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Speciality: Gastro-enterology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/416

“Gastroenterology and Hepatology” training in the West of Scotland offers a well supported programme in which trainees rotate through the hospitals gaining competences in Gastroenterology/ Hepatology and General (Internal) Medicine. 

Each trainee will spend time in the large teaching hospitals (Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital) as well as District General Hospitals which are well resourced in Gastroenterology.  They will have individual supervision in each post.   Courses for upper GI Endoscopy and Colonoscopy are mandatory and funded centrally, allowing the trainee’s study leave to be used on other experience.

During the initial 2 years of specialty training, trainees will gain a broad experience of gastroenterology, hepatology and training in diagnostic upper GI endoscopy. In the later years of the programme most trainees will progress to complete the complex luminal pathway and gain accreditation in colonoscopy. All trainees will gain experience in therapeutic endoscopy. In addition there will be opportunities to apply for programmed experience in sub-specialty areas with specialty years in IBD and advanced endoscopy available locally. Application to complex hepatology training will be available for around 20% of our large cohort of trainees. This will provide training to level 3 standards including time spent at the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit in Edinburgh.

There are regular training days held in many of the units and there is a regional (Scotland wide) programme of training days in both gastroenterology and general medicine. There are, in addition opportunities to attend (and present at) the Scottish Society for Gastroenterology Trainees days and bi-annual meetings.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

All trainees are encouraged to undertake audit projects at all sites and there are meetings on some sites to present such projects. Teaching is encouraged and there are opportunities to take part in management. We are very supportive of trainees who wish to take time out of programme to undertake a period of research.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw

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

University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Glasgow Royal Infirmary with clinics and scope lists at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow with clinics and scope lists at Gartnavel General Hospital and the New Victoria Hospital, Wishaw Hospital




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 David Marshall
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: NES, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark St, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Jude Morris
Address: Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
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