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Speciality: Gastroenterology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/415

This programme offers a broad and thorough training in all aspects of Gastroenterology and Hepatology including liver transplantation. Placements are provided between the Gastroenterology Unit at the Western General Hospital and the Gastrointestinal and Liver Unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh with General Medicine attachments at St. John’s Hospital, Livingston.  There are regional Vascular, Colorectal, Upper GI and Hepatobiliary Units and a national Liver Transplant Unit.

In general trainees are likely to start in the District General Hospital doing General Medicine with two sessions of Gastroenterology in the first year. Following this Gastroenterology and liver training will either be in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh or the Western General Hospital with rotations between the two. There is a strong culture of research in both the central units with research fellowships and clinical research fellows helping with the on call rota.

Research facilities are available on campus in both central units.  Pathology, X-ray and M & M meetings take place regularly along with postgraduate teaching sessions.

As mentioned above the first year of training will generally be a non-central hospital doing general medicine and a further year of General Medicine is usually undertaken in the last two years. During Gastroenterology training a full range of endoscopic training facilities are available, including endoscopic ultrasound and ERCP. Whilst attached to the Royal Infirmary exposure and training in liver transplantation and the management of acute liver failure will be available.

There is a Hepatology sub specialty position for 12 months at the Liver Unit at the Royal Infirmary. On call is approximately 1:5 and during General Medicine in the central hospitals commitment to the hospital at night team is expected.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

St. John's Hospital, Livingston


Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Adam Hill
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Clive Goddard
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Kerry Anne Ferrie
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, 1st Floor, 102 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DN
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Carol Blair
Address: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
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