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Medical Careers Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Saturday, 7 October 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


Making the most of your career as a physician: a careers symposium

This symposium is designed to give people greater insight into a career as a physician and more information on many of the 31 specialities open to physicians. It is aimed at core medical trainees, foundation year doctors, medical students and also those outside formal training.

Main lecture topics include what it is like to be a physician as well as details regarding the training process and changes to the training programme currently underway. Workshops include tips for postgraduate interviews; insight into out of programme research or experience programmes; top tips for foundation year trainees who are considering a career in medicine and tips for getting published.

You will also have the opportunity to meet with trainees and consultants from a wide range of different specialties who will offer a real insight into each individual subspecialty as well as answer questions and give guidance. The symposium is free and lunch and drinks are included. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Saturday 7 October 2017


Registration and Coffee


Welcome by Vice President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Overview of the RCPE and the T & MC
Dr Katherine Walesby, Chair RCPE Trainees and Members’ Committee


Chair: Dr Katherine Walesby, Chair RCPE Trainees and Members’ Committee
Training as a physician – training programme structure and changes
Dr Mike Jones, Consultant Physician and Clinical Director, University Hospital of North Durham

                                    (Delegates move to their morning workshops – two back to back lectures)


Workshop 1: Prioritisation: top tips for managing the medical ward

Dr Joanna Mathisen, Foundation Doctor, NHS Grampian

Workshop 2: How to make the most of your FY1 year
Dr Nicola Zammitt, Consultant Physician and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Workshop 1: Post-graduate job applications: hints and tips

Dr Elizabeth Woods, Teaching Fellow, Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Workshop 2: Options for going out of programme: discussion including academic and teaching fellowships
Speaker details - TBA


Lunch/ Opportunity to visit the medical specialty stands


Chair: Dr Katherine Walesby, Chair RCPE Trainees and Members’ Committee
What it means to be a physician
Dr Kerri Baker, Consultant in Acute Medicine, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy


 (Delegates move to their afternoon workshop & delegates choose from 1 of the below topics)


Option 1:  Combining research and clinical medicine – an insider’s view
Dr Terry Quinn, Stroke Association / Chief Scientist Office Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Option 2: Working Abroad
Dr Judith Taylor, Registrar in Geriatric and GIM Medicine, NHS Tayside

Option 3: Managing yourself and your patients: keeping a work-life balance
Dr Susan Shenkin, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant, Geriatric Medicine Unit, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Panel discussion (Q& A) of all speakers


Close/ meet the speakers for drinks

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Online booking for this event closes on Friday 6 October 2017 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

Registration fees


Refundable Registration Fee

ST1 or ST2


Foundation Year 1 or Year 2


Unpaid Post


Medical student


This £15 deposit will be refunded to all who attend the event. It will not be refunded to those who register but do not show.

Further details can be obtained from the Event Co-ordinator

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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