Respiratory Medicine Training Programme in the West Midlands

The West Midlands region for respiratory medicine training extends from Stoke in the North to Hereford in the South and Shrewsbury in the West to Coventry in the East. It includes a mixture of University teaching hospitals and District General Hospitals, with all specialty trainees getting a good mixture of broad based general respiratory  training and  sub-specialty experience in the larger hospitals. The region includes 3 Medical Schools ( Keele, Birmingham and Warwick )

The Respiratory registrar in the West Midlands attends a structured teaching programme ( approx. one whole day in a month ) over the first two years of training ( ST3 and ST4 ) . This involves teaching from regional and national experts in specific areas and has been highly rated over the last 20 years. This prepares our trainees well for the Specialty Certificate Examination , which they are expected to take by the end of ST5.

In the third and fourth years ( ST5 and ST6 ), the registrars have to undertake 2 structured modules in each year, with supervision from the educational supervisors. This is the self-selected component of the training and allows trainees to look at certain areas in more depth.

Other highlights of the training programme include a formal introduction day at the start of the ST3 year, which includes a pleural procedures practical skills revision session on the same day  . There is also an Annual Registrar Presentation competition, allowing trainees to practise and get feedback on presentation skills, which is an important attribute to being a Consultant.

There is a dedicated teaching session every year aimed at teaching for the Specialty Certificate Examination.

Further information on MTS website

http://www.midlandthoracic.co.uk