Applying for Renal Medicine Specialty Training
Renal medicine is a diverse and exciting specialty that challenges trainees to look after a wide variety of patients and involves both critical thinking and practical skills. Yorkshire and Humber is an amazing place to live, full of vibrant cities and towns, with plentiful countryside within easy reach. It is rich in history and is a great location with convenient transport links.
You can find information on Specialty Renal Training application on the Physician recruitment website, including information on:
- Interview dates and scoring structure
- Data on assessment scores from previous years
- Dual training in medicine or intensive care
Here are some suggestions that would enhance your renal application:
1. Look at the person specification for Renal medicine
2. A rotation on nephrology during foundation or IMT would be useful for you to understand whether renal medicine is the specialty for you. Alternatively, booking a taster day or week can also provide you with exposure to nephrology.
3. The following contacts may be able to help you arrange taster days:
4. Central venous access
You can gain some experience with line insertions during your time in IMT. You can also sign onto a line insertion course on Maxcourse if you are in Yorkshire.
5. Renal courses
There are lots of opportunities to learn about nephrology- see our courses page (please note, some courses may be more appropriate further into renal training).
6. Reflections and assessments
Nephrology based e-portfolio reflections and assessments on interesting renal cases you have come across can be included in your application portfolio.
7. Renal specific projects
Contact your local renal unit and get involved in projects in the department. E.g. audits, quality improvement projects, and teaching.
This is often a section that is lacking in a lot of candidate applications. If you have not been involved in any research previously, you can complete the NIHR Good Clinical Practice Course that can give you a better understanding of your potential role in a research project.
Remember: Everything you do including non-renal projects, teaching and presentations all have transferrable skills such as organisation, communication, and leadership that you can use to sell yourself in the application and interview.