entry routes from post-Foundation core training programmes, with clinical experience to closely mirror the range of clinical specialties supported by Chemical Pathologists and Chemical Pathology services:

  • 2 years of Stage 1 Internal Medicine plus MRCP(UK)
  • Core paediatric training plus MRCPCH
  • Core GP training plus MRCGP
  • Broad Based Training plus completion of core training in one of the above specialties and the relevant postgraduate diploma.
  • Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) plus FRCA part 1 or MRCP(UK)
  • Core anaesthetic training plus FRCA part 1

If you want to submit your CESR application against the 2021 curriculum before 2 August 2021, it is recommended that you contact the Training Department at training@rcpath.org for further advice before you submit your application.