The respiratory medicine training programme in West Midlands
is known for encouraging its trainees to
undertake OOP ( Out of Programme – Research , Training, Experience ) . There
are very good opportunites for reseach,
with 3 University Hospital trusts in the region
. Some may choose to go to other parts of the country or abroad for this
and this is supported if we can ensure that the quality of experience is going
to be good.
There is plenty of opportunities for formal and informal
teaching , due to the the presence of 3 medical schools in the region with a
larger number of hospitals acting as placement providers for medical students
from these schools.
Registrars are undertaking clinical research in almost all
the hospitals and there is active encouragement to attend and present their
research at regional, national and international conferences , such as the MTS
( Midlands Thoracic Society ) , BTS (
British Thoracic Society ), ERS ( European Respiratory Society ), ATS (
American Thoracic Society ) . There are fellowships for prize winners at the abstract
competition in the MTS.