Education and training

Geriatric medicine is a recognised medical specialty with an established, quality-assured curriculum and expert skillset. Consultant geriatricians are on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for the specialty. The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) has issued a position statement on routes to the specialist register.

Training in geriatric medicine

All doctors completing higher specialist training in geriatric medicine undertake a 5-year programme, which also gives them a certificate of completion of training (CCT) in general internal medicine (GIM). Some doctors also undertake a sixth year to obtain a CCT in stroke medicine. The geriatric medicine curriculum is available from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board. A specialty specific management and leadership course is provided annually for doctors approaching completion of their training. 

To undertake higher training in the specialty a candidate must have completed foundation and core medical training (or equivalence), obtained MRCP and be successful at interview. 

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has produced a cost of training document setting out the mandatory costs of training involved in college enrolment fees, examination costs and GMC fees. Published in October 2017, it has been compiled to help pre-specialty doctors make fully informed career selections, with a clear understanding of the mandatory costs of their future training pathway. 

Continuing professional development

There is extensive provision of CPD in general geriatric medicine and its subspecialty areas. The British Geriatrics Society holds a number of national and local conferences and educational meetings annually to promote high-quality patient care and research.