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Scottish Medical Training

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Speciality: Internal Medicine Training (IMT)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS4426

Internal Medicine Training in Scotland is delivered on a regional basis in the North, South-East, East and West of Scotland. Each region has a different range of hospitals and training experiences from busy urban district general hospitals, large regional specialty centres, renowned teaching hospitals, to remote and rural sites, all of which provide valuable and unique clinical experiences.

Although your clinical training is regionally based, the training programme directors in Scotland work together to provide a teaching programme for all internal medicine trainees, along with an intensive simulation programme for each of the years of internal medicine. You will meet with other trainees from all over Scotland at bootcamp in year 1 at the national simulation centre in Larbert, and also at our face to face events for quality improvement and national trainee conferences. The regular clinical teaching programme is delivered online with monthly afternoon sessions which are recorded and you will have access to the whole teaching programme which is designed on a three year rolling programme to cover the IMT syllabus. There are also national palliative medicine teaching sessions in addition to your attachment to palliative medicine teams during your clinical training.

Your study leave budget is supplemented in Scotland with additional separate funding for clinical simulation so this does not impact on your personal study leave choices. The simulation programme is highly valued by trainees and has been described as the best clinical teaching ever experienced by previous trainees. There is a three-day bootcamp in year 1, a clinical skills day in year 2 and a two-day registrar ready course in year 3. The clinical teaching programme is delivered over and above this budget with expert speakers from all over Scotland and trainee feedback of these sessions is excellent.

Although CoVID has impacted clinical training in all areas, we are working hard to make sure that your training experience is excellent and supportive. Scotland is an amazing place to work and we hope to have you join us.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

NHS Lanarkshire (NHSL) sites offer numerous opportunities in audits and quality improvement projects (QIP). Trainees are strongly encouraged to engage in QIP, and NHSL are trying to develop of a database of previous QI work to try and facilitate several

Projects to continue work that has taken place previously. Across the 3 sites, there are many research projects ongoing and trainees, who wish to do so, would be supported in joining these. These consist of clinical trials and a few proof-of-concept projects. 

There is regular teaching delivered on all 3 NHSL sites. This includes day-to-day experiential teaching, local unit formal teaching sessions and well as hospital wide teaching at several meetings (including grand rounds, journal club and radiology meeting). Lunch Is provided at some of these meetings. This teaching will complement the national IMT training days and regional simulation/clinical training days. 

Trainees are encouraged to get involved in management. There is a chief resident system in place on all 3 sites – which trainees are welcomed to apply for. In addition, there are several forums for trainees to engage with management to give feedback on what is going well and what is not going that well – to try and implement change if needed. This again will be in addition to the several management opportunities available from NHS Education Scotland.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, University Hospital Wishaw

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, Third Floor, NHS Education for Scotland, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Professor Manish Patel
Address: University Hospital Wishaw, 50 Netherton Street, Wishaw ML2 0DP
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