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Trainees' Conference: Returning to Practice after parental leave/oope, 11 May 2017, Salisbury NHS Trust PG Centre



11 May 2017, Salisbury NHS Trust Postgraduate Centre

Attendance: Free. Register by emailing: 

  • Medical updates by specialists
  • Panel discussion on experiences of returning to training
  • Networking opportunities
  • Practical workshops

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The BGS Trainees Council needs new representatives

Prospective candidates who want to join the BGS Trainees Council are welcome to self-nominate and invited to submit expressions of interests to for one of the five available voting positions.

Deadline: Friday, 21 April 2017

These positions are:

- Chair of trainees council (Applicant must be ST3+ and member of the BGS)

- Research & Academic development representative (Applicant must be ST3+ and member of the BGS)

- Educational events representative (Applicant must be ST3+ and member of the BGS)

- Clinical Quality representative (Applicant must be ST3+ and member of the BGS)

- Junior member representative (Applicant must be a Foundation year or core medical trainee and member of the BGS)

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Research Prize - Applications Invited

The Royal College of Physicians have an opportunity for young research workers who feel they have made a major contribution to clinical science to apply for the Graham Bull prize and Goulstonian lecture. A £1,000 prize is available, and the winner will be asked to deliver the Goulstonian lecture at an RCP event.  

Applications close on 31 March 2017, and further information can be found at


New quality criteria launched to improve the quality of training

The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) has launched new quality criteria to enhance the educational experience of trainee doctors, drive up the quality of training environments and ultimately improve patient safety and experience. The criteria cover the structure of core medical training, its delivery and flexibility, what supervision and other levels of support are available to trainees, and the standards of communication that should be met. Professor David Black, JRCPTB medical director, said ‘From very early on in their career, while training as a physician, young doctors are at the front line of acute hospital care. We have an absolute responsibility to our brightest and best doctors to ensure that they are fully supported and inspired to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need in their career to provide excellent patient care in the future.’


BGS Travel Grants - Northern Ireland

The British Geriatrics Society Northern Irish Region is offering a limited number of grants of up to £450 to:

a)support attendance of meetings in Geriatric Medicine (or related subjects, e.g. Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease) abroad (including Ireland), but NOT in the UK, if the applicant’s study leave allowance is unavailable or insufficient to meet expenses to attend such meetings. 

b)To support SpRs, young doctors who have been accepted to present work at BGS Scientific Meetings, where the applicant’s study leave allowance is unavailable or insufficient to meet expenses to attend the BGS meeting and Central BGS office have already funded the applicant once within the last two years.

c)In exceptional cases, to support international medical graduates from developing countries (as defined by the World Health Organisation, who have been accepted to present work at BGS Scientific Meetings, where the applicant is unable to raise sufficient finance to meet the expenses to attend the BGS meeting. 

Download application form and general conditions here (MSWord)

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A comparison of MSc degrees offered around the United Kingdom

At my 3rd year Annual Review of Competency Progression, I was asked if I was thinking about an MSc. I had little idea about MScs.  I designed a questionnaire to find out what MScs other geriatric medicine specialist trainees were doing. I distributed it at the British Geriatrics Society Trainees Weekend, and then made a Survey Monkey version. I have summarised the answers below in case it is helpful to anyone else. Thank you to all the specialist trainees who responded.


  • MSc - Master of Science
  • PgDip - Postgraduate Diploma
  • PgCert - Postgraduate Certificate
  • MRes - Masters Degree in Research
  • MPhil - Master of Philosophy
  • MA - Master of Arts
  • LLM - Master of Laws

Some of these courses, together with details of others are listed on this site's courses section (Resources/Courses)

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