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Setting up a national workshop as an anaesthetic trainee

Written by Jason Lie.

ituIt is essential for senior trainees to demonstrate their abilities at leadership and management in order to obtain a Certificate of Completion of Training[1] and get shortlisted for a consultant job. Setting up a workshop would provide a perfect platform for me to demonstrate these qualities, to show my enthusiasm to teach and at the same time to improve patient's safety.

 

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Learning to lead

Written by JuniorDr.

As a junior doctor you can develop your leadership competencies by being proactive and consciously assuming greater responsibilities around leadership activities; the Medical Leadership Competency Framework provides a range of practical examples of opportunities for learning and development.

Clinical training might include a higher degree in a subject allied to medicine and might also count towards your certificate of completion of training (CCT). In the past, these have included leadership positions, vocational or academic qualifications and overseas posts that are not part of an approved programme. OoPTs require prospective approval from the General Medical Council (GMC) and candidates can retain their national training numbers during this period.

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All at sea - a ships doctor

Written by Philip Brooks.

I started on a fairly typical career path after qualification from the University of Leicester in 2001. I rotated through SHO posts in a variety of different specialities relevant to Emergency Medicine, my then career choice.

Just as ‘Modernizing Medical Careers’ was being introduced in 2006 I was working as an A&E middle-grade in Manchester and studying for my membership to the College of Emergency Medicine (MCEM) exams. Once I had the exam I basically had two choices - apply for one of the last few ‘old-style’ SpR posts in emergency medicine or try something different. I chose the latter and applied for the position of ship’s doctor, having heard about the job from an old medical school friend who was presently working for the company and loving the experience.

 

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So you want to be a palliative care physician?

Written by Yasmin Akram.

general practiceThe world health organisation defines palliative care as "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual."

In the hospital and acute setting palliative care physicians work with teams of specialist palliative care nurses. Their role is to advise nursing and medical teams on complex symptom control, psychological and spiritual issues for people with life limiting illnesses.

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So you want to be a microbiologist?

Written by Yasmin Akram.

microbiologyMicrobiology is the study of bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal infections and microbiologists are the key connections between the laboratory and the patient. They remain clinically involved with a range of different patients and have a vital role to play in advising on their management.

A microbiologists work is concerned with diagnosing, investigating and managing infectious diseases in both the hospital and community setting and in protecting people at risk against these infections. It also involves the management and control of outbreaks and public health responsibilities and monitoring patterns of infectious diseases locally.

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