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This information was provided by:

Anonymous Trainee

1. Who is the training programme director?

Mr Cronan Kerin

2. Please list all of the hospitals in your deanery.

Aintree University Hospital

Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Arrowe Park Hospital

Countess of Chester Hospital

Leighton Hospital, Crewe

Macclesfield District General Hospital

Southport and Formby District General Hospital

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Warrington Hospital

Whiston Hospital

Wrightington Hospital

3. Where do trainees generally live? 

 

“Trainees live in a range of locations across the deanery. Most commonly trainees live in Liverpool (both the city centre and surrounding suburbs e.g. Aigburth) but also around Warrington (as this is relatively central to the deanery) but also further afield e.g. Manchester..”

4. How easy is it to commute to different sites, and is there car parking available?

 

 

5. How are rotations are allocated?

“Rotations are allocated at the end of each year. Trainees generally can give a preference.”

6. Is there a trauma focussed ST3 year?

 

No

 

7. Does the deanery offer an ST3 bootcamp or equivalent induction?

 

Yes

 

8. Is there an arthroplasty focussed ST4 year?

 

No

 

9. Is there a post-exam dedicated teaching program (i.e. preparation for consultant)?

 

No

 

10. How often is deanery teaching?

 

"Every Friday afternoon."

 

 

11. Where is deanery teaching held?

 

Rotating peripheral locations.

 

 

12. Is there an annual meeting?

 

Yes

 

13. Are there associated registrar presentations and prizes?

 

Yes

 

 

14. Is there an established research infrastructure for trainees?

 

 

 

15. What is the affiliated medical school?

 

University of Liverpool

16. What was the overall FRCS pass rate in your deanery in the last 3 years (including both parts and all attempts)?

 

100%

 

17. Can you name any FRCS Gold Medal Winners from your deanery?

 

N/A

 

 

18. Are there any other interesting or important facts to mention?

 

"Mersey is a fantastic deanery with a host of hospitals that offer exceptional training environments. All major subspecialties are offered with one of the largest tertiary trauma centres in Europe based at Aintree Hospital along with a tertiary spine, limb recon service and world-renowned Children's hospital at Alder Hey.

 

The registrar group (58 society) is tight knit and there are regular educational/social evening meetings held once a month on top of the regular teaching schedule."

19. Useful links:

https://58society.com/

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JOURNAL CLUB

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TRAINEE COLLABORATIVE

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CLINICAL TRIALS UNIT

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NIHR ACADEMIC CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP

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REGULAR RESEARCH MEETINGS

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