Welcome to the Postgraduate School of Medicine website. The School was founded in 2007, under the leadership of Dr Michael Dronfield, who retired in 2011. The School’s main responsibility is to commission and quality assure core and higher medical training in the East of England. We work with eighteen different Acute Trusts and offer higher training in 27 medical specialities. Although the East of England covers a wide geographical area, our Training Programme Directors endeavour to allocate trainees to rotations involving neighbouring Trusts in order to minimise travelling distances for trainees.
We undertake a rolling programme of School Visits to all of the Acute Trusts in the Region to enable us to share good practice and to bring about improvements where they are needed. All of our trainers have clearly defined roles and we are aiming to ensure that their performance in these roles is reviewed annually so that we can establish that they are delivering what we ask of them. All of our College Tutors have been asked to set up and chair local Medical Faculty Groups, which have both trainer and trainee representation and are designed to further enhance the quality of our training. Having for many years had a successful Associate College Tutors Forum, we have recently separated this in to a Higher Specialty Trainee Forum (with representatives from each specialty) and a Core Medical Trainee forum (with representatives from each Trust). Each of these fora has a WhatsApp Group (which includes the Head of School) in order to facilitate the rapid sharing of important information and to seek trainees’ views.
For our core medical trainees, we fund simulation training in acute medical scenarios/human factors and practical procedures requiring ultrasound guidance. In addition, the University of Hertfordshire delivers “Acting up as a Medical Registrar” simulation days for CMT2s on behalf of the School. We encourage all our Acute Trusts to purchase sufficient licenses for all their trainees to have access to Medical Masterclass. We currently run at least six mock PACES examinations per year and are aiming to increase the frequency of these.
For higher specialty trainees, the School offers funding to support Regional Training Days and Simulation Training. HEE EoE also provides opportunities for the development of leadership skills through the Senior Resident Programme and offers funding for up to seven trainees to undertake a higher degree in Medical Education. There are three General Internal Medicine (G(I)M) Training Days delivered each year by Trusts in Essex (Basildon, Broomfield and Southend) to facilitate achievement of external G(I)M training requirements, in addition to the Cambridge Medical Seminars which the School sponsors.
A particular strength in the East of England is academic medicine with the opportunities for research in the Cambridge area being among the best in the World. The School funds a Research Skills Training for Clinicians Course which is run at least annually over a weekend with eminent speakers drawn from our local research community.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr Fraz Mir