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Rheumatology incorporates the investigation, diagnosis and management and rehabilitation of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Training in Rheumatology provides an excellent opportunity to practise clinical medicine, with principles of acute and chronic disease management at its core. There are ample opportunities to develop a sub-specialty interest at the same time as pursuing academic interests.

For further details on training in Rheumatology and the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Specialty Training Curriculum for Rheumatology, please go to:

Membership of the SSR has a number of benefits for doctors in training, including reduced fees for attending conferences. Please see the membership page for more information and nomination forms here.

Specialty Certificate Examination in Rheumatology

Next date 26 June 2019. Registration period 6 March - 29 May 2019.

Rheumatology HST training days

All of the below dates are held at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, unless otherwise specified. 80% attendance is required for successful ARCP (including the trainee session at the SSR Autumn meeting).

Thursday 6th June 2019 (Steele Lecture Theatre, Perth Royal Infirmary)
Tuesday 10th September 2019
Tuesday 10th December 2019

Rheumatology Training Programme Directors

National TPD: Dr Suzy Silburn (

West region: Dr Sandeep Bawa (
East region: Dr Suzy Silburn (
North region: Dr Hazem Youssef (
South East region: Dr Philip Riches (

Trainee Representatives

There are two trainee representatives on SSR Council; these are elected positions. The current trainee representatives are:

Dr Kay Graham (West) 2018-2021
Dr Arrianne Laws (West) 2017-2020

SSR Council meets twice a year, and your representatives will be in touch with all Scottish trainee members before each meeting to see if there are any issues that you would like to have raised. If there are any issues you wish to raise before this, please contact the society via the Contact Us page.


There is also a Twitter account @scotrheum which is maintained by one of the Rheumatology registrars to provide information on Scottish Rheumatology HST Training Days, courses and other events and things which may be of interest to Rheumatologists in training and beyond.