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Recruitment to medical specialties is currently changing, with the new Internal Medicine Curriculum. More information about this, and how recruitment to Higher Specialty Training programmes such as Respiratory Medicine will happen, can be found here.
If you're interested in Respiratory medicine, you also might want to consider attending relevant courses (e.g. thoracic ultrasound, bronchoscopy) and conferences (such as the British Thoracic Society Winter and Summer Meetings) to get more of an insight into the specialty. More information about the training programme and curriculum can be found on the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) website.
Respiratory Medicine in the East of England - a trainee's perspective, by Odiri Eneje.
The East of England is geographically large. As a trainee, you benefit from a variety of general district hospitals that provide a range of excellent learning opportunities. Many of these provide the opportunity to learn bronchoscopy, EBUS and medical thoracoscopy. You will get exposure to a wide range of general respiratory conditions including respiratory failure and non-invasive ventilation. General medicine takes are busy so you will easily cover the GIM curriculum.
The region has world-renowned institutes such as Papworth hospital and Addenbrookes hospital. They are our tertiary centers for sub-speciality training.
We have regular training days to cover the respiratory and GIM curriculums. There is a bronchoscopy simulator available to trainees, as well as a range of helpful HEE based websites as learning aids.
Research is strongly encouraged. The Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and the MRC center provide opportunities to participate in world-class research.
East Anglian Thoracic Society (EATS) holds multidisciplinary educational meetings twice yearly. Trainees are elected members of EATS. In the morning sessions trainees present their current research and interesting clinical cases, with a prize going to the best in each category.
The East of England has a lot to offer and I am sure you will find your time in Health Education England, working across the East of England highly rewarding.