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Individual Placement Description
Placement Medical Microbiology
Programme W7
Year F2
Region West
Hospital(s) Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Main Duties of Placement

Microbiology phone advice, interpreting microbiology lab results, informing ward staff of positive cultures. Responsible for the same work as a microbiology registrar but under close supervision.

Typical Work Pattern

9-5 Monday to Friday, periods of on-calls which varied between 12-hour day shifts and 12 hour nightshifts mostly based in the receiving department. Due to splitting of the on-call rota, ~70% of time was spend in microbiology and 30% on-call.

Learning Opportunities

Encouraged to learn about bacteria and antibiotics from books, lots of opportunities to discuss cases with senior staff members.


Opportunity to present cases and audits, one chance to teach medical students.

Unique Selling Points

An amazing opportunity to get a chance for in depth study of how a microbiology department works, and how microbiologists decide on which treatments to recommend.

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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