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Future-proofing training: plans for the next generation of GUM doctors
  1. Sangeetha Sundaram1,
  2. Katia Prime2,
  3. Margaret A Kingston3
  1. 1 Sexual Health, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton, UK
  2. 2 Department of Genitourinary Medicine, St Georges University Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3 The Northern Integrated Contraception, Sexual Health & HIV Service, Manchester Centre for Sexual Health, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sangeetha Sundaram, Sexual Health, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton SO14 0YG, UK; sangeetha.sundaram1{at}

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The Shape of Training review1 and the Future Hospital Commission2 identified the need for a reform of postgraduate medical training in the UK for doctors to adapt to changing population and service needs. The focus of postgraduate training needed to move from a ‘time-served’ approach to a competency-based one with doctors developing high-level learning outcomes, capabilities in practice (CiPs). The General Medical Council (GMC) also recommended that all revised curricula from 2020 should include generic professional capabilities (GPCs), including communication, leadership, multidisciplinary teamwork and patient safety, which are crucial to safe and effective patient care.

Genitourinary medicine (GUM), along with many other physicianly specialities, will adopt a dual training model from August 2022, leading to accreditation in both GUM and general internal medicine (GIM). The GUM curriculum will continue to offer training in the diagnosis, investigation and management of sexually transmitted infections and related conditions, contraception, HIV inpatient and outpatient care, management of …

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