1) Specialty Trainee Education Week
Last year's gastro training week in Bridgend yielded excellent feedback from the gastro STs, and there was a 95% attendence rate from all trainees in Wales. The modular days were well received, and many thanks to Dr Dave, Dr Yapp, Dr Dolwani, Dr Alcolado and Dr Hawthorne for organising the teaching days on Motility disorders, Liver Disease, Lower GI endoscopy, Personal Development and IBD respectively - we covered a broad and interesting syllabus over the week.
This year we will be following a similar pattern. The venue is provisionally booked at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, and the week is already fixed as the week commencing July 2nd 2012 (put it in your diaries). Whilst these sessions are based on the Gastroenterology Curriculum, we would be willing and able to accommodate interested trainees from other specialities if they contact me on the email address below. We hope to have a full schedule released by the end of March.
2) ST6 Specialty Fellowships
Those trainees registered on to the 2010 gastro curriculum (ie all trainees appointed as ST3 on or after Aug 2010)may already be aware that this curriculum recommends that during their ST6 year that they have the opportunity to do subspeciality fellowships in one or two of Hepatology, Nutrition, IBD and ERCP/EUS training. The Specialty Advisory Committee are working on this and we believe we will be in a position to deliver excellent fellowships in most or all of these subjects, and an additional one on Advanced Colonoscopy. These Fellowships will be available on a competitive basis to trainees at ST6 level from August 2013 and are most likely to involve no commitment to medicine on-call. This remains work in progress and I will update you all as soon as I hear more. We are confident that we can offer a number of these fellowships by the deadline next year.
Could I remind all trainees to ensure that they are continuing to maintain their e-portfolios. We have a number of trainees approaching their penultimate year assessments (PYAs) and it is especially vital that these trainees focus on completing the 'curriculum' and WPBA section of their e-portfolio. PYAs are particularly rigourous and if inadequate evidence is presented there is a real risk of non-progression at this point. This year the ARCPs have been fixed for June 22nd. I would invite any interested trainer to attend this session, it gives an enormous amount of insight into the relevance of the e-portfolio and how we run the process. I have done this myself for 2 years and it has had a radical impact on how I manage my trainees.
4) ST interviews
We will be interviewing for new STs soon in April - I will be emailing all trainers with dates very soon looking for help with this process. We need a minimum of 7 interviewers per day, so it is labour intensive and we are very dependent on your support to make this work. Those who have done it before have found it an interesting and sometimes quite fun day. Please volunteer
Dr. Peter Neville