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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 24 June 2020. Registration period 4 March - 27 May 2020.

Rheumatology HST training days

80% attendance is required for successful ARCP (including the trainee session at the SSR Autumn meeting).

Tuesday 10th December 2019 (Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert)

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 (Murray Royal Hospital, Perth)
Wednesday 5th March 2020 (SpA day in Stirling)
Wednesday 17th June 2020 (Murray Royal Hospital, Perth)
Thursday 20th August 2020 (SpA day in Stirling)
Tuesday 29th  September 2020 (Murray Royal Hospital, Perth)
Wednesday 16th December 2020 (Murray Royal Hospital, Perth)

Rheumatology Training Programme Directors

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 Saira Batool (West) 2019-2022
Dr Kay Graham (West) 2018-2021

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.