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Scottish Medical Training

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Speciality: Internal Medicine Training (IMT)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS4425

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

Glasgow Royal Infirmary is one of the 2 main teaching hospitals for the University of Glasgow. GRI hosts the University academic departments of diabetes, geriatric medicine, rheumatology and nutrition. In addition there are research active units in gastroenterology, cardiology and respiratory medicine. A number of GRI based IMT trainees have gone onto clinical research posts leading to higher degrees.  

DGRI hosts medical students from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. In addition it is a key site for the newly developed Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine (ScotGEM) programme. A purpose built state of the art education centre has recently been opened on site. 

Forth Valley Royal Hospital is a large, modern district general hospital which is centrally based and receives trainees from West, South-East and East regions. It hosts the national clinical simulation centre and has an active quality improvement hub as well as access to clinical research programmes in many of the medical specialties.

Trainees on all sites will have opportunities to become involved in clinical research, quality improvement projects and both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Trainees will have the opportunity to present their work at local research meetings and at the national QI conference.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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: NHS Education for Scotland, Third Floor, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr David Carty
Address: Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0SF
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