Specialty specific guidance for CESR in Chemical Pathology

The new Chemical Pathology curriculum was published in 2021. For a transition period, you can make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version.

This option is available until the transition deadline of 3 August 2022.

Specialty specific guidance

We’ve produced guidance documents for each version of the curriculum with the Royal College of Pathologists.

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

Our standards for postgraduate medical curricula are Excellence by design and the framework for Generic professional capabilities. These help postgraduate medical training programmes focus trainee assessment away from an exhaustive list of individual competencies, towards fewer broad capabilities needed to practise safely from your first day as a consultant.

The 2021 Chemical Pathology curriculum combines the 2010 Chemical Pathology and 2010 Metabolic Medicine curricula and will replace the current training framework Trainees will be expected to gain competencies in all five of the clinical domains in the 2010 Metabolic Medicine curriculum.

The 2021 Chemical Pathology curriculum supports a flexible approach to training with broad entry routes from post-Foundation core training programmes. Including 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 for further advice before you submit your application.