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Monday, July 25, 2011


I am pondering the latest volumes of careers advice to hit my inbox from NHS Education Scotland. I can imagine some of you shouting "You've got a career, remember the 5 years at Medical School....." before wandering away muttering. As ever with the NHS, it's not as simple as all that!

The idea is that after Foundation Training, you pick a specialty or group of specialties to train in. Some have Common Core Training (eg Surgery, medicine); some is more specialised from the start (Radiology, Obs/Gyn, Paeds). Anaesthetics is unusual in having 2 ways in - Pure Anaesthetics, or Acute Core Anaesthetics - this second option involves a common core of 3 years alongside Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine (so some A&E experience) before popping out into year 3 of Anaesthetics training (cunningly meaning that one has two 'year 3's' for added confusion.

One also needs to have a strong CV to support the application, in terms of audit, commitment to specialty, other learning etc. So more work, more exams and more stress. Just when you thought it was all over....

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