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Scottish Medical Training

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Speciality: Internal Medicine Training (IMT)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/435

The West of Scotland Core Medical Training Programmes offer an extensive range of experience and training opportunities. Many of the recently built hospitals in the West of Scotland offer state of the art facilities.  Glasgow now has Europe’s biggest teaching hospital. 

A typical 2 year programme features training opportunities in both teaching and district general hospitals, including 1 year in a Glasgow hospital and 1 year in a hospital outside Glasgow. Posts in specific specialties are usually of 4 months duration. The West of Scotland offers new trainees a chance to select their first year of rotations, selections being allocated according to recruitment ranking.

To complement the varied experiential training offered by these rotational training programmes, all rotations include posts with departmental and hospital clinical meetings. In addition, many sites offer additional training opportunities, including bedside clinical teaching sessions for those sitting PACES. Post-holders have access to study leave and an associated study leave budget to facilitate attendance at other suitable training courses. The experiential clinical training and these additional formal training opportunities are designed to facilitate attainment of the requisite competencies and progress through MRCP parts I & II and PACES.

West of Scotland Core Medical Training achieves high quality training, as evidenced in favourable GMC trainee questionnaire feedback. Furthermore, these programmes offer rich learning opportunities and a stepping stone to successful careers in hospital medicine.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The South Consortium: comprises hospitals in South Glasgow, Paisley and Ayrshire and features training opportunities in both teaching and district general hospitals, located within Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital) and Ayshire (University Hospitals Crosshouse and Ayr). Posts available within rotations include acute medicine, cardiology, medicine for the elderly, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, haematology, infectious diseases, oncology, nephrology, neurology, respiratory medicine and rheumatology. A typical 2 year programme includes 1 year in a Glasgow hospital and 1 year in an Ayrshire Hospital.

Acute General Medical unselected take is part of all the majority of the posts in the rotation, except from the neurology post in the Institute of Neurological Sciences (INS) and medicine for the elderly at QEUH. The INS is the regional tertiary referral centre and offers out of hours experience in neurological disease. The neurology post offers an exposure to academic medicine both in neurology and in stroke medicine. Medicine for the elderly at QEUH has a stand alone geriatric rota. Medicine for the elderly also features in all parts of the consortium within an integrated receiving structure.

All Internal Medicine Trainees in Medicine in the West of Scotland have access to CoMEP (the Core Medical Educational Programme). This is a 2 year rolling educational programme that covers the majority of the curricular objectives (the emergency presentations,the ‘top 20’ clinical presentations, the majority of the ‘other presentations’ detailed in the curriculum as well as the majority of generic curricular objectives). The educational programme includes clinical skills training with practical sessions, such as chest drain insertion arranged in the Clinical Skills centre of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.

Applicants to Internal Medicine Training are offered the opportunity to preference GATE posts.  The GATE programme (Glasgow Academic Training Environment) aims to foster academic development & training beyond academic FY, through stage 1 IMT and across a broad range of specialties, to prepare trainees for subsequent application to competitive local and national research training programmes (eg MRC, Wellcome Trust, BHF, etc).  GATE provides academic mentorship to facilitate attainment of academic objectives that are additional to the requisite competencies required of trainees.

GATE is intended to act as a bridge between an academic foundation programme and a Clinical Lecturer post.  However, applicants preferencing the GATE posts are not required to have completed an academic foundation programme.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Ayr, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow

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 Stephen Glen
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: Karen Cairnduff
Address: Training Programme Administrator, NHS Education for Scotland, Third Floor, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr David Wilkin
Address: Crosshouse Hospital
Quality of Training Quality Management

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