Foundation interim year 1 (FiY1) – success or failure?


  Richard Phillips is an Academic FY1 Doctor in Birmingham interested in helping to bridge the gap between pre-clinical and clinical medicine. Having recently been a member of the cohort of 2020 graduating medics I have experienced firsthand the FiY1 programme (henceforth referred to as “interim”). This hastily concocted programme was a UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) initiative primarily in response to the fears of NHS staff sickness during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the cancellation or modification of medical finals up all across the country, March, April and May saw the early (and rather unceremonious) graduation of ~8,500 new doctors. However, with the formal FY1 programme not set to start until 5th August 2020 there remained 8,500 fresh-faced doctors who couldn't be deployed. The interim programme allowed these new doctors the opportunity to commence work early in either: 1) a hospital linked to their medical school deanery; 2) a hospital linked to the deanery...

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Local Rep Nottingham Event: What is MedEd? With Professor Gillian Doody


Pradipta Debnath      Pradipta, originally from Bangladesh, is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Nottingham. His interest in MedEd led him to become the local rep for JASME and organise this event. Other interests include medical research, leadership and neuroscience and he is also the founding president of the 'Nottingham Medical Leadership Society'. In his free time, Pradipta loves watching (sometimes performing) stand-up comedy, playing cricket and going to the gym. Medical Education (MedEd) is a field many people are interested in, but few know exactly where to start. The purpose of this event was to spread awareness about the field and provide an overview of the possible career pathways. The speaker at the event, Professor Gillian Doody (who is the Dean of Medical Education), is a familiar face for Nottingham medical students, which is an important reason why the turnout at the event was so high....

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Announcing the recipients of the 2020 round of the EDC Educator Development Awards

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The Educator Development Committee (EDC) of ASME seeks to support and promote the professional development of healthcare educators and to disseminate good practice in medical education. The ASME EDC Educator Development Awards are aimed at providing funding for an individual to further develop themselves as an educator. Options include (but are not limited to) travel to visit a host institution to gain experience in a specific type of teaching, travel to events or conferences, attendance at relevant courses or undertaking a specific educational development in a home institution. In allocating awards, the EDC will take account of the professional development of the individual and will specifically target those who are at an early or mid-stage of their career and where other sources of funding are unlikely to be available. Research projects will not normally be funded, nor will applications to register on certificate, diploma or masters courses. We are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients:...

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Announcing the recipients of the 2020 round of the EDC Education Innovation Award

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ASME’s Educator Development Committee (EDC) seeks to support and promote the personal and professional development of healthcare educators of all disciplines and to disseminate good practice in medical education. The ASME EDC Education Innovation Awards have been developed to highlight, promote and disseminate examples of innovative educational practice in healthcare professionals’ education. The value of this award is up to a maximum of £1,000 towards professional development expenses and one free registration for the ASME ASM. The ASME EDC Education Innovation Awards are aimed at providing funding for an individual educator or team of educators to develop an educational innovation that demonstrates originality, is of practical significance, is applicable to educators in other centres and which may fill a gap in pedagogy. We are pleased to announce our 2020 Winners Krishan Nandapalan, Newcastle University, "Low-cost, High-fidelity 3D Printed Task Trainers" "I'm really thankful to ASME for recognising the work I put into this project and hope this...

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Launch of mentor training pilot By Bob McKinley and Simon Frazer

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  ASME mentoring pilot We are delighted to announce that ASME’s mentoring pilot is about to start. ‘We’ are Bob McKinley, the Director with responsibility for career groups and Simon Frazer from ‘Doctors Training’ which has been appointed as the training provider for the pilot. We are working toward having our first mentors’ training workshop in February 2021. However, because this is a pilot and correspondingly of small scale the mentors’ workshop will not be open to all members initially but if the pilot is successful, ASME plans to run more workshops. So, what is this all about? Many us will have had the privilege of having a colleague who has taken the time to be ‘interested’ in us and our career and given us the time and the space to talk and think about ourself and our career. They may have helped us think about where we are, where we...

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