Metabolic Medicine can be defined as a group of overlapping areas of clinical practice with common dependence on detailed understanding of basic biochemistry and metabolism. It therefore falls within the areas of expertise of both the physician and chemical pathologist. Other training programmes do not adequately meet all requirements, particularly with respect to nutritional disorders and adult patients with inborn errors of metabolism (IEM). The areas included are:
- Disorders of nutrition
- Disorders of lipid metabolism and CV risk assessment
- Disorders of calcium metabolism and bone Diabetes
The main objectives of the Metabolic Medicine curriculum is to provide a scientific and clinical training for several areas of medicine which require greater knowledge of:
- Biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology than most organ-based specialities
- To develop the clinical training of Chemical Pathologists who wish to practice, predominantly on an outpatient basis, in these areas of medicine
- To support the academic progress and development of Metabolic Medicine This curriculum is set to the standards required by the JCHMT or Royal College of Pathologists and GMC to ensure that trainees are fully prepared to lead a specialist clinical service in any of the five areas.
Further information on the specialty
For further information on the specialty and on the curriculum covered can be found on the JRCPTB site.