November 08, 2009

Medical careers get sexy in the West Midlands….

The BMJ Careers Group and the West Midlands Deanery Lay on the day for trainees

If its not the BMJ Careers group putting  on a glitzy presentation, its another organisation wowing junior doctors up and down the UK with promises of a glittering career in Rheumatology/ genitourinary medicine / some other exciting specility.

Hats off to the deanery who again laid on an excellent careers day for all concerned.

I was pleased to represent my own speciaility at the annual BMA careers evening hosted in Birmingham at the ThinkTank and had a good time chatting to would be medical students and budding practitioners.

Rheumatology was enviously split between the less glamorous specialities of Geriatrics (wHich I think is now termed the more politically correct care of the elderly) and Dermatology. My own efferot on why students should choose rheumatology....

Increasingly each individual speciality is encouraged to wax lyrical about the benefit of studying. In the UK this means recruiting enough (and the best) doctors to your own speciality, something that is becoming increasingly difficult with the perception of an 'easier life' and 'better working conditions' in primary care.

This is something extending into the day to day life of a medical trainee, being required to promote your own speciality, which can only be seen asd a good thing. Expect more fact sheets like the one to the right to be created by trainees up and down the country.

I spoke to one anaesthetics trainee for his view on representing the deanery at the Thinktank:

This can only be good for my CV! I have spoken to quite a few trainees though, and they were all pretty interested, which was nice.

Well it seems that not everyone's intentions was truly alturistic, but as long as the trainees get their advice, who cares?

Anyone who wants to know more about any general medical career in the uk should try heading here to the JCRPTB website at or click the link here.

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