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Speciality: Clinical Radiology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/455

South East Scotland offers excellent training opportunities in general radiology and many
subspecialty disciplines. The 1st of the 5 years is spent acquiring
the basic skills of plain film interpretation, ultrasound, screening procedures
and physics and anatomy teaching.  Time is divided between the teaching hospitals at the RIE, WGH and a 3 month DGH block. The 2nd and 3rd years are spent between subspecialty blocks including IR, breast imaging, nuclear medicine, neuroradiology, paediatric radiology and
four months in a DGH, along with starting On-call. There is an opportunity to consolidate cross-sectional imaging skills in CT and MRI. The 4th and 5th year  attachments are chosen by the trainee to develop a subspecialty interest. There is the option to take a four month dedicated research block without delaying CCT.

Within the South East  we have an active teaching program aimed at the FRCR exam. We
also encourage participation in research and audit. The training program is
co-ordinated through the local training committee, trainee participation is an integral
part. Edinburgh University has recently opened a clinical research imaging
centre (CRIC) based at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute at Little France. This
includes a research PET-CT scanner, 3T MRI scanner and 256-slice CT scanner.
Trainees are encouraged to get involved with research activities guided by the
Professor of Radiology, Edwin Van Beek.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Based in Edinburgh with options to rotate to Lothian, Fife, Borders and Forth Valley hospitals.

Edinburgh is a very pleasant place to live. Our scheme has an excellent record in Royal College of Radiologists exams and in placing emergent trainees in fellowships or consultant posts in their chosen fields.

On-call is started at the beginning of second year and is always covering the Edinburgh hospitals. To ensure compliance with EWTD we operate a shift system with tiered on-call dependent on level of experience.

There is unified application for the all UK radiology training schemes. There are 4 schemes in Scotland. These are based in the North of Scotland (Aberdeen), West of Scotland (Glasgow), East of Scotland (Dundee) and South East Scotland (Edinburgh). The SE Scotland scheme is the second largest after West of Scotland and has a complement of 35 trainees. All schemes follow the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) curriculum for clinical radiology culminating in obtaining the FRCR examination. More information can be obtained at

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Borders General Hospital, Melrose

South East of Scotland – placements in Edinburgh, Melrose, Livingston, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Falkirk and Stirling;
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
Borders General Hospital, Melrose
St John’s Hospital, Livingston
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary, Falkirk
Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling
Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Judith Anderson
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval June 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 Jeremy Jones
Quality of Training Quality Management

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