Genitourinary Medicine (GUM)


The Training Scheme in Genitourinary Medicine offers a comprehensive and structured training programme for Specialist Registrars seeking the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) is an exciting, cutting edge, evidence driven specialty that deals with the prevention and management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) including HIV and viral hepatitis. This is vital as there is currently an epidemic of STI and HIV in the UK, causing severe morbidity, driven by changing sexual practices. Core elements of the specialty include the management of STIs and HIV in young persons and adults, contraception, surveillance and reporting of STIs and HIV and prevention of transmission.

Training is based around both the experience gained from attachments and from a programme of training days. Each attachment provides experience in the core areas of GUM. Out of Programme (OOP) experience to other centres may be arranged on an individual basis to provide experience in specialist areas not fully covered within individual programmes.


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 of School for Genitourinary 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 the Specialty School of Genitourinary Medicine is:

•             World class education for world-class healthcare

•             Excellence of postgraduate training and education

•             Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow


Training programme

A PAN London STC manages appointments to the rotations and oversees quality of training. Once appointed trainees are allocated to a geographical London region (South London, North West and North Central and East London). Generally, they will remain in this region for the whole of their training and their supervision. When preferencing a sector / rotation, applicants should be prepared to train in all the trusts stated during the programme.

We provide training at world-renowned training institutions as well as a number of excellent district general hospitals. Working with a diverse healthcare population across London, trainees will treat a cross-range of patients and medical conditions in urban communities. London with its rich variety of cultures, nationalities and social backgrounds offers any trainee a full and rewarding experience in genitourinary medicine.

Specialists in GUM work closely with the Departments of Microbiological and Virological sciences and the specialties of Acute Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Rheumatology, Oral Medicine, Accident and Emergency, Public Health and Mental Health services. The work encompasses Psychosexual Medicine, the management of Sexual Assault, Colposcopy, the management of co-infection with Hepatitis A, B or C, co-infection with HIV and Tuberculosis, complex antiretroviral treatments and drug interactions, the understanding of antiretroviral drug resistance and HIV antenatal and family medicine. 

The Training programme lasts for 4 years and entry is via the Physician training route after gaining at least Part 2 Written MRCP. The first two years are spent accumulating experience in the management of STIs and their complications and HIV in outpatient and inpatient settings. By the end of the second year of training, trainees should pass the Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine examination. The final two years are spent consolidating clinical experience, special interests and skills, together with service development, management and leadership skills. Trainees will acquire relevant experience in Gynaecology, Dermatology, Laboratory Methodology, Public Health, Teaching, Sexual Assault Management and Child Protection as well as undertaking audit and research projects. OOPEs and projects involving work overseas are encouraged. There is no formal exit examination although the Diploma in HIV Medicine is highly desirable.


Specialty units/areas in London

Genitourinary Medicine is a vital specialty that evolves with the latest advances in medical technology. We provide training at world-renowned training institutions including, Royal London Hospital, Kings College Hospital, St George’s Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Guy's & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospital as well as a number of excellent district general hospitals.


Specialty Training Board Information

The London Specialty School of Genitourinary Medicine holds Specialty Training Board meetings three times per year. The purpose of this group is to bring together specialty leads from postgraduate medical training programmes across the three London local education and training board areas to consider issues of mutual interest in relation to Genitourinary Medicine training, and to foster and share good training practice on a pan London basis.


Useful Information and Links

GUM curriculum - click here

ePortfolio -  click here 

GUM specialty page on JRCPTB websiteclick here

PGMDE Trainee Support Portal - click here



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