Key points

  • There is wide variation in the duration and content of respiratory medical training in Europe.

  • The free movement of labour within the European Union has created a need for internationally recognised standards of competence in medical specialties.

  • The HERMES methodology has been set up to enable the creation and implementation of a full set of educational standards, from syllabus to individual assessment and accreditation of training centres.

  • HERMES projects are now under way in seven areas of respiratory medicine.

See the entire Specialist clinical training (HERMES) chapter