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Individual Placement Description
Placement Geriatric Medicine: Acute Stroke
Programme S3,S6
Year F2
Region South-East
Hospital(s) Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Main Duties of Placement

FY2 rotates between the Acute Stroke Unit and Acute Medicine of the Elderly Wards.

FY2 is part of the clinical team providing assessment and management of elderly patients, and 'all age' stroke patients, admitted directly from the Acute Receiving Unit.

FY2 participates in regular Consultant ward rounds, daily board rounds and weekly multidisciplinary team meetings. Evening and weekend shifts are based within Acute Receiving Unit where FY2 reviews 'all age' acute medical patients referred by 999 call or by GP.

Typical Work Pattern

Basic day shift is 0900-1700, evening shifts are 1700-2130, weekend shifts are 0900-2130 and night shifts are 2100-0900 (as part of the Hospital at Night Team). All are full shift pattern.

Learning Opportunities

Regular Consultant Ward rounds (4 per week) provide good ward-based teaching as do the weekly MDTMs.

FY2 is exposed to ongoing stroke trials & thrombolysis. FY2 presents a case at the weekly tutorial and participates in audit/SPSP. FY2 contributes to the medical student teaching programme.


Hospital-based teaching includes weekly grand rounds and weekly FY2 teaching programme. Unit MOE teaching includes weekly X-Ray meeting and weekly tutorial programme. Unit has
a quarterly Morbidity and Mortality meeting and Quarterly Audit meeting which FY2 attends.

Unique Selling Points

Very regular interaction with Consultants, with an emphasis on supportive team working. Involvement in audit/SPSP programme. Trainees feed back that they feel well supported and value the teaching provided.

Employer Information
It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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