General Internal Medicine (GIM)


Training in General Internal Medicine (GIM) offers dynamic and challenging acquisition of the skills and competencies that are needed to allow consultants to gain expertise in diagnostic reasoning, managing uncertainty, dealing with co-morbidities (complex medical problems involving multiple symptoms and conditions) and recognising when specialty opinion or care is required. 

Our progressive programmes has over 1000 trainees and offers training opportunities at prestigious teaching centres at leading hospitals throughout London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex.   All trainees following the GIM curriculum to CCT will be doing so in parallel with training in another medical specialty. 


Head of School 

Dr Andrew Deaner is the Head of the London School of Medicine and Medical Specialties. 

Dr Deaner is a consultant cardiologist at King George Hospital, Goodmayes and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He studied Medicine in Leeds and then trained in Yorkshire and London. His main clinical interests are general and interventional cardiology as well as maternal cardiology. Prior to being appointed head of school he was a deputy post graduate Dean in north central and east London. 


Deputy Head of School 

Dr Catherine Bryant is the Deputy Head for the School of Medicine. 

Dr Bryant graduated from Cambridge University and trained in geriatric and general internal medicine in London. She is a Consultant at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in geriatric and general medicine and is also the Trust Dementia Lead. Dr Bryant has been involved in postgraduate education and training in a variety of different roles for some years. She is an associate director of the PGMDE at King’s and has previously been Training Programme Director (TPD) for Core Medical Training in SE London. Dr Bryant was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Medicine in 2014. 



The vision for GIM is: 

  • World class education for world-class healthcare 

  • Excellence of postgraduate training and education 

  • Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow 


Training Programme 

Trainees may be recruited to GIM specialty training as part of dual specialty training programmes coupled with the following specialties: acute medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, renal, respiratory, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, infectious diseases and rheumatology. 


Specialty Training Committee (STC)  

GIM holds STC and School Board meetings three times a year with trainee representation. The purpose of these groups are to bring together the training programme directors and educator leads from each of the postgraduate training centres to consider issues of mutual interest in relation to GIM training, and to foster and share good practice. 


Find out more 

To find out more about training in GIM, please visit the Royal College of Physicians website at  


Contact us 

Please visit our contacts page where you will find contact information regarding all training matters ((ARCP, rotational placements, revalidation, out of programme applications, intra London programme transfers, inter deanery transfers, integrated academic training, less than full time training and travel expenses).