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Medical Careers

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Saturday, 10 November 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


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

Topics will include training as a physician with details of the training programme and structure and what it actually means to be a physician. Workshops include out of programme options in research and academia, leadership, medical education and working abroad. The afternoon will have workshops on how to pass your MRCP (UK), job applications and interview tips, quality improvement for physicians and Specialty and Associate Specialist Doctors career path.

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 conference is free to attend with lunch and refreshements included.  

We look forward to welcoming you to an educational and informative day.

Amy Illsey
Imogen Smith
Rachel Sutherland
Craig Thurtell
Organising Subcomittee
Trainees & Members' Committee, RCPE

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Registration and Coffee


Welcome by Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Overview of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Trainees & Members' Committee
Dr Amy Illsley, Vice Chair for Careers & Communications, Trainees & Members' Committee, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Becoming a physician

Chair: Dr Craig Thurtell, Trainees & Members' Committee, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Training as a physician: training programme structure and changes
Dr Mike Jones, Comsultant in Acute Medicine & Director of Training, University Hospital of North Durham


Tea and networking opportunity

Session 2 - Your career options


Delegates move to their first careers option workshop choice


1 Options for going out of programme: leadership and management
Dr Rebecca Weerakoon, SpR in Acue Medicine, St John's Hospital, Livingston

2 Options for going out of programme: research and academia
Dr Oliver Todd, Clinical Research Fellow, Bradford Institute for Health Research
& Dr Susan Shenkin, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh & Honorary Consultant, NHS Lothian

3 Options for going out of programme: medical education
Professor Richard Fuller, Stroke Physician and Professor of Medical Education, Leeds General Infirmary

4 Working abroad
Speaker TBC


Delegates move to their second workshop choice


Career options workshops commence


Lunch and visit the specialty stands

Session 3 - Further career options


Delegates move to their third workshop


A Postgraduate exams in medicine: how to pass MRCP (UK)
Dr Tom Mackay, Vice President, Royal College College of Physicians of Edinburgh & Consultant Phyisician in Respiratory Medicine

B Job application and interview tips (with focus on CMT's)
Dr Clive Goddard, Training Programme Director for CMT, St John's Hospital, Livingston

C Quality improvement for physicians
Dr Anna Winfield, SAS Tutor, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

D Specialty and Assiciate Specialist (SAS) Doctors
Dr Susan Robertson, Associate Specialist in Renal Medicine, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary


Delegates move to fourth workshop


Fourth workshops commence

Session 4 - Understanding the journey

Chair: TBC


What it means to be a physician
Dr Kerri Baker, Consultant in Acute Medicine, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy


Closing remarks


Drinks reception and opportunity to meet speakers & the members of the T&MC


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Online booking for this event closes on Thursday 8 November 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

This event will be £20 to attend but this will be refunded to those who are Student & Foundation Year/ Associate or Collegiate Members of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh who register to attend. Refunds will not be given to those who reigster but do not attend in any category.

Registration fees



ST1 & ST2


Foundation Years 1 & 2*


Medical Student*


*Medical Students & Foundation Year Doctors can join the College for free.
Please visit our website for instructions on how to join,

Further details can be obtained from the event coordinator.

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Further Info

This event is open to Medical Students/ Foundation Year and ST1 & ST2 categories. 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).

A certificate of attendance 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 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 front of the College giving access to the main rooms. 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.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

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

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

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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