There is a protected training day once a month usually on the first Friday. The venue rotates around the units in the region and is led by the trainee in that post supported by a local consultant as facilitator. The topics are mapped to the curriculum to cover all areas during the period of training.
A practical procedure training day is around Aug/Sept each year.
An annual trainee research day provides an excellent opportunity for trainees to show-case work undertaken and hones excellence in presentation skills.
GIM training days are held regularly and dual trainees are expected to attend at least 4 in a year.

West Midlands Rheumatology StR Training Day Schedule 2018

Regional meetings:
'Midlands Rheumatology Society' meets twice a year (March & October) and is an excellent forum for trainees from West Midlands & East Midlands to interact and present cases or research.
West Midlands Rheumatology Forum meets once a year and provides an opportunity to interact with Allied health professionals around a themed topic
Midland Bone club meets once a year

National meetings:
'British Society of Rheumatology' main conference is in Apr/May and a smaller focussed meeting in Oct/Nov and trainees are encouraged to attend.