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Speciality: Internal Medicine Training (IMT)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES432

The South East Scotland IMT programme is based upon the previous regional CMT programme, which was ranked top in the UK for overall trainee satisfaction (GMC National Training Survey 2016 and 2017) as well as having the highest MRCP pass rates by completion of CT2. 

A broad foundation of experience is provided in both central and peripheral hospitals across the region, upon which any future career in medicine can be based. Each rotation is aimed at satisfying the requirements of the new IM phase 1 curriculum and will include experience in Acute Medicine with unselected medical take, Medicine for the Elderly and many specialties. Rotations will also include time in a critical care setting. IMT year 3 rotations have yet to be published but are likely to include central teaching and district general hospital experience in acute and general medicine. 

Most of our current CMT trainees achieve the requirements such as clinic attendance, QIP, WPBAs for successful outcome at ARCP with little difficulty, and there is a high success rate for entry in to HST on completion of the programme.  Formal teaching is delivered by regular Training Days hosted centrally at the Royal College of Physician of Edinburgh, and simulation with the Mastery Programme, Clinical Skills Days and TACTICs. Trainees are also encouraged to attend relevant RCPE Symposia, Evening Medical Updates and local clinical teaching and in their second year CPD focused on their proposed career choice.

Preferences will be automatically allocated taking into account trainee selections and recruitment performance. These rotations are indicative and whilst we hope to adhere to these as closely as possible they may be subject to minor changes if our trainee numbers fluctuate in order to ensure safe staffing and continuity of training in affected departments. 

The rotations have been designed to map the requirements of the new curriculum, including:

- All trainees completing a block in geriatrics

- Significant Acute/Gen medicine exposure, including the acute medical take 

The total number of IMT/core trainees allocated to sites should be similar to previous years, but we cannot guarantee the level of seniority (IMT1/IMT2/CT2) from year to year because of large fluctuations in trainee numbers (currently varying >30% between CT1 and CT2) and because current CT1s have already been allocated CT2 posts commencing August 2019.

 Our current intention is to build the critical care requirement into our rotations in IMT3, as a single 10 week block, but this may be subject to change.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Although there are currently no formal academic CMT posts in SES, all trainees will be required to complete a QIP annually and most will rotate through academic specialist units where they can participate in research projects of their choice. Edinburgh has a high rating for medical research with many exciting opportunities. Training in teaching methods is also encouraged through the South East Faculty of Clinical Educators which can lead to formal qualification.




Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Liberton Hospital, Roodlands Hospital, Haddington, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Borders General Hospital, Melrose

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
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: Tayler Scott
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Third Floor, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Kerri Baker and Dr Jane Rimer
Address: Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy & St John’s Hospital, Livingston
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