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Medical school is the perfect time to start thinking about your future and where you might wish to focus.

Clinical oncology  

Clinical oncology specialises in the treatment of cancer with systemic therapies (including chemotherapy, targeted agents, immunotherapy) and radiotherapy. It involves working closely within a multidisciplinary team, which can include specialist nurses, radiographers, physicists, dieticians, and speech and language therapists.   

Clinical radiology  

If you are after a specialty that is challenging, satisfying and innovative, this could be the path for you.  Radiologists tend to be problem-solvers with broad clinical knowledge and a keen eye for detail. They also have good communication skills; necessary because they are often the ‘go-to person’ for other clinicians. 

Medical school checklist
Consider taking an intercalated BSc to learn research and laboratory skills for clinical oncology.
Keep an eye on our dedicated awards and prizes pages for oncology and radiology, you might be eligible for one of the multiple bursaries or rewards.
Carefully select your special study modules - seek out a module to get as much experience as you can.
Develop your portfolio to demonstrate a commitment to your specialty.
Foster links with local radiology departments (e.g. sit in on reporting, attend relevant MDT meetings).
Speak to clinical professionals and browse our selection below of first-hand accounts from medical students, trainees and consultants.
Contact local clinical trainees for first-hand advice.
Attend regional and national careers events.
Found your own society!

What is it really like working in our specialties?

Personal accounts from clinical oncology and clinical radiology students, trainees and consultants. 

What is it really like working in our specialties?

Career development

Our expert advice will guide you through all stages of your career, from choosing the right specialty, to offering support through professional networks.

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