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Individual Placement Description
Placement Geriatric Medicine, Western General Hospital
Programme S4,S5,S9,S13
Year F1
Region South-East
Hospital(s) Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Main Duties of Placement

FY1 is based on the Medicine of the Elderly (MoE) wards which look after a mixture of acute and rehabilitating patients. Some FY1s may rotate through the Acute Stroke Unit. FY1 is part of the clinical team providing assessment and management of elderly patients, and ‘all age’ stroke patients, admitted directly from the Medical Admissions Unit and other hospitals and departments. FY1 participates in regular Consultant ward rounds, daily board rounds and weekly multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs). Evening and weekend shifts are as part of an evening on-call team and are based within the MoE unit providing ward cover.

Typical Work Pattern

Basic day shift is 0900-1700. Out of Hours shifts include: Long weekdays 0845-2115; Evening shifts 1630-2115; Weekend shifts 0845-2115. All are full shift pattern.

Learning Opportunities

Regular Consultant ward rounds provide good ward-based teaching as do the weekly MDTMs. Comprehensive educational programme (see below). FY1 participates in audit/QI.


Hospital-based teaching includes weekly Grand Rounds and weekly FY1 teaching programme. Unit MOE teaching includes weekly radiology meeting, weekly multidisciplinary teaching and weekly junior doctor tutorial programme. The unit has a regular Morbidity and Mortality meeting and Quarterly Audit meeting which the FY1 attends. There are many teaching opportunities with a large number of medical students rotating through the department.

Unique Selling Points

Very regular interaction with Consultants, with an emphasis on supportive team working. Involvement in audit/QI programme. Robust and supportive handover system. Trainees feedback 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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