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Individual Placement Description
Placement General (Internal) Medicine
Programme W25,W29
Year F1
Region West
Hospital(s) University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie
Main Duties of Placement

Based on a busy respiratory ward (Ward 17) with 3 Consultants carrying out ward rounds approximately 3 times a week. Opportunities to present patients and construct your own management plans.

Ward 19 is also a busy ward dealing with gastroenterology.

Infectious Diseases (Ward 2) involves an array of general medical conditions as well as specialised conditions: TB, syphilis, heart failure, cellulitis, gastroenteritis etc.

In general, on each ward you organise the prescription of fluids, antibiotics and carry out cannulation, venepuncture etc.

Care of the Elderly (COTE) encompasses a broad spectrum of medical conditions. One week you attend the post-take receiving ward then you work with the COTE team on their post-take ward round. The final week in ERU is an excellent opportunity to clerk-in patients and present them to Consultants.

Typical Work Pattern

Days are usually 9 to 5 depending on on-call shifts.

Weekends are either 9 to 9 both days or 9 to 1.

The hours during the 3 week ERU rotation (based on medical receiving ward round, COTE or clerking in patients) vary each week.

Learning Opportunities

Ward-based teaching.

Daily MDT meetings.


FY1 teaching occurs each Thursday.

Lunch time meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

COTE hold their own weekly lunchtime meetings.

Unique Selling Points

Able to carry out procedures such as pleural taps, ascitic taps, lumbar punctures. A great place for perfecting lumbar punctures.

Consultants are keen for you to be involved in patient care & encourage independent thinking about management plans. You are encouraged to speak with families which makes this placement great for perfecting your communication skills

Holidays are delegated in 2 week blocks. The rota for bank holidays is made up between the FY1s.

Having a junior doctors' room is a great bonus. The library is accessible at all times with free printing facilities.

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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