Specialty specific guidance for Chemical Pathology

The new Chemical Pathology curriculum was published in 2021. For a period of 12 months, applicants could make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version. This option is no longer available in GMC Online.

Any new CESR applications opened will be assessed against the new curriculum.

Specialty specific guidance

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

Previous edition:

How to apply

You can apply through your GMC Online account.

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

It is recommended that you contact the RCPath Training Department for further advice before you submit your application.