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Speciality: Clinical Radiology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: EOS/453

On completion of Clinical Radiology training in Tayside the trainee will be able to provide a complete consultant service with a full understanding of the clinical problem presented and a personal recommendation of the imaging management, conscious at all times of the needs and well-being of the patient. They will also gain a comprehensive understanding and experience of the wider issues of modern clinical practice (managerial, audit, research, teaching, consultative skills and self directed learning skills). This training scheme follows the new curriculum as set out by the Royal College of Radiologists, May 2010.

In the first year after a period of induction (Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, Radiography, A/E and General Reporting) trainees have attachments in Ninewells (five months) and Perth Royal Infirmary (three months) with days in Stracathro, Arbroath and Dundee Dental Hospital. There is also a two week attachment to the Department of Nuclear Medicine in Ninewells. Medical Physics teaching (one day a week) is delivered in Edinburgh with tutorials in Dundee. Anatomy teaching in Dundee and Edinburgh. This provides the theoretical knowledge to allow the trainees to pass Part I of the FRCR examination.

In the second and third years the remainder of the core training is delivered predominantly in Tayside but with attachments to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh (four months) and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Western General Hospital Edinburgh (two months). The lecture programme to support this is delivered one day a month in Dundee and Edinburgh. During this period the trainee is expected to pass the 6 modules of Part 2a of the FRCR Exam and be preparing for the Part 2b, which is usually attempted after three years in training.

The fourth and fifth years offer Higher Training to obtain competence and a greater degree of expertise in at least two areas. The radiologist would then be able to practice as a consultant with a special interest in these areas. Within this small scheme sub-specialty training is available in Dundee. If necessary some of this training may be supported by experience in other centres. We have five consultant Interventional Radiologists and we expect to get GMC approval for new Interventional Radiology Training Curriculum.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Small friendly group of Radiology trainees (approximately twelve) predominantly based in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. The trainees appreciate the high quality of training as witnessed by high scores in recent GMC surveys. Dundee has inexpensive housing, good schools and easy access to major Scottish cities and scenic countryside with a range of leisure activities. The attachments in Lothian allow subspecialty training as well as the opportunity to meet trainees from another centre. The training is daytime with on call. There is no shift system. Currently on-call starts after sixteen months in training. Every trainee has a Clinical and Education Supervisor. Training is assessed locally by e-Portfolio and work place based assessments. There is a monthly meeting of registrars and trainers to discuss training issues. 50% of fifth year trainees stay on in Tayside as Consultants.

Less than full time training is supported. It is only offered if service and training needs are met. This arrangement is reviewed annually. The present agreement is for daytime 60%, with on call 100% - available for all registrars. When training in Edinburgh (four plus two months) trainees must be full time.

Our trainees have an excellent record for publishing and presenting research and audit.


Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Stracathro Hospital, Angus, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Arbroath Infirmary, Angus, Dental Hospital, Dundee, Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

• Perth Royal Infirmary

• Stracathro Hospital, Angus

• Arbroath Infirmary, Angus

• Dundee Dental Hospital

• Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermilne

• Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee

• Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

• Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

• Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Tom Fardon
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Radiologists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Dianne Morrison
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Naveena Thomas & Dr Magdalena Szewczyk-Bieda
Address: Dr Naveena Thomas - ST1-ST3 Dr Magdalena Szewczyk-Bieda - ST4-ST6 Department of Radiology Ninewells Hospital Dundee
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