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This information was provided by:

Mr Tom Carter, ST6

1. Who is the training programme director?

Mr Sam Molyneux

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

Borders General Hospital, Melrose,

Scottish Borders

Forth Valley Hospital, Larbet

Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Fife

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

 

Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

St John's Hospital, Livingston, West Lothian

 

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife

3. Where do trainees generally live? 

 

“Most trainees live in and around Edinburgh as all the hospitals are easily commutable. Popular (and expensive!) areas include: Marchmont, Bruntsfield, Morningside, New Town, Comley Bank, Stockbridge and Leith.”

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. Trainee's generally can give a preference." 

 

6. Is there a trauma focussed ST3 year?

 

"ST3 year is usually spent in NHS Fife, where trainees rotate through 4x 3-month jobs including a hip, knee, foot & ankle and upper limb placement. During this period trainees will get access to both trauma and elective cases in each speciality."

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

 

Yes

 

8. Is there an arthroplasty focussed ST4 year?

"Arthroplasty is offered throughout training, but most senior trainees (ST5 onwards) will get more access to arthroplasty cases that more junior trainees."

 

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

No

 

10. How often is deanery teaching?

 

"Usually a full day once per month."

 

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 Edinburgh Medical School

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?

 

"We have a strong academic track record and all trainees are expected to publish at least two peer reviewed publications per year, which at first sounds daunting, but by the end of training most trainees will have a strong, competitive CV for consultant job application.

 

Our deanery runs a 'Christmas Quiz' every year for ST3+ trainees to get FRCS experience under exam conditions with short cases, intermediate cases and viva cases. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh has been recently upgraded to MTC status, therefore exposure to major trauma cases is expected to increase over time.

 

Edinburgh is a very safe, friendly city with excellent transport links. All hospitals are easily reached either by car or the public transport network. Whilst most trainees live in Edinburgh it is very possible to live slightly out of the centre, in much more affordable accommodation and be within a 20 minute commute of the main hospital (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh). I have thoroughly enjoyed my training so far and would recommend to anybody considering run-through training at ST1 entry."

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