Table 5

Entry requirements and training pathways within UK

Entry requirementsTraining pathway
Paediatric cardiologyLevel 1 paediatrics (3 years)
MRCPCH
5-year higher specialty training including subspecialty training in final 2 years
Adult medicine core training (2 years) and level 1 paediatrics (1 year)
MRCP (UK)
CardiologyAdult medicine core training (2–3 years)
MRCP(UK)
5-year higher specialty training including subspecialty training in final 2 years
Cardiothoracic surgeryCore surgical training (2 years)*
MRCS
6-year higher specialty training including congenital cardiac surgery subspecialty training in final 2 years
  • *Run-through training in cardiothoracic surgery is available as 7-year programme.

  • MRCPCH, Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health examination; MRCP(UK), Membership of the Royal College of Physicians UK examination; MRCS, Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons examination.