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Speciality: Clinical Radiology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/456

Programme Description

GMC Reference: WOS/456

The West of Scotland Radiology Training Scheme is the largest in Scotland with 90+ trainees. Within the first year the aims are to obtain a broad basic grounding in plain film interpretation, Emergency and OP CT, fluoroscopy procedures, out of hours MRI reporting and ultrasound. Nuclear medicine, general MRI and other areas such as Intervention will be given an introduction. There is a structured first year teaching programme covering Physics and Anatomy, geared towards the FRCR1 examination. Training is supported by our radiography and sonography colleagues. 

The 2nd and 3rd year rotations are designed to cover the core curriculum and include attachments for Neuro and Paediatric Radiology. Further exposure to Intervention will be achieved. Those with a strong interest in Intervention will be given greater exposure. Learning is self directed in addition to a structured teaching programme aimed at problem solving, clinical case discussions and guidance for the FRCR2a examination. Following completion of FRCR2a there is an organized FRCR2b Viva course.

There is a Digital library held in iMacs in most departments. We also have 15 iMacs available for group teaching and mock exams. 

The training programme is coordinated through the local Postgraduate Training Committee, which has three trainee representatives.




Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Within the first year the aims are to obtain a broad basic grounding in plain radiography interpretation, fluoroscopy procedures and ultrasound with opportunities for early experience in CT, Nuclear medicine and basic intervention. There is a structured first year teaching programme covering physics and radiological anatomy, geared towards the FRCR1 examination.

Subspecialty training occurs in years 4 and 5. Each hospital on the scheme provides a detailed list of training modules available and, within limits, trainees are allowed to choose modules geared towards their training requirements and interests. The number of modules exceeds the number of trainees. Subspecialty training is available in all modalities including breast imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, gastrointestinal imaging, nuclear medicine(including PET CT), oncological imaging, paediatric imaging, interventional radiology and neuroradiology. The 4th/5th year blocks are 4 months long but blocks can be run back to back to increase exposure to a particular subspecialty or hospital. Interventional Radiology now follows a year 4-6 programme which is entered after applying for competitive interview.

Audit is part of the core curriculum and is actively encouraged. Each department will have a Consultant nominated as Audit lead. Research is actively encouraged in all subspecialty modules. There are specific research opportunities in neuroradiology and oncological imaging.

Exposure to management available in local courses but also in an organised week long attachment to Radiology management, while in 4th or 5th year.



Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Ayr, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria, New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow

This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

University Hospital Ayr

University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

Gartnavel General, Glasgow

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire

Monklands Hospital, Airdrie

Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley

The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow

Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow

Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

Wishaw Hospital

Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock

Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria

Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow

Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Falkirk



Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Ralph Bouhaidar
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: Thomas Gault
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Michael Digby ST 2-5 and Dr Laura Thomson ST1

Dr Michael Digby - ST2-ST5

Dr Laura Thomson - ST1

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