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The Genitourinary Medicine Taster: an introduction to GU and HIV medicine for UK trainees
  1. Sheel Patel1,
  2. Candice McDonald2,
  3. Richard K Lau3
  1. 1Jefferiss Wing, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Sexual Health, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Courtyard Clinic, St George's Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sheel Patel, Jefferiss Wing, St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, UK; sheelpatel{at}

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The Genitourinary (GU) Medicine Taster was established by Dr Richard Lau at St George's Hospital in London in 2009 following the introduction of Modernising Medical Careers in the UK and subsequent concerns that trainee doctors applying for specialist training may have limited experience of their chosen specialty. This 2-day educational programme aims to provide junior doctors with an insight into GU medicine before they apply for specialist training. Five GU Tasters have been organised to date—the first three at St George's, one in Birmingham, and one in conjunction with the London Deanery. The forthcoming GU Taster will be held in London from 31 October to 1 November 2012 and is organised by Dr Candice McDonald (GU Medicine Consultant, King's College Hospital) and Dr Sheel Patel (Locum Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV, Imperial College Healthcare Trust).

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  • Contributors SP, CM and RL co-wrote the article. Two trainees who had previously attended the GU Taster were asked to provide their feedback as doctors who had been on the Taster and subsequently successfully applied for a training number in GU medicine.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.