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Interview with our first two dually trained and accredited consultants in Genitourinary and General Internal Medicine (GUM/GIM)
  1. Sarah Anne Schoeman1,
  2. Khine Phyu2,
  3. Daniel Richardson3,4,
  4. Michael Ewens2
  1. 1 Genitourinary Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  2. 2 Genitourinary Medicine and General Internal Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  3. 3 Sexual Health & HIV Medicine, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton, UK
  4. 4 Sexual Health & HIV Medicine, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah Anne Schoeman, Genitourinary Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, LS1 3EX, UK; sarah.schoeman{at}nhs.net

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In this article, Dr Sarah Schoeman, co-chair of the Royal College of Physicians Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) Speciality Advisory Committee, interviews Dr Khine Phyu and Dr Michael (Mikey) Ewens to discuss their experience in becoming the first dually trained and accredited consultants in GUM/General Internal Medicine (GIM) in the UK.

Sarah: Why did you decide to pursue dual rather than single accreditation?

Khine: During the early stages of GUM training, I became aware of the clinical diversity of GUM, for example, the ageing HIV population with complex comorbidities and polypharmacy and the systemic involvement that characterises many sexually transmitted infections (STIs). I also realised the importance of multidisciplinary interactions. This motivated me to maintain my GIM skills and knowledge, and to pursue dual training.

Mikey: I recognised the significant benefits of having GUM-trained physicians on the acute/general medical wards. For example, being able to identify systemic presentations of STIs such as syphilis, sexually transmitted enteric infections and STI-related reactive arthritis. I also wanted to feel confident in providing comprehensive comorbidity management for patients with HIV.

Sarah: What proved to be the most challenging aspect of dual training?

Mikey: Maintaining a balance between attending to training needs …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Contributors DR suggested the interview. SAS wrote the interview questions. ME and KP wrote their responses to the interview questions. All authors were involved in reviewing and editing the article. SAS submitted the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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