Education and training

Cardiology continues to be one of the most popular medical specialties. Very few training posts are left unfilled. There is a balance maintained between numbers of new certificates of completion of training issued each year (approximately 100) and new consultant posts (approximately 90).

Cardiology academic advisory committees achieve some of the highest appointment rates of the medical specialties. 

The training of cardiologists in the UK is regulated by the Specialty Advisory Committee for Cardiology within the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board. The committee is a collaboration between training and education experts with the colleges and the British Cardiovascular Society. The curriculum is regularly reviewed (opens BCS working party report, 2011 PDF, 1.7MB) to ensure it matches contemporary practice and utilises modern learning methods including the use of simulation. Training programmes are monitored to ensure they provide appropriate learning environments.

General and ongoing education and CPD are provided extensively in cardiology. The British Cardiovascular Society holds a number of educational meetings annually and provides web-based resources. The European Society of Cardiology has a wealth of educational material available through its website and education platform, as well as holding an annual conference and other meetings. Education is also significantly supported through industry grants including product support.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has produced a cost of training document setting out the mandatory costs of training involved in college enrolment fees, examination costs and GMC fees. Published in October 2017, it has been compiled to help pre-specialty doctors make fully informed career selections, with a clear understanding of the mandatory costs of their future training pathway.