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Working towards a CESR: Eligibility criteria

If you want to pursue this route, while you will not be required to meet the full criteria of the Occupational Medicine (OM) ST3 Person Specification, there will still be minimum requirements to be met for a successful application for CESR.   If you wish to enter OM and pursue this route, you will have to demonstrate sufficient time after qualification in suitable fields of medicine, as well as being fully registered with GMC and holding a licence to practise.

The OM ST3 Person Specification indicates that all applicants must have completed two years in the Foundation Programme and gained competencies in any of the following: Core Medical training, ACCS, Surgery, Psychiatry, Anaesthetics, Radiology, Paediatrics, General Practice or Public Health, all normally achieved after two years, or three in the case of General Practice.

For potential CESR applicants, experience in other clinical specialties (after successfully completing the two-year Foundation Programme) may also be considered suitable.  The requirement for two years’ core training and achievement of competencies would be similar to that for other specialties.  Applicants who have worked in the non-clinical specialties of Pathology would not be considered suitable unless they have also met any of the requirements above.

No postgraduate diplomas will be required at this stage.  If you have not obtained any prior to commencing OM, you will need to demonstrate the achievement of competencies in your core area of medical practice in an equivalent way.

FOM Support in working towards a CESR
If you intend to work towards obtaining a CESR in OM, please submit a CV or portfolio to the FOM training department with appropriate supporting documentary evidence.  This will then be considered by the FOM CESR group who will advise if you can be ‘approved’ to proceed.  In cases of doubt or appeal against the CESR group’s recommendation, your case can be referred to the FOM training committee for a decision.

Once you have approval to work towards a CESR, you should then register with (or affiliate to) FOM.