Choose paediatrics

Sometimes tough, but always rewarding - there's no job quite like paediatrics. Whether you're just thinking about a medical career or are ready to apply for specialty training, explore our top tips, blogs and videos and see how you can #ChoosePaediatrics
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Curious about paediatrics as a career? You can get some early experience of our specialty while at med school - join your local paediatric society, attend a careers event, consider your elective or speak with your friendly and local paediatrician. Plus our annual prize awards!
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If paediatric training is looking like your next step, we explain what to expect from a rotation or 'taster week', who to speak to and where to find resources to help make an informed decision in applying to paediatrics. Plus some tips to start preparing your application.
You can take your career in the direction that suits you - including academia, research and sub-specialty training, flexible working and other experiences. Our innovative, capability-based curriculum, Progress+ equips you with the skills needed as a consultant paediatrician.
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Our careers booklet plus more resources to promote paediatrics

Packed with information about your career in paediatrics - from how recruitment works to the varied options in the specialty. Plus ideas on taking advantage of your free RCPCH membership as a medical student or foundation student!

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Most doctors enter paediatric training at Specialty Training 1, or ST1 (National Round 1). ST3 posts may also be available in the national recruitment year (National Round 2). We explain how to prepare your application and interviews.
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You may like to check out our guide for those starting the ST1 year in paediatrics. We have a handy checklist for the first month and a jargon buster, plus info on ePortfolio, neonatal experience and more.
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Join us in promoting this wonderful specialty to medical students and foundation doctors! Download our posters and social media cards, and grab some tips to help you run an online careers event.

Blogs and news about paediatric careers and training

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Trainees taking the lead at our St David's Day Conference

Dr Matthew Spencer led a group of enthusiastic paediatric trainees to deliver the RCPCH Wales St David’s Day Conference last week in Cardiff. The RCPCH Wales team asked Matt (pictured) a few questions about his experience before and on the day and if he had any advice for next year's organiser.
In 2020 and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked some paediatricians about their experiences and what inspired them to #ChoosePaediatrics...
Three young people put some doctors to the test! Filmed in 2019, they grilled them about the most important qualities, who they work with and how they get through the tough times.
Also in 2019, eight paediatricians shared their motivations for choosing this specialty - from seeing variety to enjoying children's curiosity - and that while it's never easy it's often fun.
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See all #ChoosePaediatrics videos

Our online sessions for medical students, foundation doctors and paediatric trainees explore careers in paediatrics. We explain the recruitment process and training pathway, and trainees and consultants around the country tell us what it's really like. Plus delegates are invited to ask those tricky questions...

Our playlist on YouTube has the recordings of all our online sessions.