5 Popular Medical Specialties for Post-Grad UK Doctors

3 May 2021 Anne Marie Fogarty

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If there is one thing we have learned from the abomination of a year that was 2020, it’s that we should never take our doctors and all our healthcare workers for granted.


Training to become a doctor takes years of study, not to mention a whole bunch of dedication and hard work mixed in with blood, sweat, and tears for good measure. If you are thinking of training to become a doctor, deciding which medical specialty to get into can be challenging, which we will be looking at today. The General Medical Council and the NHS provide excellent information for doctors on their career journey.


What is the future of healthcare here in the UK? Well, technology and digital advances will certainly play a large part but the human touch of the medical field will remain, so what are post-grad doctors likely to specialise in? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Here are five popular medical specialties for post-grad UK doctors.

If surgery is more your thing, take a look here to discover the in-demand surgery specialties.


Compared with other areas of expertise in the medical field, dermatology perhaps is not viewed as quite as serious as other specialties, but don’t let that fool you because there is always room for more dermatologists in the medical field. Dermatologists specialise in disorders of the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes.

Dermatologists can and do save lives; bear in mind that skin cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer, is nearly always diagnosed by a dermatologist. If diagnosed early enough, it also happens to be one of the most treatable.

Dermatologists perform skin biopsies, surgical procedures on the skin; they can diagnose inflammatory skin conditions, they can recommend treatments, supplements, and lifestyle changes for optimal skin health, and much more besides.


Lately, more and more post-grad doctors are showing a keen interest in neurology, and for a good reason. Neurology is a specialty that focuses on the nerves and the central nervous system within the human body. Neurologists can diagnose and treat conditions pertaining to the brain, peripheral nerves, the spinal column, blood vessels, autonomic nervous system, and more.

A large portion of neurology is consultive. Neurologists can work with patients suffering from degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and those recovering from strokes, those with spinal cord disorders, seizure disorders, Multiple Sclerosis,  brain trauma, and more. From diagnosis to treatment and everything in between, neurology is a remarkable specialty to get involved in.


Did you know that more people lose their lives due to heart disease each year than any other condition? Because of this, the need for qualified and efficient cardiologists has never been greater. Cardiology is a specialty in the medical field, which focuses on the study and treatment of disorders of the heart and the cardiovascular system.

A cardiologist is not a cardiac surgeon as they do not perform surgery on the heart, blood vessels, or any other part of the cardiovascular system. Cardiologists instead focus on diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular system.

Cardiologists will perform tests as well as some procedures, including the fitting of a pacemaker and angioplasty. Cardiologists specialise in cardiovascular issues, i.e., those affecting the heart and blood vessels that make up the cardiovascular system.


Pathology is a specialty in the medical field that focuses on the causes and the nature of various diseases.

Pathologists study diseases through microscopes and clinical laboratory tests in order to diagnose, monitor, and ultimately treat diseases. A pathologist will examine cells, tissues, and bodily fluids before applying various sciences to determine more about the disease in question. For example, a pathologist may determine whether an organ transplant is required.

There are several unique sub-categories of pathology to get involved in post-grad, with each one proving to be just as important and beneficial as the last.


Finally, we have paediatrics.

Paediatricians specialise in issues pertaining to infants into adolescence. They work to prevent, diagnose, and treat a whole variety of childhood illnesses and diseases in various ways. As well as dealing with common childhood diseases such as asthma, croup, and allergies, paediatrics also offer diagnosis and treatments for less common and perhaps more serious ailments, including childhood heart diseases.

Whatever career path you may choose, you’ll be sure to find opportunities in all specialties across the UK. As with all career choices having a genuine interest and curiosity about the field is a must. The British Medical Association has an abundance of information and resources for young post-grad doctors.

Visit us at ProMedical where we will take you through the many open positions in various specialties right now.

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