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Respiratory Medicine

Last updated: 15 February 2013

There are thirty three respiratory/general medicine training posts in the East of England Multi-Professional Deanery. Rotations have been devised to provide first class training at both district general hospital and specialist centres based on the curricula for respiratory and general medicine developed by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board

Respiratory medicine training is offered in the first two years in Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Luton, King's Lynn, Harlow, Colchester, Basildon, Bedford, Chelmsford, Welwyn Garden CityStevenage and Southend. Specialist respiratory experience is gained at Papworth Hospital (normally during the third year) where trainees will be attached to two of the six firms (cystic fibrosis, sleep and ventilation, lung defence, lung transplantation, oncology, pulmonary vascular diseases). Training is usually completed at one of the main teaching hospitals (Addenbrookes Hospital, CUHNHSFT in Cambridge, or Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital).

There are excellent facilities in the region for training and experience in all aspects of respiratory medicine. Trainees are encouraged to attend the British Thoracic Society (BTS) meetings, and where appropriate international meetings as well. The East Anglian Thoracic Society (EATS) meets twice yearly and there is a monthly regional study/teaching day for trainees (covering both respiratory and general medicine). Research, audit, journal club and grand round teaching is provided at all centres. There is special interest and expertise within the region in a variety of areas including: assisted ventilation, asthma/allergy, COPD, cystic fibrosis, HIV, pneumonia, lung transplantation, interventional bronchoscopy, pulmonary hypertension, ILD/sarcoid and sleep disorders.

Thoracic surgery is performed at Norwich, Ipswich and Papworth and cardiac surgery, pulmonary endarterectomy and heart/lung transplantation at Papworth. Bronchoscopy, respiratory physiology and intensive care are available at all centres. At the end of five years, subject to satisfactory appraisal, the trainees will be awarded CCTs in general internal medicine and respiratory medicine. Single speciality accreditation in Respiratory Medicine or dual training with ICU is available, together with the option to spend one year of the rotation training in respiratory and ICU medicine in Melbourne, Australia.

The programme places a strong emphasis on research training or extending previous research experience for all ST3+ trainees; the acquisition of a higher research degree (MD or PhD) is considered the norm and prospective applicants are welcome to contact one of the two academic representatives on the STC for further information about this. Many trainees are successful in obtaining MRC or Wellcome Trust research fellowships (which can be accommodated at any stage) and a number have gone on to be awarded intermediate and senior research fellowships. The academic representatives are Prof. Edwin Chilvers, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge and Dr Andrew Wilson, School of Medicine, University of East Anglia.

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Dr Pasupathy Sivasothy Training Programme DirectorCambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Mark PasteurTraining Committee ChairPapworth Hospital NHS Trust
Dr Ian BartonHead of School of Medicine
& Associate Postgraduate Dean
East of England
Multi-Professional Deanery

Detailed guidance on the Respiratory Medicine assessment blueprint and curriculum is available from the JRCPTB website.

Please follow this link for the Respiratory medicine 2012 GMC National Training Survey report of trainee satisfaction.

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