The East of England Postgraduate School of Medicine includes trainees in 27 specialty areas in Medicine ranging from Acute Medicine through all major organ specialties to Clinical Genetics, Oncology, Nuclear Medicine and Palliative Care. In the East of England Deanery there is a strong commitment to academic training in each of these specialty areas; this component of training is overseen by individual Specialty Training Committees. Indeed research training is seen as a core part of overall clinical training and an essential requirement for all Medicine SpRs and StRs.
The School is co-located alongside a number of internationally renowned research institutes including the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, the MRC Centre for Protein Engineering, the MRC/Wellcome Trust Cambridge Institute for Medical Research containing the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (previously the MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit), the Hutchinson/MRC Research Centre, the CR-UK Cambridge Research Institute, the Institute of Metabolic Science and the Addenbrooke's Centre for Clinical Investigations. This location therefore offers a large, vibrant and critical mass of basic, translational and clinical research options with unrivalled access to modern molecular and cell biology equipment including refurbished animal house facilities and state-of-the-art imaging. In the recent UK wide 2001 HEFCE research assessment exercise the School received grades of 5* in all three units of assessment (clinical laboratory sciences, community based clinical subjects, and hospital based clinical subjects) – with the highest aggregate score of any medical school in the UK. Addenbrooke's Hospital in conjunction with the Clinical School was also awarded one of the recent NIHR Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre awards.
The Schools strategic plan relates to themes of basic medical science that relate to problems that arise in clinical practice: these include the Neurosciences, Genetic Medicine, Endocrinology, Cancer, Immunology and Infection, Vascular Biology, Imaging, Public Health and General Practice.
During the first three rounds of funding Cambridge was awarded a total of 51 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships including Haematology (two), Clinical/Medical Genetics (two), Diabetes and Endocrinology (two), Medical Oncology (four) and General Medical specialties (four). These have been appointed at ST1-3 level and allow for 25% protected research time with the primary intent to allow ACFs the opportunity to obtain Core Medical Training alongside the chance to formulate and compete for a national Research Training Fellowship. A matching number of NHS and NIHR-funded University Clinical Lecturer posts exist in these specialties to support academic training at a post-doctoral level. Aside from these ACF and CL programmes there are numerous stand alone opportunities for trainees to undertake an OOPR for research training leading to an MSc, MD or PhD. The School also welcomes applications for its 'Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Training Fellowships' and 'Wellcome Trust 3 year PhD Programme for Clinicians'.
The School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice at the University of East Anglia is a relatively new but is already establishing a reputation for exciting and innovative approaches to education supported by a strong and rapidly developing research programme. As part of the Faculty of Health it has a growing emphasis on inter-professional co-operation in teaching and research. The research environment of the University is very strong particularly in the Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences. The Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre for Plant Biology are situated close by on the Norwich Research Park. The School itself is building a strong reputation in Population Medicine, Health Economics, and Diet and Health and BioMedicine with laboratory work now being concentrated in the newly built BioMedical Research Centre. There are excellent opportunities for building research collaborations across the Faculty of Health, the University and the Norwich Research Park
For most if not all of the core medical specialties, a period of dedicated full time research training leading to a higher degree is considered highly desirable and the Deanery will support all appropriate requests for OOPR period.