Internal Medicine Training Overview


Current vacancy information


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Why choose Internal Medicine Training Stage 1?

Internal Medicine training (stage 1) provides an excellent springboard into higher medical training.  Our programme provides the opportunity to experience higher specialties either as a rotation or as a taster before committing to a specialty.


At present there are around 85 IM posts per year in Health Education England, North East (HEE NE). In the recent GMC National Training Survey, the North East was ranked 1st nationally in 17 of 18 indicators. The North East and North Cumbria has also been number one for overall satisfaction for six out of the past seven years. Areas where the region ranked number one include clinical and educational supervision and providing a supportive environment.


The IMT stage 1 programme in HEE NE will provide excellent general training in medicine. The appointees to this training scheme will be expected to obtain full MRCP during IM stage 1 training in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome at ARCP in IM3 year. All trainees expecting to enter a group 1 specialty combined with IM training stage 2 will need to complete IM years 1- 3. Those entering a group 2 specialty have the option of exiting IM training after IM year 2.


As a trainee what can I expect from my training programme?

You will have six to eight placements over a timespan of two or three years; however, some individuals may have more or less than this amount. The first 2 years will be in 2 separate trusts and consist of 4 or 6-month rotations.  All trainees will complete a geriatrics post and have experience of acute unselected medical take which is likely to involve periods on an on-call rota as well as an intensive block in the admissions unit/medical receiving ward. All trainees will have dedicated time to gain critical care experience, usually a 3-month ICM block during IM2.

Other specialties available include:

Cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology, acute medicine, haematology, oncology, renal medicine, rheumatology, dermatology, neurology, infectious diseases, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, endocrinology and diabetes, palliative care and stroke medicine.


In IMT year 3 trainees will gain experience in acute medicine and other medical specialties. IMT year 3 posts may be in any of the hospitals that host IM year 1 or 2 trainees and possible specialties include geriatrics, acute medicine, cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology, haematology, oncology, renal medicine, rheumatology, dermatology, neurology, infectious diseases, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, endocrinology and diabetes and stroke medicine. IMT year 3 posts will be allocated in accordance with national guidelines and are subject to change.


Progression to the next year of training will always be dependent on a successful ARCP outcome. All IM trainees will be offered an interim review to review their progress prior to ARCP as well as ongoing high-quality educational supervision. HEE NE has an extensive programme of courses and educational support programmes. There are robust local and regional teaching programmes, that are consistently rated highly in the National Training Survey. All IM year 1 trainees will have the opportunity to attend simulated procedural training and there is further human factors and simulation training in IM year 2 or 3. We run a local Part 1 course and Mock PACES course for each Membership diet and were rated highest nationally for MRCP planning with supervisors in the 2019 National Trainee Survey CMT Quality Criteria.

In Newcastle we have a regional office of the Royal College of Physicians London, which hosts a wide variety of conferences and other college events. We participate in telemedicine evening medical update conferences with the RCP Edinburgh.


What our trainees say:

“I came here for university and never left, so if that isn't a glowing endorsement of Newcastle, its university and the north east, I don't know what is!”


“On a note on the CMT programme, I think the teaching programme is excellent.  It is informative, relevant and taught by people who are enthusiastic and engaging.  It is some of the best postgraduate teaching I have ever had.”


“Coming from a large tertiary hospital I was not sure of what to expect of a DGH. I am now CT1 in geriatrics and I have enjoyed every aspect of it. The consultants are all very approachable and that makes my job easier! There are also more procedural opportunities in a DGH which greatly enhances the portfolio.”


“I love that no matter how hard the job gets sometimes, all I have to do is go and spend some time speaking to my patients to remember why I do what I do, and why it was definitely the best career choice.”


“The staff and patients are so friendly here. Consultants and registrars will go out of their way to help you get onto the training programme you want to, helping with references, audits and giving research recommendations.”


“When I was sitting PACES, I was working in one of the district general hospitals. Consultants and registrars gave up their own free time after work and at lunchtimes to go through bedside teaching and examinations to give me the best chance at passing. I felt like they really supported and guided me through it and they were as happy as I was when I passed. That hospital was like a little family and everyone who works there seems to love it.”

Information for Current Trainees

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Potential Applicant

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