Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) is a specialty which embraces both primary and secondary care. It provides a service to individuals and to public health. Dealing with the detection, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections is immensely rewarding. It requires a non-judgemental approach, good communication skills and a fascination with the behaviour of humans and pathogens alike.
Comprehensive care for people with human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) infection, including inpatient and antenatal care, provides a complex and rapidly evolving area of medicine to challenge the most enquiring minds and maintain general medical skills. Broader sexual health needs such as psychosexual medicine, sexual assault services and contraception are also catered for.
Specialty training in Genitourinary Medicine in Wessex is a four-year programme with posts in Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton. Trainees will usually rotate between two sites. There are many opportunities to be involved with audit, research and education, as well as a clinical attachment to a London Centre to increase exposure to HIV inpatient management.
Hospitals on the GUM rotation include:
- The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth
- St Mary’s, Portsmouth
- Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton
For more detailed information about GUM at the various hospitals, please download the Programme Description (pdf).